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"Doctor Fish" Give Great Pedicures?

Thanks to my friend Jen for highlighting this unusual “health story.” Apparently a type of fish (called “doctor fish” – not sure how I feel about that) found in Turkish hot springs thrive on dead human skin. They’ve been used in the past to treat psoriasis, a condition that produces skin cell overgrowth. And now, an enterprising salon has imported these fish to nibble off dead skin found on pedicure seekers’ feet.

Images of the movie “Piranha” came to mind for me until I read the fine print – these fish have no teeth, but use a kind of suction action to feed. Also, the silvery creatures are the size of minnows.

Some clients say that the process tickles, and it feels as if their feet are being “kissed” by hundreds of fishies. The salon owners claim that the fish have doubled in size since they were first unleashed on American spa-goers.

I suppose this is an “organic” way to live in a symbiotic relationship with nature’s creatures - but as a physician, I can only imagine all the potential fungus and wart viruses thriving in the warm fishy waters. [Shudder]

I’m going to stick with my pumice stone.

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You may also like: “Flip Flop Foot” and “Conversations at the SpaThis post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.


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5 Responses to “"Doctor Fish" Give Great Pedicures?”

  1. ValJonesMD says:

    Thanks for your comments, rummuser. I appreciate your reading my blog!

  2. rummuser says:

    “I’m going to stick with my pumice stone. “

    Ditto.

  3. ValJonesMD says:

    Make sure you wash your feet with soap and water after the fishie pedicure, and dry them well! Good luck, and let me know how it goes!

  4. SpringsofWater says:

    Oh my, Val!  For the sake of adventure, I’m going to try it anyway.  And pray for sheer imperviousness to fungi and viruses!   

    Although the fact that the fish are getting bigger did cause me to raise an eyebrow.  Guess better to schedule the pedi this week vs. a month from now so I don’t lose a toe.

    Thanks for the mention. ;)

  5. SpringsofWater says:

    Yes, Dr. Val.  This whole thing is too funny! :)

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