Reassurance After Fish Pedicure Warnings
18 October 2011, 15:48
Dr Spa Fish in Norwich has been speaking to Heart about the safety of fish pedicure treatments after a report out saying there could be a risk of infection.
It comes after warnings from the Health Protection Agency that the treatment - where fish nibble at the dry skin on your feet - could spread infections and viruses between customers.
They say the risk is very low but infections could be passed on in spas which aren't as clean as they should be.
They have also been warning people with weak immune systems and diabetes to completely avoid having them.
Mike Burke is the director of health and safety for Dr Spa Fish who started off in Norwich.
He has been telling Heart that places which have been checked for their cleanliness will always go through procedures to make sure the treatment is safe: "There is a questionnaire to fill in which will ask them if they are suffering from diabetes, hepatitis, whether they have shaved their legs within the last 24 hours. They are then given an examination. Make sure the people know what they are talking about and that they do check you."
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