We know the term “dip flu” has been going around the nail community for a while now. But what actually is it? Keep reading to learn more about “Dip Flu”
Fair warning: This content should NOT be taken as medical advice. Seek medical counsel for any symptoms.
What Is The Dip Flu?
You may have noticed that "dip flu" has become a catch-all term for any kind of allergic reaction some dip manicure users have. They were either sensitive to the dipping liquids, to the dip powder, or both. But most of the reports we've read attribute the allergic sensitivities to the liquids, such as the base and the top coat
It has to be noted, however, that not everybody reacts the same way to any part of the dip nail system.
Case in point:
Some people have been doing dip nails for years with no reactions.
Some people get the dip flu every time they do dip mani.
Some people had the dip flu once and never again.
Suffice it to say, whether you’re dipping at home or at a salon, there may or may not be side effects at all. Since the dip flu is not an official medical condition, descriptions of the symptoms may also vary.
What Are The Symptoms?
After searching the internet for actual experiences of dip powder users, here are
the symptoms they've shared.
Nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing
Infected skin (especially surrounding the nail bed)
Itchy throat and watery eyes
Tightness in chest
Generally irritated skin
Headache and/or nausea
These symptoms can be likened to those of the seasonal allergies, too. That's why it's no surprise that some thought it's just their common allergies kicking in at a weird time. Some figured it's the dip flu since it coincided with whenever they do dip manicures.
Even their experiences with the symptoms differ from each other.
They had the dip flu either on the day they got their dip powder nails or the next day—even days after. It also either lasted for a few hours or a day or longer.
It's hard to lay down a definitive description of the dip flu symptoms.
Should You Worry About It?
Despite what we have heard almost our whole live, beauty should NOT cause pain.
Getting a dip powder mani should be a fun, relaxing process that doesn't create painful allergic reactions.
So what could be the cause of all this? Causes likely include:
Allergies to the dip liquid formulas
Allergies to the dip powder
Pre-existing skin conditions
Pre-existing respiratory conditions like asthma or bronchitis
Even some of those with pre-existing respiratory conditions confirmed that their dip powder nails didn't trigger their ailments at all.
To add to that, some at-home dip powder nail kit users report that "This never happened to me getting my nails done at the salon".
The assumption is that when you do your own dip nails, you're in closer proximity to the dipping products and or not all well ventilated room. So if you're prone to allergic reactions or irritations, it's best to keep your hand at a safe distance from your face while working on your dip mani.
What Can We All Do To Prevent It?
If you find that you are highly allergic to the actual dip powder formulas, you can take steps to limit your exposure during your DIY dip manicure session.
Using a high-quality construction mask during the process might help you breathe freely and avoid the irritation and headaches from inhaling the products’ scent.
For any type of nail application, including dipping, be sure to apply products or do your nails in an open or well-ventilated room.
Note that well-ventilated does not mean having a fan blowing on you—that can kick the dip powder into the air. Be sure the a/c or the breeze from outdoors isn’t too strong nor blowing dust around.
Do your dip nails in an environment with a lot of light, so you know if you’re spilling product. Being diligent with how you’re applying the products helps minimize the amount of cleanup after doing your nails. You’ll save time and help prevent irritation.
Use an old towel, cloth, or mat that can be easily washed on your work surface, so you can properly catch and dispose of dust particles.
Consider using an air purifier or even a humidifier to prevent dry air or breathing in dust particles.
After application, shake off all the dust outside on a non-windy day.
Hop in the shower immediately once your dip nails are dried to rinse off any remaining residue.
So... Is The Dip Flu Struggle Real? Or Is The Dip Flu A Fluke? Probably A Mere Coincidence?
Honestly, it's hard to tell.
The portion of users that negatively responds to dip nails may be waaay smaller than those unaffected by the dip flu.
But this is not to say you should let your guard down.
We'd say just monitor yourself after doing your dip nails. See how your body responds.
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