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  • Cellulitis Treatment

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    Written By: Kierstan Boyd
    Reviewed By: Stephen N Lipsky MD
    Apr. 24, 2018

    In most cases, your doctor will have you take an antibiotic medicine to treat your cellulitis.

    With pre-septal cellulitis, you should start to notice the infection getting better in about a day or two while taking antibiotics.

    Because it is more serious, orbital cellulitis may not improve with (oral) antibiotics. If that happens, you may need to stay in the hospital to be treated. They will give you special antibiotics continuously through a vein in your body.

    In some cases, your doctor may need to drain fluid from the infected area. Sometimes this can be performed in your doctor's office. Other times, it may mean having surgery in a hospital or outpatient clinic.

    Your doctor will explain the cellulitis treatment chosen for you. If you have any questions, be sure to ask. Your ophthalmologist is committed to protecting your sight.