This time I will talk about orbital cellulite, another type of cellulite that is convenient to know and have under control so that if we detect that we can suffer, we can act as soon as possible.
What is orbital cellulite?
Orbital cellulite is one of those problems that have a name, to some extent, misleading. And when we talk about this condition, we talk about something that has nothing to do with what we usually understand by cellulite.
It is an acute (sudden) infection, which occurs in the tissues around the eye, affecting the eyelids, eyebrows, and cheeks.
It is an infection that needs attention because it can cause lasting problems. That is, it should be tried to seek a solution as soon as possible because they are infections that develop quickly and can cause blindness.
To diagnose and ensure that it is an orbital cellulite, the following studies are performed:
Complete Blood Count.
Spinal tap (in some cases).
X-ray of the sinuses (in some cases).
CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (in some cases).
Cultivation of the flow of the eye and nose (in some cases).
The culture of pharyngeal exudate (in some cases).
It should be noted that, although it may be a particularly serious problem if it is not treated in time, the truth is that, to the extent that the patient undergoes the tests and the timely treatment, recovery is guaranteed.
What is its cause?
Orbital cellulite originates from various types of infection, but in general the most common is the sinus and is most commonly found in children (especially when they are younger than seven years old).
It should be noted that, in developed countries, the latter is not so true, as children are vaccinated with HIB, but in the less developed countries it is still being used.
The bacteria that can cause orbital cellulite are the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumonia, and beta-hemolytic streptococci.
The symptoms of orbital cellulite may be as follows (be aware that all the symptoms that can occur if you do not go to your doctor quickly):
Painful inflammation of the eyelids, as well as of the eyebrow and the cheek (the latter does not have to happen always, but it does happen).
Decreased vision and partial blindness.
Eye pain, especially when trying to move the eye to look in different directions.
Fever greater than 39 degrees.
Feeling tired, heaviness and general malaise.
It would be difficult to move your eyes.
Brilliance on the eyelid, taking on a red or purple color.
In cases where it is not treated fast enough, it can lead to blindness.
Treatment usually requires hospitalization, because intravenous antibiotics are needed, and, as you may assume, that should be done at a medical facility.
In some cases, surgery may be needed to drain fluids and abscess, so as to relieve pressure around the eye.
The person suffering from orbital cellulite should be observed every few hours because it is an infection that can spread and worsen within a few hours, and the last consequence, without adequate treatment, is permanent blindness.
As you can see, orbital cellulite is something that you have to have under control so you do not take risks in front of it. I hope this information has been helpful and you can prevent against the problems associated with it.