Orbital Cellulitis


What is orbital cellulitis? Orbital cellulitis is an infection inside your eye socket (the bony area that surrounds your eye). It is caused by bacteria or a fungus.

Orbital Cellulitis

What increases my risk for orbital cellulitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of orbital cellulitis?

How is orbital cellulitis diagnosed? Your caregiver will examine your eye, nose, and face. You may need any of the following:

How is orbital cellulitis treated? You will need to stay in the hospital to treat orbital cellulitis. You may need any of the following:

What are the risks of orbital cellulitis? Orbital cellulitis is a serious infection that can worsen even with prompt treatment. The infection may spread deeper in the eye socket or spread to the other eye. This can lead to blindness. If the infection spreads to the brain, life-threatening blood clots or an infection can develop.

How can orbital cellulitis be prevented?

How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


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