Preseptal cellulitis is infection of the eyelid and skin and tissues around the front of the eye.
Both preseptal cellulitis and orbital cellulitis are more common among children. Preseptal cellulitis is far more common than orbital cellulitis. However, orbital cellulitis is more dangerous.
Preseptal cellulitis usually is caused by spread of an infection of the face or eyelid, an infected insect or animal bite, conjunctivitis, a hordeolum (stye), or sinusitis.
Treatment consists of antibiotics taken by mouth (for example, amoxicillin with clavulanate). If people have a severe infection or cannot take pills, hospitalization is recommended and antibiotics are given by vein. People should be monitored closely by an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye disorders).
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