U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A member asked:

Why is the area around my child's eyes and nose all red?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Allergy or infection: Could be allergies this time of year but could also be an infection called periorbital cellulitis or its close cousin orbital cellulitis. Periorbital and orbital cellulitis are both potentially fatal so your child needs to be seen asap.
Dr. Jeffrey Min
Specializes in Pediatrics
Irritation/allergies: Many things cause redness around the nose. Could be irritation from rubbing the nose or eyes constantly due to a cold or allergies. This could also lead to infections such as cellulitis or impetigo. If you are concerned about the redness getting much worse or if it hurts your child, you should see your physician.
Last updated Mar 31, 2014


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.