Why are fish spas banned?

Why are fish spas banned?

Doctor fish are dangerous

Although this is believed to be the first case linking the “garra rufa” to onychomadesis, it is not the first time these tiny fish have been accused of making people sick, with previous reports indicating that these types of pedicures transmitted Staphylococcus aureus and mycobacterial infections.

It is for these types of reasons that, despite the promises of “skin rejuvenation” offered by spas with these types of treatments, fish pedicures have actually been banned in more than 10 states in the United States, as well as in different parts of Europe.

There are also ethical implications. Garra rufa are omnivores, but are deprived of plant foods to force them to eat the dead skin of human feet, raising concerns about animal abuse.

Previous research also suggests that lack of supervision of imported “nibble fish” may introduce outbreaks of systemic bacterial infections in the animals, causing abnormal eye protrusions and hemorrhages around the gills, mouth and abdomen.

Fish that eat dead skin

In new health guidance, experts say the risk of infection for users of the treatment, in which dozens of tiny fish nibble dead skin off clients’ feet, is “extremely low but could not be completely ruled out.”

The agency says the water in the fish tank contains microorganisms and that problems could arise from bacteria being transmitted by the Garra Rufa fish from the pedicure, from the spa water or from one client to another if the water is not changed. If a user is infected with a blood-borne virus such as HIV or hepatitis and bleeds in the water, there is a risk of disease transmission.

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Pedicures, which have long been popular in Asia, where the fad began, have been banned in some U.S. states, including Florida, Texas, New Hampshire and Washington, due to fears of infections spreading through open wounds.

Spa fish

They do this because they are so hungry that they will try to eat dead human skin cells for sustenance. Anyone can buy garra rufa by mail and they are shipped in plastic bags filled with water. Many die in transit. Upon arrival, they are usually dumped into tubs and fed only on dead skin.

Garra rufa fish themselves have been found to carry strains of various bacteria that cause infections, including Streptococcus agalactiae, which can also cause pneumonia and others that are resistant to antibiotics.

They’re paying to force the fish to eat the dead skin off your feet! And get this: pedicures with these fish are effectively banned in many parts of the United States, Canada and Europe because of the health risks and animal cruelty inherent in these services.

Those who favor the treatment claim the fish soften calluses, help lighten dark cuticles and increase circulation. However, experts say the health risks to both humans and fish outweigh the potential benefits. As a result, fish pedicures were banned in 10 U.S. states, Mexico and parts of Europe.

Fish that eat dead skin on the feet

A fish pedicure is a spa treatment in which the client immerses the feet in a basin of warm water where garra rufa fish swim. These fish eat dead skin, leaving your feet soft and smooth.

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Most Bangkok salons have two treatment options: 15 or 30 minutes. I had several fish pedicures, and while it seems that the 15-minute pedicure is quite effective, it’s better to pay extra for extra time. The difference is impressive.

Most salons and spas in Bangkok offer fish pedicures for 125 to 150 baht ($3.75-4.75) for 15 minutes and 200-250 baht ($6-7.50) for 30 minutes. Compared to rates at U.S. spas, which by law can do fish pedicures from $40 to $60 per hour, Bangkok spas are much cheaper.

At first, fish pedicures seem a bit unpleasant. When the fish starts pinching the skin, it tickles, which is a little confusing. However, after a few minutes you will get used to this feeling, you can relax and enjoy the procedure.