A 25-year-old female asked:
my 3 year old daughter had a sty on her eye lid and it popped about a week ago. now the whole eye is swollen red/purple looking and it's spreading.
3 doctor answers
Dr. Felicia Baxter answered
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Cellulitis: For now I would continue to do warm compresses if she will sit still long enough to allow you to and I would have her seen ASAP because what you describes sounds like a deeper infection like cellulitis that has to be treated with antibiotics eye drops and oral. I hope this helps. Please let me know what the local doctor says.
Answered on May 30, 2016
Dr. Melissa Gowans answered
20 years experience Pediatrics
See peds: It sounds like the infection has spread and could be a periorbital cellulitis. This would likely require oral antibiotics for treatment. Don't delay, call the pediatrician today (there's always somebody on-call) and they will be able to direct you. Warm compresses can be helpful before and during the oral antibiotics and can be soothing for your child.
Answered on Mar 21, 2015
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