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Ways to distinguish eyelid swelling from periorbital cellulitis?

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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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 Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Is an emergency

Periorbital cellulitis is an uncommon problem that is usually a complication of severe sinus infection.
Cellulitis comes on quickly, is very severe and painful and normally is on one side. This is a serious emergency that must be diagnosed and treated quickly. A cat scan is needed to be sure there isn't an abscess. Iv antibiotics and sometime surgery is needed.

In brief: Is an emergency

Periorbital cellulitis is an uncommon problem that is usually a complication of severe sinus infection.
Cellulitis comes on quickly, is very severe and painful and normally is on one side. This is a serious emergency that must be diagnosed and treated quickly. A cat scan is needed to be sure there isn't an abscess. Iv antibiotics and sometime surgery is needed.
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