Dip Flu - & how to avoid it!

Ever feel like you're coughing, sneezing, and getting a headache after dipping your nails?

Dip manicures have become one of the most popular trends.  They last longer than most manicures and don't need to be cured with a lamp so it's super easy to DIY yourself at home.  While it's completely safe, some users may experience something called the "Dip Flu".

What is Dip Flu?

Dip Flu has become a catchy term for those who experience any form of allergic reaction to dip powders or foundations.

Since dip flu is not an official medical condition and was a term created by the nail community, some people may wonder if it’s real or just a mere coincidence.  There are people who may never experience any allergic reaction despite doing dip manicures for years! Some may experience it once - or never at all.

Symptoms of Dip Flu

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms after you get a dip manicure, you might be experiencing dip flu!

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Headache/nausea
  • Tightness in chest
  • Infected skin (around the nail bed)
  • Irritated skin
  • Respiratory irritation

Dip flu symptoms might last from a few hours to a few days. If you get seasonal allergies, you might mistake the dip flu for your common seasonal allergy. You may not experience these symptoms on the same day you got your nails done. But after a day or two, you may get dip flu. That’s why it’s important to monitor yourself during, and after every dip manicure you get.

Causes of Dip Flu

You’re more likely to experience dip flu if you:

  • Are allergic to the dip powder.
  • Are allergic to the dip liquid
  • Have poor hygiene.
  • Have pre-existing skin conditions.
  • Have asthma, bronchitis, or other respiratory conditions.

But you know what's interesting? Even some of those with pre-existing respiratory conditions confirmed that their dip powder nails didn't trigger their ailments at all.

Ways to Avoid Dip Flu

You need to take the following steps to avoid dip flu if you are allergic to dipping products:

  1. Room Should Be Well-Ventilated

If you’re doing your own dip nails, sit in a well-ventilated room. But that doesn’t mean you should switch on a fan. You can simply open your window. Be sure that the wind is not too strong or else the powder will spread over the whole area.

  1. Wear A Mask

Either you are allergic to dipping products or not, wear a mask. It will prevent you from inhaling the strong fragrances, and you’ll be able to avoid the dip flu. 

  1. Sit In A Well-Lit Place

To prevent yourself from spilling the product, sit in a well-lit place. Be careful while handling and applying the products. 

  1. Stay At A Safe Distance From Dipping Products

If you’re getting your nails done at a salon, request your technician to keep the dipping products away from you. Limiting your exposure to the products is the only way to avoid dip flu. If you’re doing the manicure, be sure to keep your hands away from your face.

Once you have done the manicure, clean the surface using a wet towel or cloth.

  1. Use Your Own Dip Powder

Have your nail technician use the pour-over method; or bring your own powder!


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  • Thank you very much for this information. It was very helpful!


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