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Is periorbital cellulitis contagious?

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Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

But make sure you are being treated as this can become a dangerous situation.

In brief: No

But make sure you are being treated as this can become a dangerous situation.
Dr. Matthew Goren
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics

In brief: Generally no, but

Most cases of peri-orbital cellulitis are felt to start from an infection present in the blood the seeds itself to the area around the eye.
It's for this reason we are so aggressive treating it with strong and often IV or shots of antibiotics. On rare occasions it an start from an infection that started in the eye, such as a bacterial pink-eye. The eye would have drainage and then it is contagious.

In brief: Generally no, but

Most cases of peri-orbital cellulitis are felt to start from an infection present in the blood the seeds itself to the area around the eye.
It's for this reason we are so aggressive treating it with strong and often IV or shots of antibiotics. On rare occasions it an start from an infection that started in the eye, such as a bacterial pink-eye. The eye would have drainage and then it is contagious.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
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