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New Pedicure Under Investigation

by Rathi Manohar on March 1, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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 New Pedicure Under Investigation

The Health Protection Agency in the UK is taking stringent measures to investigate the latest fad of fish pedicures as there have been concerns over safety issues.

The therapy involves dipping the feet into tanks where Garra rufa fish flock around to nibble at the dead skin.

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Garra Rufa fish are tiny, toothless carp from Turkey and are known as "doctor fish" as they have been used to nibble at the dead skin on the feet and get rid of it. They clean and heal the area using naturally-produced enzyme Diathanol.  They had become very popular in spas in the UK, after appearing on the television show The Only Way is Essexandalso with celebrity endorsements.
 
Nevertheless, certain states in the US had prohibited their use over health and safety concerns since the same fish would clean the skin of multiple customers and this increased the risk of passing on infections.

It is regarding the same concern about diseases passing from person to person through open wounds that the investigation in the UK has begun. Environmental health officers are behind the investigation.
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Although there has been no report of infections so far, a Health Protection Agency spokesperson said, "Alongside colleagues in environmental health, Health Protection Scotland and the Health and Safety Laboratory, the HPA will examine the most up to date evidence of any possible risks associated with Garra rufa fish pedicures and will publish guidelines that will be available UK-wide." 

   



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