Fish Spa Safety
What Happens at Fish Spa
When people put their feet into a tank the fish eat dead skin off of your legs and feet. Fish Spa Safety: Are these fish spas safe? This is supposed to be good for the skin. The fish may be enjoying their meal of dead skin from us humans legs and feet, but it does sound gross. Turkish toothless carp are what the spas use in their tanks. The fish spas in Thailand and other countries are a very common sight.
Woman Loses Toes from Fish Pedicure (CNN)
(CNN)After a young woman’s toenails started to separate from her toes, a doctor finally zeroed in on the reason: a fish pedicure, according to a report published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Dermatology.
Are Fish Spas Safe: Fish Spas are International
Fish Spa Safety – are fish spas safe in SE Asia? Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, UK and United States along with other countries have fish eating spas. The small fish that the spas use are called Garra rufa, and some refer to them as “doctor fish” which is a type of toothless carp originally from Turkey. After the fish eat away the dead skin, newer skin is exposed. This is supposed to be good for your skin, but is it sanitary?
Fish Nibbles on Legs and Feet
I personally have not tried Fish pedicures in Thailand. My first thoughts were not being too keen about feeling small carp nibbling on my legs and feet. I never liked getting nibbled by small fish when swimming in a lake and now I’m going to pay for it? I don’t think so after hearing about a lady that got an infection from a fish spa. As far as Fish Spa Safety, infections are very possible even months after a spa treatment.
Fever and Chills from Foot Massage
What happened was while in a hotel lobby I took notice when I overheard a husband talk about his wife who had a fish massage. While he was talking, she was in her Siem Reap hotel room with a fever. My first thought was that she had Dengue fever. A few days later I heard that she no longer had a fever and was feeling better. Her husband thought she was fighting an infection she got from the fish tank. She had a cut on her leg before using the fish spa then that night she came down with the fever.
Infections and Disease
People who put their feet into a tank with any kind of infection, or disease can spread it to the next person. The water may not clean, or the fish could pass on the disease or infection to another person. Health officials are now worried that infections can spread in a community tank of water. Many kinds of infections can spread, even the spread of HIV.
Fish Spas Safety
Fish massage salons defend their practice because they say they use filters and UV lights to kill any organisms. Some of the salons are prohibited by law in some locations. In SE Asia, there are few laws.
Please be aware of the problems you may have if you try out fish massages. Do you trust your fish massage spa? How well do you know them or trust them?
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