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5 Things You Need to Know About Periorbital Cellulitis

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5 Things You Need to Know About Periorbital Cellulitis
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Periorbital cellulitis is an infection of the soft tissues around the eye. It consists of two different types of infection. One involves the skin and tissues of the eye and the other involves the tear duct. When infection involves the eye and its socket, it is an "orbital cellulitis." Because the eye, sinuses, nasal mucosa, and brain are all very close to each other, a periorbital cellulitis is a serious infection. If left untreated, it can be fatal.

Periorbital cellulitis is an infection of the soft tissues around the eye. It consists of two different types of infection. One involves the skin and tissues of the eye and the other involves the tear duct. When infection involves the eye and its socket, it is an "orbital cellulitis." Because the eye, sinuses, nasal mucosa, and brain are all very close to each other, a periorbital cellulitis is a serious infection. If left untreated, it can be fatal.

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