People with low immune systems such as diabetics, the elderly and HIV patients are especially vulnerable to bacteria pedicure infections and more serious complications including death. It is necessary for these persons to be extra vigilant in avoiding the use of non-disinfected foot spas and pedicure sinks. If you notice any boils that won rs"t heal and begin to ooze pus after receiving a foot soak in a foot spa, it rs"s best to consult a doctor.
Also look for registration and licensing information on the walls as well as board of health certifications. This can give patrons a false sense of security though, as many of these same salons with such certificates hanging on the walls have claimed to be just too busy to clean pedicure sinks and foot spas in between clients. Remember too, that in this digital age many documents can be forged or produced.
The term tub is also often used to describe plumbed pedicure sinks or basins that are usually recessed into floors of establishments much like the sinks in your kitchen and bathroom. They are normally outfitted with features such as circulating pumps, bubble jets, jet massagers and many of the same functions found in Jacuzzis. Some are without pipes while others require that they be installed by a licensed plumber (in some cases an electrician also). These can cost hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. They are normally found in salons and spas.
These plumbed pedicure tubs/sinks however are known to pass on infections to people using them, so you should be very careful where you use one. If these units are not washed regularly and the filters not cleaned, bacteria can build up to high levels. If you arencrs"t sure about the cleanliness of a plumbed pedicure sink, you will be a lot better off opting to use a portable unit or a standing water unit that can be more easily cleaned and disinfected or just going someplace else.