, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 925–926 | Cite as

Staphylococcus aureus infection of the feet following fish pedicure

  • S. Veraldi
  • G. NazzaroEmail author
  • E. Çuka
Case Report


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.


Skin infection Staphylococcus aureus Fish pedicure Garra rufa 


Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pathophysiology and TransplantationUniversity of Milan, IRCCS Foundation, Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore PoliclinicoMilanItaly

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