Periorbital Cellulitis Symptoms | Treatments | Causes

Periorbital cellulitis is known as an infection that is located around the eye and has inflammation on the eyelid. It has similar symptoms to some other infections but can get worse if it’s not treated properly.

It is said to be caused by a few different things, some say wearing makeup on while you are sleeping can also cause periorbital cellulitis to occur. Other suspect spider and insect bites to be a contributing cause for this condition. Some of the causes for periorbital cellulitis are because of the bacteria staphylococcus and streptococcus.

Some signs of periorbital cellulitis are:

  • Swelling of the skin
  • Redness in or around the infected area
  • Pain and discharge
  • Shut eye
  • Fever
  • Redness and swelling of the eyelid

Some children will start out with pink eye before they get periorbital cellulitis. If redness starts around the outer soft tissue of the eye, you will want to consult a doctor for a checkup and for antibiotics. Also one of the signs of this infection is dry cracking skin. Treatment for periorbital cellulitis is in the form of antibiotics like clindamycin, cephalexin and dicloxacillin. There are also antibiotic eye drops to help with the infection and to help keep the eye moisturized for the healing process.

At times people have been known to mix up the name of periorbital cellulitis with the name of orbital cellulitis. Orbital cellulitis is a serious emergency that requires antibiotics intravenously. You will know if you have the orbital over the periorbital cellulitis because the orbital will have the symptoms of:

  • Pain when the eye moves
  • A sudden loss in vision
  • Bulging of the eye or eyes that are infected
  • Limited eye movement

If these symptoms are included then it would point in the direction of the diagnosis being orbital cellulitis instead of periorbital cellulitis.  Always make sure to get the help that you need for the care and correct diagnosis of any infection or illness that you or your child may have. Catching things early can help with the spread of infection and also makes for a faster safer recovery.

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