Contributors: Yasira Sonnier and Dr. Emran from Simple Health Radio
On this episode of Simple Health Radio, Dr. Emran recalls a case involving a 4-year-old boy named “Albert”.
One morning Albert woke up with his right eye swollen shut. At first, his parents decided to treat his symptoms with Benadryl, but his eye began to get worse They decided to contact his pediatrician and were advised to bring him into the ER.
Dr. Emran immediately asked Albert’s parents questions that might lead to how Albert’s eye became swollen shut. He learned that they had spent the weekend at a beach house where there were mosquitos.
Based on the exam, it occurred to Dr. Emran that Albert was experiencing Periorbital Cellulitis.
Periorbital cellulitis is an inflammation and infection of the eyelid or skin around the eye.
It happens when bacteria attack the soft tissue around the eye, including the eyelid. The infection can be caused by minor trauma to the area around the eye, such as an insect bite or a scratch.
Periorbital Cellulitis typically occurs more in children than adults.
Symptoms might include:
- Redness and swelling around the eye
- A cut, scratch, or insect bite near the eye
- Tenderness to the touch
- A rough texture
Periorbital cellulitis doesn’t always cause a fever or pain. If you experience any worsening symptoms, get medical attention right away.
Periorbital cellulitis is treated with antibiotics and should improve within 24 to 48 hours. A follow-up visit to make sure the infection is completely gone is always recommended.
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