What Is Dip Flu?

Dip Flu – Symptoms To Watch Out For & How To Prevent It

Have you ever experienced flu-like symptoms after getting a dip powder nail manicure? It might be the Dip Flu! Keep reading to find out what symptoms to look out for, and how to find some relief!

What Is Dip Flu?

Dip flu isn't an official medical condition, but in the nail industry, it's the name given to a set of cold and flu-like symptoms that some people experience when they get dip powder manicures.

In most cases, it's an allergic reaction or irritation caused by dip powders, liquids, or both. Some common symptoms include:

  • Runny nose, nasal congestion
  • Watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Itchy throat, coughing
  • Respiratory irritation
  • Irritated skin, especially around nails

Most people are unaffected by the dip flu, but for those who are, they may find that symptoms appear every time they are using dip nail products, some of the time, or only once in their lifetime. Symptoms can last a day or longer.

People who have pre-existing respiratory or skin conditions are often more sensitive to the dip powders and liquids. For example, people with sensitive lungs may find that simply inhaling the products' scent will cause irritation in their throat and lungs.

Since some of these dip flu symptoms are so similar to seasonal allergies, some people brush it off as common allergies kicking in. However, if you find that there's a link between feeling unwell and your dip manicure sessions, seek medical counsel!

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Ways To Prevent Dip Flu

Following these steps can help you avoid dip flu:

Work In A Well Ventilated Room

Most nail salons have ventilation systems that suck up fumes so you don't have to breathe them in. For at-home DIY dip mani sessions, make sure you work in a well-ventilated room. Open windows and doors to make sure fresh air is getting in.

Use Air Purifiers

Besides having proper ventilation, using an air purifying device can come in handy for filtering out nail dust particles and powders. Some air filters can help to reduce or eliminate fumes and odors. This is particularly helpful for people who get headaches from inhaling the products' odors.

Avoid Fans

Fans may seem like a good idea as they help to circulate the air. However, they are also blowing dust around which can irritate your throat and lungs. The powder in dip nail systems is finely milled acrylic, which can easily be picked up by a fan and blown around the room.

Wear Protection

Using a high-quality construction mask, or a face mask that can block out odors and dust can help you breathe freely and avoid irritation or allergic reactions. If you find that your skin is getting irritated, wear fingerless gloves, and other clothing like long sleeves and pants to limit your exposure to dip nail products. 

Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face

While getting your nails done, don't touch your face! This prevents any of the nail dipping products from getting inside your body (through your mouth or eyes) and making your feel sick. For the same reason, don't eat or drink during your appointment. 

Once your service is done, give your hands a good wash before going on with your daily activities. 

Don't Get Too Close To Products

We get it, it's tempting to lean in to get a better look when applying the products. However, this is an easy way for irritants and allergens to get into our bodies. That's why it's important to keep a safe distance from your face and nails during a manicure.

Main Takeaway

Dip flu can be an annoying side effect of getting your nails done, or for others, a scary experience. Regardless, take the necessary steps to protect yourself to avoid getting sick. If you find that symptoms are getting worse, or you have a really bad reaction, go see medical advice immediately!


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About the Author Catherine

As a kid, I discovered the world of Japanese nail art through a magazine and since then, I haven't been able to stop thinking about anything related to nails! After following a more traditional educational path and earning my Bachelor's of Science in Food and Nutrition, I decided it was time to pursue my childhood passion. In 2015, I earned my diploma from Blanche Macdonald’s Nail Technology Program. After that, I got certified with YUMI Lashes and opened Sunday Beauty Boutique in 2017. These days, I'm focused on providing a 'no rush' experience to a select clientele, teaching as a nail instructor at Blanche Macdonald, as well as providing resources on beauty related topics to clients and estheticians on my blog.

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