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Gel and artificial nails have been issued with a health warning by doctors.

Gel and acrylic nails have reached a pinnacle of popularity thanks to the hundreds of low-cost nail salons springing up all throughout Australia. Because they are more durable than a conventional manicure, it is understandable that busy and working ladies take time out to have their nails done every now and again.

However, new research shows that both nail treatments contain a chemical that, if not applied appropriately, might cause negative effects. Dermatologists in the United Kingdom and Ireland have issued an official health warning concerning the methacrylate chemical, which is found in most gel and artificial nails and is causing a 'allergy epidemic' among women in the two countries.

In 2017, the researchers looked at allergy testing from 4,931 individuals across 13 dermatological clinics in the UK and Ireland, and discovered that at least 2.4 percent of people may be allergic to this substance.

According to a 2017 study by the British Association of Dermatologists, allergic reactions to the chemical are most prevalent when it comes into contact with the skin. Loosening nails or a severe red and itchy rash that occurs anywhere on the body, including the eyelids, face, and neck, might cause breathing issues in severe cases.

The allergic reaction appears to be more common in beauticians who handle nail products on a daily basis, as well as when customers conduct their own gel or acrylic manicures at home rather than seeing a qualified professional. The conclusion here is that you should avoid at-home gel and acrylic nail kits and instead entrust your paws to a reputable nail technician.

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