Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Fish pedicure causes woman to lose her toenails, report says

Fish pedicure causes woman to lose her toenails, report says

Fish pedicures involve having small fish nibble at your feet while they're soaked in a tub of warm or room temperature water.

It's thought that the woman will not be toenail-free forever.

"While the exact mechanism is unknown, it is likely that direct trauma caused by fish biting multiple nail units causes a cessation in nail plate production", Lipner writes.

Also, Garra rufa fish can carry bacteria like Streptococcus agalactiae, which can eventually lead to more serious problems like pneumonia and other bacterial infections.

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The subject, in her 20s, said she began losing her toenails despite not having any pain or previous trauma to her feet.

Lipner added although there is no definite way to determine that the fish pedicure was the reason behind the abnormal toenails fall, she is pretty sure it is what caused the condition.

"This is not uncommon in women with a Greek foot ... who wear high heels and pinpointed shoes", Tosti said, referring to feet whose second toes are longer than the first, like Greek statues.

The woman's toenails may grow back in 12 to 18 months, given that toenails only grow around 1 millimeter per month, CNN reported.

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This is the first known instance that the condition has been linked to a fish pedicure. Bacteria also can also be transmitted when the fish are fed.

Some great alternatives to fish pedicures include regular pedicures or pumice stones. Lipner was not able to identify the fish species involved in this case. "This case highlights the importance of skin and nail problems associated with fish pedicures and the need for dermatologists to educate our patients about these adverse effects", the report stated. It could be due to lingering microbes from whomever's feet were there last, versus the fish itself. For one, fish (and fish tubs) can't be properly sanitized between pedicures (and are often reused), which makes transmitting infections between people a very real possibility. In work done previously with the UK's Health Protection Agency, she helped produce the agency's 2011 guidance on fish spas.

Verner-Jeffreys did comment that the fish spa phase didn't last long in the United Kingdom. There are concerns about the potential transmission of pathogens, but no cases of infections after this procedure have been published so far.' However, the case study captioned, Staphylococcus aureus infection of the feet following fish pedicure claimed that person did suffer from an infection of the feet after getting a fish pedicure done.

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