Fish Pedicure: People With Weakened Immune System At Increased Risk Of Infection

By on Oct 18, 2011 in Europe, Health, Science, World Comments
Fish Pedicure
Fish Pedicure

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) in UK issued a press release on October 18, 2011 that fish pedicures are unlikely to cause infection for healthy people. However, people with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and psoriasis are likely to be at increased risk of infection, the press release said.

According to the press release, fish tank water used in fish pedicures has been shown to contain a number of microorganisms. Because of this, there is the potential for transmission of a range of infections, either from fish to person (during the nibbling process), water to person (from the bacteria that can multiply in water), or person to person (via water, surrounding surfaces and fish).

The overall risk of infection was said to be very low if appropriate standards of hygiene are followed.

In the press release, Dr. Hilary Kirkbride, consultant epidemiologist at the HPA, said:

“Provided that good standards of hygiene are followed by salons, members of the public are unlikely to get an infection from a fish spa pedicure, however the risk will be higher for certain people.”

“This is why we feel it’s important for salons to ensure the client has no underlying health conditions that could put them at risk, and that a thorough foot examination is performed, to make sure there are no cuts, grazes or existing skin conditions that could spread infection.”

“Anyone considering a fish pedicure can help reduce the risk of infection – both to themselves and others – by taking simple precautions. Allowing any cuts or infections you may have on your feet or legs to heal before having the treatment, and waiting at least 24 hours after having a leg wax or shaving, will minimise your chances of catching anything. If you do experience any ill effects after the treatment, you should visit your GP.”

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