Do I have Conjunctivitis or an Orbital Infection?

Checklist table for comparison of factors relating to "Conjunctivitis only" and "Orbital Cellulitis" Description is relevant to:-
Symptoms
Sensation of pain focused on the eye itself?
Conjunctivitis / Pink eye  
Symptoms soon start to get better after 24 hours of taking Chloremphenicol drops?
Conjunctivitis / Pink eye  
Condition can be presented by a patient with a red eye or "pink eye"
Conjunctivitis / Pink eye Orbital Cellulitis 
Usually exists in only one eye?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Swelling of cheek area can be a symptom?  
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Top eye lid swelling up?     
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Top eye lid starting to close on its own?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Eventually restricted eye movement side to side? 
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Sensation of pain focused behind and around eye?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Muscles around the eye feel painful?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Either sinus problems or skin boils are a contributing indication? 
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Symptoms still get worse after 36 hours of taking Chloremphenicol drops?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Decreased Vision?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
The patient feeling generally unwell and sick?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Other Information
Can be sorted out with only Chloremphenicol drops?
Conjunctivitis / Pink eye  
Can be present with the existence of the other medical condition ie both?
Conjunctivitis / Pink eye Orbital Cellulitis 
Can lead to brain damage?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Can lead to a meningitis related death?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
A CT Scan  / CAT Scan assists and is important to verify condition? 
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Requires a CT Scan to check for infection spread eg spread affecting frontal lobes of the brain?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
The eye socket behind the eye becomes inflamed (shown by a CT Scan)?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Need to be treated with Intravenous antibiotics in hospital?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Is a very urgent medical case?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Vital is treated at an early stage?
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Misconception by Doctors that a fever must be present for a positive diagnosis
  Orbital Cellulitis 
Regular clear digital photos taken by patient* helpful for tracking of condition during progression to determine progression of condition if any?
Conjunctivitis / Pink eye Orbital Cellulitis 
*ie patient's friends, relatives or anyone !


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