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Periorbital Cellulitis (Overview)

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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Can I die from periorbital cellulitis if I ignore it?

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. ...Read more

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Periorbital Cellulitis (Overview)

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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Treating Cellulitis (Checklist)

Keep the wound clean
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See your doctor -- you likely need antibiotics
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Assess your environment for causes
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Wash your hands regularly
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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. ...Read more

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Can crystal meth use cause periorbital cellulitis?

Can crystal meth use cause periorbital cellulitis?

It may look like it: There is a characteristic redness, swelling, of the eye lids(dermatitis) that is caused by this drug abuse. If this is associated by a lot of pain, periorbital cellutis, would have to be ruled out. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.   ...Read more

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For how long does it take before periorbital cellulitis turns into orbital cellulitis?

Treatment should: Prevent the cellulitis from progressing to orbital cellulitis. Orbital cellulitis is very serious and is not something we wait to treat. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

Cellulitis is an infection of the skin characterized by erythema (red), Edema(swelling), warmth, and tenderness. It usually spreads with visually indistinct borders that involve the ...Read more