Staphylococcus aureus infection of the feet following fish pedicure

Infection. 2014 Oct;42(5):925-6. doi: 10.1007/s15010-014-0622-4. Epub 2014 Apr 26.

Abstract

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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Ciprofloxacin / therapeutic use
  • Cyprinidae / physiology
  • Dermatitis / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis / drug therapy*
  • Dermatitis / microbiology*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Foot
  • Foot Diseases / diagnosis
  • Foot Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Foot Diseases / microbiology*
  • Greece
  • Humans
  • Immersion
  • Sodium Hypochlorite / therapeutic use
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnosis
  • Staphylococcal Infections / drug therapy
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification
  • Treatment Outcome

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Sodium Hypochlorite