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Periorbital Cellulitis in Adults


Periorbital cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues in the front of your eye. The infection can quickly cause vision problems. It can spread to your brain and cause meningitis. Periorbital cellulitis must be treated immediately to prevent serious complications.

Cellulitis of the Eye


Return to the emergency department if:

  • You lose vision in your infected eye.
  • You have vision problems, such as double vision.
  • You have difficulty moving your eyeball.
  • You cannot close your eye due to swelling.
  • You have a fever.
  • You develop a headache and are vomiting.
  • You have a stiff neck.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your symptoms do not get better within 24 hours of treatment.
  • Your symptoms return.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Antibiotics are used to treat a bacterial infection.
  • 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 or 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.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to be referred to other healthcare providers. You may also need more treatment. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Keep your eyes clean:

Clean your eyes with warm water daily and as needed. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you clean your eyes.

Protect your eyes:

Do not scratch or rub your eyes.

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