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Orbital Cellulitis


Orbital cellulitis is an infection inside your eye socket (the bony area that surrounds your eye). It is caused by bacteria or a fungus.

Cellulitis of the Eye



  • Antibiotics: This medicine helps treat an infection.
  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
  • Steroids: This medicine helps decrease eye inflammation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.


  • Rest: Rest as often as directed. Slowly do more each day.
  • Apply heat: A warm, damp cloth will soothe the eye area. Use as often as directed.

Prevent orbital cellulitis:

  • Wear proper safety equipment: Protect your face from injury during sports and other activities.
  • Keep wounds clean and dry: Clean wounds on the face with soap and water. Cover wounds with a dry bandage.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or specialist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider or specialist if:

  • You have redness or swelling in or around your eye.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have a headache and stuffy nose. You may also feel pain and tenderness around the eyes, nose, and forehead.
  • You have questions about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You feel confused or more sleepy than usual.
  • Your forehead is numb.
  • You have a stiff neck and vomiting.
  • You are seeing double or your vision is blurred.
  • You notice vision loss.
  • You cannot move your eye.

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