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Beware of fish foot spa pedicures

19th October 2011

A warning has been issued over fish foot spa pedicures.

The Health Protection Agency said those with diabetes, psoriasis or a weak immune system were particularly vulnerable and should not take part in the treatment which sees tiny fish nibble dead skin from customers’ feet. It said the risk of infection for users was low but could not be completely excluded.

The fish tank water contains micro-organisms and could arise from bacteria being transmitted by the garra rufa fish, from the spa water or from one customer to another if the water was not changed.


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Article Information

Title: Beware of fish foot spa pedicures
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20114
Date Added: 19th Oct 2011


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