This 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.
The following are general care guidelines:
Take your antibiotic medicine exactly as directed, until it is finished.
You may use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with pain, unless another pain medicine was given. [NOTE: If you have liver disease or ever had a stomach ulcer, talk with your doctor before using these medicines.] Do not use ibuprofen in children under 6 months of age.
Follow up with your doctor or as advised by our staff.
When to seek medical care
Get prompt medical attention or contact your doctor if any of the following occur:
Increasing swelling or pain around the eye
Changes in vision
Fever of 100.5 (38º C) oral or 101.5 (38.6º C) rectal for more than 2 days on antibiotics