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Photos: Fish Pedicurists in Tehran

Photos by Abdollah Heydari, Mehr News Agency

These photos by Abdollah Heydari show the fish pedicurists at work in a salon in Tehran, Iran.

Doctor fish is the name given to two species of fish: Garra rufa and Cyprinion macrostomus. They live and breed in the outdoor pools of some Turkish spas, where they feed on the skin of patients with psoriasis. The fish are like combfishes in that they only consume the affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow, with the outdoor location of the treatment bringing beneficial effects.

The practice of fish pedicures is considered unsanitary and has been outlawed in most U.S. states.

One New Hampshire salon owner who was shut down had assured local health authorities that she cleaned out fish tanks between pedicures and would never use the same group of fish with two different customers on the same day. The state government still ruled the practice to be unsanitary.

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