Cellulitis is infection that is spreading through the tissue around a sore or boil. The skin is very red, hot, and sore to the touch. Cellulitis is caused by a variety of germs but usually Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, or Haemophilus influenzae. Antibiotics are definitely in order. Especially dangerous is cellulitis arising from infected chickenpox, caused by the Group A streptococcus bacterium. This could become necrotizing fasciitis, the "flesh-eating virus" you hear about. Whenever you suspect a cellulitis is developing, and especially in cases of chickenpox, call your doctor. Avoid ibuprofen for fever if you suspect cellulitis, especially with chickenpox. It is suspected to cause suppression of the normal inflammatory response to cellulitis with dangerous delay in diagnosis.

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