What Exactly Is Periorbital Cellulitis—and How Do You Get It?More
You may have heard of cellulitis, a dangerous skin infection, that, if not treated properly, can be fatal. Well, it gets worse: You can actually contract periorbital (also called preseptal) cellulitis in your eye.
Just like other forms of cellulitis, the periorbital variety (which is more common in kids for unclear reasons) comes from a bacterial skin infection. But in this case, the infection starts around the eye area, often from a cut or a bug bite, David Epley, MD, a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, tells Health.
In some cases, the infection can spread from the sinuses, making people who suffer from sinus conditions more prone to periorbital cellulitis, Dr. Epley says. People