Allure – Dr. Joshua Zeichner: "What LA Bartenders and Your Manicurist Should Have in Common"

A new food safety law in Los Angeles requires bartenders to snap on the latex while preparing cocktails.

New York, NY
 – January 17, 2014  –– 

A few months ago, I could've sworn I got the flu via a manicure. The technician had been sneezing and coughing, but she'd had on a mask, so I'd felt safe. (Sort of.) A couple of days later, though, I was achy and feverish and cursing my pretty nails. Would gloves have kept me from getting sick? "Disposable gloves can definitely help prevent transmission of infectious diseases, especially when you are in direct contact with someone, like a manicurist," said Joshua Zeichner, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at The Mount Sinai Hospital. "One other thought is the spreading of viruses like warts or herpes simplex, both of which can occur on the hands. Gloves can prevent transmission of those infections by providing a physical barrier." Learn more