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When I first read about them I thought fish nibbling your toes. Like being on some sub tropical beach. That's the idea I suppose. Then I heard they could cause infection. Not so great. And I feel quite sorry for the fish. It's exploitation.
I tried it once and it didn't do my feet much good, plus those little fuckers felt horrible sucking on my feet.
The one I went to opened and closed within 3 months. My friend took me and I impulsively said yes not putting much thought into it. She did throughly check my feet for any signs of fungus/ infection and warts etc
Horsedogs this was the advice given by my doctor to a colleague who got a fungal infection in her toe after having a pedicure. There often is inadvertent cutting of skin when technicians shave away too much hard skin or use a pumice or nail file too vigorously.
They were a fad and all the places in my town that were offering them are closed...... A regular pedi done by a good pedicurist/nail technician with clean, sanitary tools and gorgeous products is far more effective and enjoyable.
Superfluouscurves UV sterlisation is not necessary for a standard pedicure - there is not cutting of skin so no risk of the transfer of bodily fluids. A soak in an appropriate disinfection solution or the use of a disinfectant spray for metal tools is a perfectly adequate level of hygiene. Hth's
And while on the subject, I am very choosy about where I go for ordinary pedicures. It's very easy for funguses and other nasties to get transferred from unsterilised implements. I only go to places where they sterilise each set of implements every time in a light laser box thingy (or whatever they are called) and where they have disposable liners in the bowls.
this article explains that risk of HIV and Hep C infection are low but recommends that people with diabetes or suppressed immune systems should not have them - plus lists other times when it is not advisable eg when you have had legs waxed or shaved in previous 24 hrs or have open scratches or abrasions (scroll down).