Skip to main content
Liverpool: (315) 325-2020
Request An Appointment
Fayetteville: (315) 625-2020
Request An Appointment
Liverpool: (315) 325-2020
Request An Appointment
Fayetteville: (315) 625-2020
Request An Appointment
Menu

Cellulitis

Cellulitis refers to an inflammation or an infection of cellular or soft tissues around the face and eyes.  When the tissues around the eyes are involved, the eyelids can become very red and swollen.  Cellulitis of this extent is usually due to trauma or to infections of adjacent structures such as sinusitis, or an upper respiratory tract infection.
    When cellulitis is limited to the tissues around the eye, it is called periorbital cellulitis and is generally treated by cultures and oral antibiotics.  Improvement may be aided by the use of hot compresses and may require drainage of fluid or pus accumulations under the skin.  It is also possible for cellulitis to extend to deeper tissues.
    When cellulitis extends to the deeper tissues that surround the eye, it is called orbital cellulitis and is much more serious.  In this case, the eyelids are involved in addition to the infection, affecting the appearance and function of the eye itself.  Diagnosis of orbital cellulitis requires rapid treatment, usually by intravenous antibiotics in the hospital.  Cultures will be utilized to help identify the involved bacteria in advanced cases.  Specialized x-ray testing will also be used to check the full extent of involvement.  While this is a serious infection, the use of modern antibiotics and time will most usually restore normal function to the affected tissues.
 
x

New Hours!

We have new hours and protocols in place to keep our patients and staff safe during this time. Please check our “Doctor’s Announcement During the COVID-19 Outbreak” for more details and to see Dr. Malara’s update video.