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Fish Pedicures Could Cause Dangerous Bacterial Infections, CDC Warns

Posted By Mark Boyer On May 20, 2012 @ 9:00 am In Animals,Environment | No Comments

Fish pedicure, doctor fish, toothless carp, pedicure [1]Photo by Shutterstock [2]

It turns out that fish pedicures aren’t just a bizarre beauty ritual — they’re also potentially dangerous. This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [3] published a new report that examined the types of bacteria associated with Garra rufa, an inch-long toothless carp that nibbles away at dead skin. Citing the risk of dangerous skin and soft-tissue infections for people with open sores, skin cuts, underlying medical conditions such as diabetes [4], the CDC warned against the practice. Our advice? Stick with the pumice stone and leave the fish alone.


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[2] Shutterstock: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-100895851/stock-photo-fish-spa-pedicure-rufa-garra-pedicure-treatment-closeup-of-woman-enjoying-skin-care-fish-spa.html

[3] U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/18/6/11-1782_article.htm

[4] diabetes: http://www.ecouterre.com/prescription-tattoos-could-monitor-blood-glucose-levels-in-diabetics/

[5] READ MORE >: http://www.ecouterre.com/fish-pedicures-could-result-in-serious-bacterial-infections-warns-cdc/

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