Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

A Woman Lost Her Toenails After A Fish Pedicure

A Woman Lost Her Toenails After A Fish Pedicure

Earlier this year, a young woman from NY came to the dermatologists at Weill Cornell Medicine hospital because six of her toenails had begun detaching from her foot for no apparent reason six months prior.

Six months later, she went to a dermatologist, who ruled out any other causes of onychomadesis, such as a family history of nail disorder, medical problems or previous trauma.

"We don't see the [nail] shedding until months after the event, so I think it's hard for patients and physicians - especially if they're not even aware that fish pedicures can do this - to make that connection".

Lipner diagnosed onychomadesis - a not-uncommon condition that's most often linked to underlying major illness or certain medications.

A case report in the journal JAMA Dermatology describes how an unnamed woman in her 20s contracted onychomadesis from the pedicure - which causes nails to shred.

Fish pedicures involve having small fish nibble on a person's feet while they soak in a tub of warm or room temperature water.

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There were reports of a patient with a Staphylococcus aureus infection after a fish pedicure.

Several spas in the US and Canada offer fish pedicures but they are controversial. A woman's toenails stopped growing after she received a fish pedicure, a study claims.

Lipner said the woman's nails may grow back - but it'll take as long as 18 months. "In addition to onychomadesis, there are also serious infections associated with fish pedicures".

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. It's a typical byproduct of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, a viral infection common in children that appears as a rash on the hands and feet, so it's unclear how the infection was spread through the fish pedicure. 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. These fish typically eat plankton, but if plankton aren't available, they will eat dead human skin.

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

Lipner said in the JAMA report, "First, tubs and fish can not be adequately sanitized between people, and the same fish are typically reused for successive persons". In addition, the fish themselves can not be sanitized between each customer's pedicure session, the CDC says.

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