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Is periorbital cellulitis contagious?

Is periorbital cellulitis contagious?

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

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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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Can you die from periorbital cellulitis?

Can you die from periorbital cellulitis?

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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What is periorbital cellulitis?

What is periorbital cellulitis?

Periorbital cellulit: Periorbital cellulitis, also known as preseptal cellulitis is an inflammation and infection of the eyelid and portions of skin around the eye, in front of the orbital septum. It may be caused by breaks in the skin around the eye, and subsequent spread to the eyelid; infection of the sinuses around the nose (sinusitis); or from spread of an infection elsewhere through the blood.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.  

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