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A North Carolina woman who claims to have almost lost her leg in a severe skin infection now warns others of the dangers of callus cutters during a pedicure.
In June, Tracy Martinez of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, went for a pedicure in a "very clean" salon, she recalled on Facebook. The next day, however, she fell ill with fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. And her condition soon worsened.
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"I'm off balance, my leg was huge, I'm out there when it has no strength," she wrote, adding An ambulance was called soon afterwards to take her to a local hospital.
Doctors later told Martinez that she had a serious case of cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection that "can spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream and quickly become life-threatening," according to the Mayo Clinic.
"Cellulite occurs when bacteria, most commonly streptococci and staphylococcus, invade your skin through a tear or fracture," explains the medical center.
Symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness, redness spots and blisters, among other signs.
In Martinez's case, the doctors informed her that she had probably developed cellulite after being removed by a callus cutter – a tool that removes dead skin from heels and feet. This has not been used during their pedicure in the salon
In North Carolina, callus cutters are banned by the state cosmetics office, WFAA reported. Martinez said she was only aware of this after being hospitalized for the infection for two weeks.
Martinez, 35, added that she would be taking medication to treat the remnants of the infection for the next three months. She will also need to wear a compression stocking on the affected leg to prevent future infections.
"Would I lose my leg, would I lose my life?"
"I've been through hell, pain, shock, everything, but I want to raise awareness," she wrote, warning others not to say no to callus cutters.
"Every day was a new chapter in what would happen to my leg," said Martinez, whose Facebook post has garnered 50,000,000 responses and more than 150,000 shares, WFAA said.
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"Would I lose my leg, would I lose my life?" She wondered.
Martinez was not immediately available for comment when Fox News was contacted on Tuesday.