Any contra-indication wouldn’t be carried out if contagious/allergic to product as G.P consent wouldn’t be given.  (Please use this page as a guide only)

INFECTIONS:

BACTERIA:

Impetigo - reddening of skin, but soon become a cluster of blisters, pustules.  Highly contagious, treatment would cause cross infection.  Recommend client go and see G.P., consent would be required.

Stye (hordeolum) – inflammation of eyelid, often-upper lid. Caused by infection in hair follicle – swelling, redness, pain is felt at margin of eyelid.  Scratching or rubbing infected area could cause infection to spread.  Cause cross infection, G.P consent would be required.  

Boil/Furuncles – Infection of a hair follicle caused by staphylococci bacteria.  Acute inflammation occurs with pus formation.  G.P Consent required before treatment – cross infection.

VIRAL:

Herpes Simplex (Cold sore) – Herpes Simplex - highly contagious - treatment would cause cross infection.  No treatment in affected area.    A temporary infection.

Conjunctivitis itchy, sore - can affect both eyes.  Highly contagious - cause cross infection.  G.P consent required.

Warts – Firm papule with a rough horny surface – varies in size.  G.P consent required if open and weeping – cross infection.  Avoid immediate area, cover with petroleum jelly and work around the area if closed and not weeping.

Shingles – Caused by the chicken pox virus.  Patches areas of erythema, vesicles and papules that can erupt and leave scar tissue.  G.P consent required – cross infection

FUNGAL:

Ringworm  

Affect different parts of the body.   Depending on the severity: mild scaling or inflamed red itchy areas.  G.P consent required.    Cross infection.  

SCABIES:

Caused by infestation with the parasitic “Itch mite”. G.P consent required.  No treatment should be carried out, highly contagious.

LICE (Pediculouis) (Head/Body and Pubic area)–

Infestation of the hair and clothes with wingless insects that suck the blood.  Nits and egg cases can be seen in good light and on dark hair.  Intense irritation, possible scratch marks and rash.  G.P consent required.  Cross infection and contamination.

BRUISING, CUTS AND ABRASIONS:

Bruising, cuts and abrasions on the treatment area could be painful for the client.  Would be unsure of damage or cause; hinder natural healing process so G.P. consent would be required.   Cuts and abrasions if open/weeping – cross infection.  A temporary disorder.

ALLERGY TO PRODUCT

G.P. consent letter would be required before treatment. Otherwise untreatable if client is unsure what ingredient is allergic to.  Be aware of Hypersensitivity – extremely sensitive skin – could be allergic to product

OPERATIONS OR RECENT SCAR TISSUE:

Recent scar tissue, after an operation client should wait 6 months before a treatment on the area.  Could interfere with the natural healing process, could also be very painful.  This also applies to fractures, sprains, broken bones.

RECENT HAEMORRAGE 

G.P consent required as would stimulate the skin and could cause more problems. 

SKIN DISORDERS:

Psoriasis  - areas of the skin round or oval shaped, dull red papules appear, covered in silvery scales, can become infected.    Open or weeping - no treatment can be carried out G.P consent would be required.  A temporary condition.  Could cause cross infection.

Eczema - red rashes sometimes raised, itchiness, blisters, weeping may occur, scaling of skin, can also crack. Varies greatly from one person to another.  G.P consent   required as certain products may irritate condition.  If infected could cause cross infection, although this condition is not contagious.  Non-treatable if open and weeping.

SWELLING/UNDIAGNOSED LUMPS AND BUMPS:

Swelling etc to the treatable area could be hiding a more serious problem, wouldn’t know cause, and could also hinder natural healing process.  G.P consent required.   A temporary condition.

RAISED AND HAIRY MOLES/MOLES:

Moles do not prevent a treatment unless they are inflamed, swollen, weeping  or open.  G.P consent would be required as could cause cross infection.  Otherwise cover with petroleum jelly as you wouldn’t want to over stimulate the area, and work around.

MEDICATION

G.P consent required if on medication for the skin e.g. Acne.  Retin A or Accutane as could tear the skin.

SUNBED/SUNBURN/SAUNA/HEAT RASH 

Although this is not a contra-indication to the treatment.  The client would have to wait at least 24 hours or until the condition subsides before a treatment is carried out.  With sunburn there are four degrees of erythema from slight reddening to swelling, blistering and peeling.  The skin is very hot and painful.  Also STEAM HEAT treatments, the client should wait 24 hours as the pores in the skin are open.

LOSS OF SENSATION

G.P consent would be required as the client would not be able to detect heat/cold or pain from treatment.  Could possibly burn the client.

SELF TAN

Advise client who uses self-tan that waxing may cause their tan to appear patchy.  As these products contain a chemical, dihydroxyacetone which reacts with keratin, causing it to change colour.

DIABETES

Although this is a contra-indication, the client should be carefully monitored throughout the treatment to make sure the skin does not over react, as their skin is slow to heal, have poor circulation and blood sugar levels that need to be monitored.  G.P consent would be required.

VARICOSE VEINS

G.P consent required due to the vein being so close to the surface – could rupture and cause bleeding.

FRAGILE/CRÊPEY SKIN

Risk of tearing the clients skin, so is non-treatable.

BROKEN BONES/FRACTURES/SPRAINS

No treatment is to be carried out on any of the above within 6 months, as this would hinder with the natural healing process.  G.P. consent would be required.

MASTITIS

Is inflammation of the breast.  Symptoms – raised temperature, congested and painful breasts.  Inflammation is hormonal rather than infective, although acute suppurative mastitis the breast can become infected with staphylococcus aureus (bacterial) G.P consent would be required as this condition is painful and therapist would be unsure what level the mastitis is at.

MENSTRUATION

Although this is not a contra-indication, a woman’s pain threshold is at its lowest immediately before and during her period.  Hormones stimulate the regrowth of hair are most active during this period.  Avoid wax depilation at this time if possible so not to cause undue pain on the client.  If client is happy to continue then do so.