A Fish Pedicure May Have Made This Woman's Toenails Fall Off

Share
A Fish Pedicure May Have Made This Woman's Toenails Fall Off

According to a case report published by her doctor in JAMA Dermatology, the woman's toenails stopped growing and started falling off soon after she received a so-called fish pedicure.

"I do not recommend fish pedicures for any medical or aesthetic goal", Lipner said. The species of fish used - a toothless carp known as Garra rufa - are usually plant eaters, but in a pinch, they will also eat dead human skin. All seemed fine at first, but a few months later, she noticed her toenails were shedding and separating from her toes.

"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".

Writing in the journal JAMA Dermatology, she explained that the freaky beauty ritual first gained traction after people noticed that wild populations of the toothless fish - a member of the carp family native to Turkey - liked to nibble on human skin, and for whatever reason, preferred munching on unsightly psoriasis plaques more than normal tissue.

"While the mechanism of action is not entirely clear, it is likely due to the fish traumatizing the nail matrix", Sheri Lipner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University's Weill Cornell Medicine and the woman's doctor, told the website. The woman assumed at first that she had onychomadesis, however, her dermatologist informed her that onychomadesis was not the reason this was happening.

Now it's those trendy fish pedicures that are shrouded in horror. In addition, in 2014, researchers from Italy reported the case of a person who took a fish pedicure and then developed a foot infection caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium.

As for the woman, her nails will likely return, but not for a long time.

"Unfortunately the water is sometimes contaminated with bacteria and other pathogens and the fish themselves can do more damage than good", Day said.

One skin expert not involved with the case said the report raises cause for concern.

For the sake of protecting her patient's anonymity, Lipner can't reveal where the woman got her pedicure. In 2011, the Vancouver Island Health Authority also banned it, saying that there were bacterial risks because the fish could not be sterilized.

At least 10 states in the US have banned the treatment because of its potential health hazards, the CDC said, though 2011 Health Protection Agency guidelines considered the risk of bacterial infection from fish spas to be "very low" but not completely avoidable. As a result, people may see deep grooves that run horizontally across their nails - known as Beau lines - or they may see larger gaps where there is no nail, the AAD said.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Hot, sticky weather will cling to ME this week
As of now, storms that develop could be potent, potentially strong to severe... we'll keep you updated as we get closer in time. There is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with the best chances north and west of the Interstate 95 corridor.

Netflix is testing an expensive new 'Ultra' subscription tier
Price ranges from €17 to €20 a month (£15-£17.70), and some have reported Ultra stealing features from the "Premium" package. According to TuttoAndroid , users in Italy have noticed a new "Ultra" plan costing an additional €3.

How a comedian's prank call was allegedly patched through to the president
The White House is investigating how a call from a comedian was connected to President Trump as he was traveled on Air Force One. While driving, he said he received another call: "They go, 'Hey, we have President Trump on the line for Senator Menendez'".

Japan's World Cup 'psychic octopus' killed for food
Achilles , who hails from St Petersburg, rose to fame after a string of correct results in last year's Confederations Cup. After Abe sold Rabio to a food market the fisherman quickly replaced him with Rabio Jr.

Football fan detained after 'England' scrawled on statue
In Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium, who last reached the semis in 1986, have two of the game's most devastating creators. English football is changing, and not only because the national team has finally managed to win a World Cup penalty shootout.

Wolverhampton pub erupts as England beat Colombia
Maradona, who captained Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup, said he was surprised Geiger had been chosen for the match. So yes, there was a feeling of catharsis this morning when England finally won a World Cup shootout for the first time .

Cavani will have to "destroy science" to face France - Rami
Two-goal striker went down holding his right leg in an off-the-ball incident and was substituted with 16 minutes to go. But we will try our best and look to impose our way of playing on them, using our strengths.

Where to Watch Independence Day Fireworks in SoCal
Further complicating matters is that many fireworks are sold through poorly regulated pop-up retailers that set up shop in tents. IL remains one of only four states to impose severe restrictions on the purchase and use of consumer fireworks.

The iconic LeBron James banner in Cleveland is coming down
That reason alone would be enough to make Johnson and the Lakers intrigued with the possibility of acquiring him. LeBron James has joined the Lakers after opting out of the final year of his contract at Cleveland Cavaliers .

Hyundai claims FCA buyout rumor is ‘totally groundless’
Insiders indicate that Hyundai would launch its purchase sometime before Sergio Marchionne leaves FCA next year. One caveat with that, however, is that Hyundai CEO Mong-koo is 80 years old, so retirement is looming.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.