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Doctor insights on: Is There An Over The Counter Treatment For Periorbital Cellulitis

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Dr. Robert Chang Dr. Chang
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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Will periorbital cellulitis stop me from going on my vacation?

Will periorbital cellulitis stop me from going on my vacation?

Severity?: Preseptal cellulitis can potentially resolve with oral antibiotics. Postseptal cellulitis may need IV antibiotics. Any eye movement disturbance is worrisome and usually involves imaging. Amount of swelling and spread can be factors. Also if not improving on first line therapy, that would stop vacation. So depends on severity, length of time, treatment working or not, etc.

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Dr. Jeffrey Paul Dr. Paul
Ophthalmology
35 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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Ways to distinguish eyelid swelling from periorbital cellulitis?

Ways to distinguish eyelid swelling from periorbital cellulitis?

Warmth, pain: Periorbital cellulitis is one possible cause of eyelid swelling, among many. Generally, with infectious causes like periorbital cellulitis there will be excessive warmth of the affected skin, and some pain. A break in the integrity of the skin may be found too, such as a small cut or insect bite mark. If the infection spreads to the space behind the eye, eye movements and vision may be affected.

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Dr. John Leander Po Dr. Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
14 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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How can I treat periorbital cellulitis?

How can I treat periorbital cellulitis?

See an ID specialist: Periorbital -or more specifically, preseptal cellulitis- refers to the inflammation of the soft tissues of eyelid and periorbtal area, leading to redness and swelling. An id physician can help determine the potential origin of the infection (a dental cavity or else a pimple on the nose) and prescribe the most appropriate antibiotic.

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Dr. Marc Rosenthal Dr. Rosenthal
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
years in practice
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Do a lot of people get periorbital cellulitis?

Do a lot of people get periorbital cellulitis?

No: This is a relatively rare, but serious, complication of sinusitis.

Dr. Joseph Mele Dr. Mele
Surgery - Plastics
28 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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How do I know if I have periorbital cellulitis.?

How do I know if I have periorbital cellulitis.?

Clinically: This is a diagnosis made on physical examination, and is an emergency. Untreated periorbital cellulitis has the potential to cause meningitis and even death. If there is any doubt, get checked now.

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How long to recover from periorbital cellulitis?

How long to recover from periorbital cellulitis?

Periorbital cellulit: Recovery time will vary with the organism causing the infection, the severity of the infection at the time treatment is initiated, the immune status of the patient and the drug chosen and the route of administration and dose. It should generally respond quickly but may need 7-10 days of treatment to insure that it has been eliminated.

Dr. Ari Weitzner Dr. Weitzner
Ophthalmology
29 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Dr. Matthew Goren Dr. Goren
Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Alan Mindlin Dr. Mindlin
Ophthalmology
46 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What is the definition or description of: periorbital cellulitis?

Skin infections: The tissues/skin around the eyes becomes infected, by definition this means that there is no pus behind the eyes which can be a lethal condition, this condition is called orbital cellulitis and is an emergency, .

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Dr. Steven Brown Dr. Brown
Surgery - Hand Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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How can you distinguish between periorbital cellulitis and orbital cellulitis?

Different areas: Orbital cellulitis is infection of the tissues posterior to the orbital septum within the eye socket. Periorbital cellulitis is infection in the skin and soft tissues surrounding the eye the eyelids primarily and is anterior to the orbital septum. Orbital cellulitis can involve ocular muscles and orbtal fat limiting motion of the eye. Seek care as soon as possible for antibiotic treatment.

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Are there some genetic reasons I get periorbital cellulitis off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get periorbital cellulitis off and on?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely to develop periorbital cellulitis. These risk factors include:upper respiratory infection, eye trauma, insect bites.  

Dr. Stuart Winkler Dr. Winkler
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
44 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Child diagnosed with periorbital cellulitis a week ago and treated. Today I've the same symptoms. I thought it's not contagious? Something different?

Child diagnosed with periorbital cellulitis a week ago and treated. Today I've the same symptoms. I thought it's not contagious? Something different?

Periorbital cellulit: Periorbital cellulitis is an inflammation of the eyelid and skin around the eye. It is associated with infection of the sinuses or spread of infection elsewhere through the blood. Staph and Strep are common organisms. It is possible the organisms were resistant to the antibiotics or that persistence of the underlying condition caused a recurrence.

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Dr. Robert Chang Dr. Chang
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about periorbital cellulitis. Is that ok?

At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about periorbital cellulitis. Is that ok?

Currently?: Usually orbital cellulitis causes enough signs and symptoms that a physician could see there is something wrong and refer if needed. How long ago was the infection? Already treated or resolved? Need more details.

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Dr. Alan Mindlin Dr. Mindlin
Ophthalmology
46 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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I have periorbital cellulitis in my eye and a sore jaw. Related?

I have periorbital cellulitis in my eye and a sore jaw. Related?

Probably: You need to see if this started rfrom abcessed teeth or sinus. Don't wait.

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Dr. Robert Dorsey Dr. Dorsey
Wound care
32 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Can you die from periorbital cellulitis?

Potentially: If any infection is left untreated one can die form the overwhelming infection.

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Dr. Carlo Hatem Dr. Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
21 years in practice
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
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Can I die from periorbital cellulitis if I ignore it?

Yes: Cellulitis usually needs antibiotics to heal. If not treated, the infection can spread rapidly, causing shock and death.

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How come I have periorbital cellulitis, but nobody else in the family has it?

Source: Periorbital cellulitis is often caused by organisms which are normally resident in the upper respiratory tract and may emanate from the sinuses, facial infections, or the other ancillary structures of the external portion of the eye. These bacteria are common and whether you develop infection depends upon a variety of underlying factors. It is not spread from person to person generally.

Dr. Thomas Rothfeld Dr. Rothfeld
Pediatrics
years in practice
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
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Can I get easy to understand explanation of periorbital cellulitis in children?

Infection around eye: It is a bacterial infection around the eye. The eye is an extension of the brain. Because of this, these infections may be serious. They require early, aggressive treatment.

Dr. Gary Wortz Dr. Wortz
Ophthalmology
13 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Is periorbital cellulitis curable?

Yes: Periorbital cellulitis is curable if the antibiotics are effective against the organism (bacteria usually). This can be serious and needs to be managed by a physician possibly in the hospital.

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Dr. Matthew Goren Dr. Goren
Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Is periorbital cellulitis contagious?

No: But make sure you are being treated as this can become a dangerous situation.

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Periorbital Cellulitis (Definition)

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