Alcoholics have a weakened immune system that can prove susceptible to cellulitis, an infection of the skin and the fatty tissue underneath.
Cellulitis is a deep infection of the skin, usually accompanied by generalized (systemic) symptoms such as fever and chills. The area of redness increases in size as the infection spreads. Physical signs and symptoms include chills or shaking, fatigue, generally ill feeling, muscle aches and pains, warm skin, sweating, and even nausea and vomiting. Cellulitis in a younger person can often be due to a weakened immune system, and can even more often be the result of drug or alcohol abuse, and the corresponding lack of interest in their physical well being. If you believe your child has this condition you should take them to a doctor immediately, so that the infection does not worsen and that they can be given the appropriate medical treatment. It may also be time to have a discussion about their drinking and drug use, and what may have precipitated their infection.