A woman has had to have her finger amputated after she developed an infection during a visit to a nail salon.

Stella Falcone caught the infection after getting a tiny cut during a manicure in Melbourne.

She was told to go to the hospital, where she then had days of operations before her finger had to be cut off.

Falcone told Channel 9’s A Current Affair she had five operations in six days and ended up losing the top of her finger.

“The equipment at the nail salon wasn’t sterilised,” she said. “They used the same drill, and just put it in a polystyrene slip next to them, and all the girls used the same drill.” 

Her case came to light after reporter Alex Bernhardt suffered an infection in her elbow called septic bursitis after getting a cut at a nail salon.

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She had to spend three days in the hospital on intravenous antibiotics and only just avoided surgery.

Mix 102.3 Adelaide