Nail Dip Flu: How to Deal and Avoid It


"There is no beauty without some strangeness"
- Edgar Allan Poe

Nail art can be a whimsical and fun thing to do, but Dip Flu seems inevitable with the chemicals you're constantly using and regularly exposed to achieve that trendy or polished look.

Whether you're practicing nail art at home or doing nail sets in the salon, you've probably heard of the term Nail Dip Flu or have experienced an allergic reaction to nail dipping powder.

Dip manicures are popular because they are much easier to do, stay for a long time, won't chip, and don't require a nail lamp for curing. 

Dip manicures quickly took the nail art world by storm because of these reasons. It seemed too good to be true until Dip Flu came along! As the adage says, prevention is better than cure; let us know what Nail Dip Flu is all about.  

It's important to know that Dip Flu is not a recognized medical condition. Instead, Dip Flu comes from the root phrase of dipping powders, and nail techs or nail enthusiasts use this term to identify allergic reactions or sensitivity people have when using or being exposed to dipping powders or foundations.

What is Nail Dip Flu?

There are specific hazards to note when using any nail or cosmetic products when placed on your skin or body. There are people who haven't experienced Dip Flu even if they are using dipping powders daily, which is why some people regard it as a simple allergy to dip powder or purely coincidental.

Here are the symptoms of Nail Dip Flu:

Note: It's essential to be aware of these symptoms when using dipping powders in your nail sessions, whether you have seasonal allergies. It can be tricky to distinguish one from the other.

  • Congestion in the nose or a runny nose

  • Sneezing

  • Irritation of the lungs

  • Chest tightness

  • Lethargy

  • Coughing

  • Throat itch

  • Eyes that are watering

  • Headache

  • Nausea

  • Skin that has been infected (around the nail bed)

These symptoms may not appear on the same day that you have your nails done. However, you may develop Dip Flu after a day or two. That's why it's crucial to keep a close eye on yourself during and after each dip manicure.

What causes Nail Dip Flu?

You're more likely to experience Dip Flu if you:

  • Are allergic to the dip powder.

  • Are allergic to the dipping liquid or powder

  • Have poor hygiene.

  • Have pre-existing skin conditions.

  • Have asthma, bronchitis, or other respiratory diseases.

People who had pre-existing respiratory problems said their dip powder nails didn't make them worse. 

How long does Nail Dip Flu last?

Dip Flu symptoms can take a while before it's gone, depending on their severity and your allergic reaction to the dipping powder. But suppose you're still suffering from these symptoms or allergies for several days.

In that case, you should consult a doctor immediately to check if there's an underlying condition or any long-term effects of using Dip Flu.

Is Nail Dip Flu contagious?

Dip Flu is not contagious, and you don't have to worry about that part; however, it is critical to protect oneself when prepping or creating nail art designs to avoid allergy-like symptoms from disrupting your efficiency at work.

Ways to avoid Nail 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 dip nails, sit in a well-ventilated room. But that doesn't mean you should switch on a fan. You can open your window. Be sure that the wind is not too strong, or else the powder will spread over the whole area.

2. Wear a mask and use protective gear


It is definitely necessary to wear protective gear such as a face mask or eyewear when you do manicures or nail art. 

Either you are allergic to dipping products or not, wear a mask. It will prevent you from inhaling the strong fragrances and powder itself, and you'll be able to avoid the Dip Flu. 

3. 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. Working in an area where it is sunny or bright can make you see if the dipping powder is scattering or not. 

4. 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.

5. Use or bring your dip powder

Have your nail technician use the pour-over method, or bring your powder whenever you booked a nail session or treatment.

Since some experts believe that there's a high chance of bacteria in the dipping powder container, you can avoid exposing yourself by bringing your own iGel Beauty Dipping powder to minimize the potential danger.

Dip Flu shouldn't stop you from your love of nail art!  Still, it's important to practice safety precautions whether you're a nail technician or a nail hobbyist. 


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