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Periorbital Cellulitis

more about Periorbital Cellulitis

  • Periorbital Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the tissues that surround the eyes.

  • Redness of the eyelids and face
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Warmth of the affected area

  • Periorbital Cellulitis is usually the result of a break in the skin that allows bacteria to invade the subcutaneous tissues.  In rare cases, it can result from passage of bacteria from the blood to the skin.

  • Diagnosis is usually made on a clinical basis, without laboratory studies.
  • In some cases, the extent of the infection may not be easily determined by physical examination alone.  These cases may require that special studies, such as a CT scan, be performed to ensure the infection is localized and has not spread, as in the case of orbital Cellulitis.

  • Cuts, scratches, and insect bites around the eyes increase the risk of bacteria entering the skin and causing this infection.

  • Treatment of periorbital Cellulitis requires antibiotics.
  • In the majority of cases, this condition can be cured with oral antibiotics alone.  However, in more severe infections, IV treatment in a hospital may be required.

  • If not treated properly, the infection can spread behind the globe (the "eyeball") and result in a more serious condition called "orbital Cellulitis."  This infection is life threatening and requires that immediate IV antibiotics be administered in a hospital.
  • Related Conditions

- Orbital Cellulitis

  • See your pediatrician immediately.

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