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Fish Pedicures: The Cadillac of Flesh-Eating Spa Treatments

fish pedicuresI used to think mud baths were weird. Now the  is giving me a new procedure to balk at: fish pedicures.

How does it work? Customers’ tootsies are submerged in a tub of 100 flesh-eating fish called “doctor fish,” which then nibble away at the dead skin on your feet. (The fish are toothless.) The Yvonne Hair and Nails Salon in Washington, D.C.’s owner, John Ho, claims that the hot water in which the fish thrive doesn’t support much plant life, so the fish learn to feed on whatever was available — including dead, flaking skin. They leave live skin alone because, without teeth, they can’t bite it off.

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