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A Woman's Toenails Fell Off After a Fish Pedicure

A Woman's Toenails Fell Off After a Fish Pedicure

Indeed, one woman in NY developed an odd toenail problem after having a "fish pedicure", according to a new report of the case. But this is the first case of onychomadesis tied to a fish pedicure, the new report said.

A fish pedicure involves soaking your feet in a tub of warm water while little toothless carp, called Garra rufa, peck away at the dead skin on the surface of your feet.

Earlier this year, a young woman from NY came to the dermatologists at Weill Cornell Medicine hospital because six of her toenails had begun detaching from her foot for no apparent reason six months prior.

The woman, in her 20s, went to the doctor after noticing that her toenails looked abnormal - a problem she'd had for about six months, the report said.

In fact, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has determined that Garra rufa pedicures can transmit infections because the water is often not changed between customers, and, as one would expect, the mouths of foot-chomping fish get pretty dirty.

The patient didn't have any typical risk factors for toenail problems - such as an injury to the nails, or a family history of nail disorders - but she did report that she had a fish pedicure a few months before her nail problems started. However, people with onychomadesis usually experience spontaneous regrowth of their nail within 12 weeks, according to a 2017 report in the journal Cutis.

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"While the mechanism of action is not entirely clear, it is likely due to the fish traumatizing the nail matrix", the woman's treating doctor, Dr. Sheri Lipner, told Gizmodo.

"I am not convinced at all that the fishes caused the problem", Dr. Antonella Tosti, the Fredric Brandt Endowed Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, wrote in an email.

The case, as far as Lipner knows, would be the first documented instance of onychomadesis ever caused by fish.

The report doesn't specify where the woman had her pedicure, for the sake of protecting her anonymity, but it's worth noting that the pedicures have been banned in many states in the U.S., but they remain popular in China.

Just how the nibbling fish triggered onychomadesis "is unknown", Lipner said, but "it is likely that direct trauma caused by fish biting multiple nail units causes a cessation in nail plate production". They hit their peak in popularity in the USA around a decade ago, but have since been banned in at least 10 states, including NY, largely because of health concerns.

There have even been two recorded cases of serious staph infections tied to fish pedicures, Lipner noted. In 2011, the Vancouver Island Health Authority also banned it, saying that there were bacterial risks because the fish could not be sterilized. As a result, people may see deep grooves that run horizontally across their nails - known as Beau lines - or they may see larger gaps where there is no nail, the AAD said.


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