Young Woman Loses Her Toenails After Getting A Fish Pedicure

Young Woman Loses Her Toenails After Getting A Fish Pedicure

Young Woman Loses Her Toenails After Getting A Fish Pedicure

A NY woman lost her toenails after developing a condition believed to have been brought on by a fish pedicure, according to the dermatologist who treated the issue. Dr. Lipner was convinced that her patient has no other previous health issues that would explain what happened with her toenails. While it's not clear the flesh-nibbling fish caused it, experts have warned in the past that fish pedicures may carry a risk of infection.

But the woman said before the problems with her nails began after she had a fish pedicure.

Lipner noticed that several of the woman's toenails had started separating from the nail beds.

A few case reports have also directly traced foot infections to these treatments.

Fish spas used to be all the rage when they first came out.

Months after her nails stopped growing and fell off, the woman went to visit her dermatologist, who ruled out other known causes of onychomadesis, including major illness or side effects from medications.

"We will have to wait quite a while to see the outcome", she said.

Lipner said the woman's nails may grow back - but it'll take as long as 18 months.

If you are on holiday and you just can't resist the ticklish temptation, then do your research into your chosen treatment facility and ensure they are reputable and clean.

Here in Canada, the Vancouver Island Health Authority shut down a fish pedicure spa in Duncan, 2011, citing concerns the pedicures could lead to the transmission of skin diseases. But there were special contraindications for fish pedicures that needed to be considered; recent waxing or shaving, certain skin disorders and cuts on the feet or legs could increase one's risk of infection, she said. The culprit was found to be a streptococcal bacteria, a strain that is associated with fish like tilapia, according to David Verner-Jeffreys, a senior microbiologist at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in the UK.

"Being omnivores, when there are insufficient plant sources, they will eat human skin", Shari Lipner, assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University's Weill Cornell Medicine and report's author wrote.

Verner-Jeffreys did comment that the fish spa phase didn't last long in the United Kingdom.

Health experts have raised their concerns in regards to fish spas since the fish are recycled and used again on various customers.

"I wouldn't say it necessarily poses a significant risk to humans, but it did illustrate that they may be carrying things which are nasty both to fish and humans".

Despite the name, "fish pedicures do not meet the legal definition of a pedicure", the CDC says.

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