Regulating pedicures in Pennsylvania

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A skin-crawling story has surfaced about a 12-year-old Oregon girl who developed sores on her legs after getting a pedicure.

ABC27’s Christine McClarty is looking into health regulations that Pennsylvania nail salons would have to follow so the same thing doesn’t happen to you or a loved one.

Christine spoke with the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology which oversees licensing and proper procedures that salons must follow.

She also spoke with Harrisburg’s Devine Crown Academy of Cosmetology, which who proper pedicure procedures are of utmost importance. The cosmetology academy says there is a major difference between sterilization and sanitation and if the proper procedures aren’t followed, it can result in amputation or death.

To check whether your salon and nail technician/manicurist is in good standing with the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, go to

If that search shows there has been disciplinary action against the person or facility, you can search for the disciplinary documents at


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