Periorbital Cellulitis

Q: My 5yo son was swimming and was bitten by a mosquito close to his eye. The next day the entire area around his eye was red and swollen. What could this be?

 

A: There are several reasons this could happen, but since he was bitten by a mosquito, there is a good chance he had preseptal cellulitis, also known as periorbital cellulitis. It’s caused by insect bites or the spread of another infection, such as a sinus infection. The most common course of treatment is oral antibiotics such as Augmentin or Bactrim. It’s important to start treatment right away as it can turn into a more serious issue called orbital cellulitis, which requires immediate IV treatment. Make sure you contact us right away for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan!