Woman Loses Toenails After Receiving Fish Pedicure

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

In a strange series of events, a woman lost her toenails after she received one of those new trending fish pedicures.

According to a case report published by her doctor in JAMA Dermatology, her toenails stopped growing and eventually started to fall off after she received one Garra Rufa Fish or “Doctor Fish” pedicure.

The fish pedicures usually consist of customers dipping their feet in warm or room temperature water and the Garra Rufa fish eat away the dead skin on the feet and toes. Garra Rufa fish are usually plant eaters, but there are cases when they will eat dead human skin. The treatment has been used to treat cases of psoriasis as well as beautify skin.

In the case of this woman, according to Gizmodo, six months into her nail troubles, she visited a dermatologist, who ruled out any known causes of onychomadesis (the loss or stopped growth of nails), such as major illness or a side effect of certain medications. The most likely culprit, then, was the fish pedicure.

Her doctor can’t reveal where she might have gotten this pedicure, but they’re fairly popular outside the United States. Due to common health concerns associated with the fish pedicures, the “spa” treatment has been banned in 10 states.

For the woman, her nails might grow back in the future, but, according to the doctor, not for a long time. Appparently, our toenails only grow one millimeter a month on average, while an entire nail can take as long as 18 months to be replaced.




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