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What do I need to know about periorbital cellulitis?

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Periorbital cellulitis is an infection of your eyelid or the skin around your eyes. Adults can get it, but children under 2 are most likely to have it.

It happens when bacteria attack the soft tissue around your eye, including your eyelid. These germs can get into your skin through a cut or scratch, or they can get to the area through an infection in your sinuses. It also can be a reaction to a stye (a tender bump on your eyelid that forms when a gland on your eyelid gets infected).

Periorbital cellulitis is sometimes called preseptal cellulitis because it happens outside a part of your skull called the orbital septum. A layer of tissue keeps the infection from spreading to your eye, so it usually doesn’t affect your vision.

From: What Is Periorbital Cellulitis? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Family Physician: “Distinguishing Periorbital from Orbital Cellulitis.”

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health : “Periorbital and orbital cellulitis in children.”

Medscape: “Preseptal Cellulitis Clinical Presentation.”

Review of Optometry: “Put a Lid on Preseptal Cellulitis.”

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne: “Periorbital and orbital cellulitis.”

Merck Manuals: “Preseptal cellulitis.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on September 06, 2017

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Boston Children’s Hospital: “Treatments for Orbital Cellulitis in Children.”

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital: “Periorbital cellulitis.”

Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery: “Periorbital cellulitis.”

American Family Physician: “Distinguishing Periorbital from Orbital Cellulitis.”

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health : “Periorbital and orbital cellulitis in children.”

Medscape: “Preseptal Cellulitis Clinical Presentation.”

Review of Optometry: “Put a Lid on Preseptal Cellulitis.”

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne: “Periorbital and orbital cellulitis.”

Merck Manuals: “Preseptal cellulitis.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on September 06, 2017

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