Staphylococcus aureus infection of the feet following fish pedicure

S. Veraldi, G. Nazzaro, E. Çuka

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We report a case of Staphylococcus aureus infection of the feet that appeared after a “fish pedicure” (immersion of the feet in a tank with the fish Garra rufa, that nibbles off dead skin). Clinical picture was characterized by maceration, purulent discharge, scales, crusts, itching and burning sensation. Bacteriological examinations were positive for Staphylococcus aureus. Mycological examinations were negative. The patient was successfully treated with ciprofloxacin. Only one case of skin foot infection after fish pedicure was reported so far. Fish pedicure can be a potentially dangerous procedure in immunocompromised or diabetic patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-926
Number of pages2
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 12 2014


  • Fish pedicure
  • Garra rufa
  • Skin infection
  • Staphylococcus aureus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine(all)


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