Cellulitis eye infections are common among children and less common among adults. For adults who are around children with eye infections, there is a great risk for developing a cellulitis eye infection. If you have children with pink eye, it is important to become familiar with the symptoms of pink eye in adults and how this infection can lead to cellulitis of the eye in adults.
A pink eye infection in the eyes, also known as conjunctivitis, is a condition that is characterized by excess fluid in the eyes, itching, and excessive redness. For children who develop the complication, the infection of the eye typically does not lead to cellulitis eye infections as parents often seek out treatment for a child before cellulitis develops. In adults, however, the infection can quickly spread to cellulitis of the eye due to delay in care. These types of fast spreading infections are similiar to the complications of superficial phlebitis in adults which develops relatively quickly without proper treatment.
If your child has been diagnosed with pink eye, the symptoms of pink eye in adults are typically the same. You will notice that your eyes will become quite itchy and excess fluid will cake on the eyes at night while you are sleeping. While your child’s prescription eye drops will certainly resolve your condition, it is never recommended that anyone in the family share eye drops as this can lead to further spread of infection.
Delaying in the treatment of symptoms of pink eye can quickly cause your eye infection to turn into cellulitis. With a cellulitis eye infection, you can expect that you will have complications with vision and often the infection will be more challenging to treat. When symptoms of pink eye in adults begin to manifest, it is important to treat the infection immediately – this is especially true if you have a suppressed immune system.
Many complications of cellulitis eye infections are challenging to treat once the infection has spread to this level. If you have children in the home with pink eye, be sure to ask your personal physician for a preventative dosing of eye drops to prevent not only cellulitis but to also prevent the typical pink eye infection from developing.
Sources: Reversing Dry Eye Syndrome, by Steven L. Maskin