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Periorbital Cellulitis

Periorbital cellulitis is an infection of the tissues around the eye. It is most often caused by an infected scratch or insect bite. Sometimes a sinus infection can cause this problem.

Home care

The following are general care guidelines:

  1. Take your antibiotic medicine exactly as directed, until it is finished.

  2. You may use over-the-counter medicine as directed based on age and weight to help with pain and fever, unless another pain medicine was given. If you have liver disease or ever had a stomach ulcer, talk with your healthcare provider before using these medicines. Do not use ibuprofen in children under 6 months of age. Aspirin should never be used in anyone under 18 years of age who is ill with a fever. It may cause severe illness or death.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised.

When to seek medical advice

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Increasing swelling or pain around the eye

  • Increasing redness

  • Changes in vision

  • Fever of 100.4 (38º C) oral or 101.5 (38.6º C) rectal for more than 2 days on antibiotics


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