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Periorbital Cellulitis In Adults, Ambulatory Care

Periorbital cellulitis

is an infection of the skin and tissues in the front of your eye. Symptoms are usually seen on one 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.

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Red, swollen eyelids
  • Difficulty opening your eye
  • Eyelids that feel warm and hard
  • Tenderness of your eyelids
  • Fever

Seek immediate care for any of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of vision in your infected eye
  • Vision problems, such as double vision
  • Difficulty moving your eyeball
  • Not able to close your eye due to swelling
  • Fever
  • Sudden headache and vomiting.
  • Stiff neck.

Treatment for periorbital cellulitis

is antibiotic medicine to treat and prevent the spread of infection. You may need to be admitted to the hospital if you develop a severe infection.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may 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.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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