Do I have Conjuctivitis or an Orbital Infection?

Checklist table for comparison of factors relating to "Conjunctivitis only" and "Orbital Cellulitis"  

Conjunctivitis Only

Orbital Cellulitis 

Symptoms

Sensation of pain focused in the eye itself ?
Yes No
Symptoms start to get better after 24 hours of taking Chloremphenicol drops ?
Yes No
Condition can be presented with a patient with a red eye or "pink eye"
Yes Yes
More often exists in only one eye ?
No Yes
Swelling of cheek area can be a symptom ?  
No Yes
Top eye lid swelling up ?     
No Yes
Top eye lid starting to close on its own?
No Yes
Restricted eye movement to the side ? 
No Yes
Sensation of pain focused behind and around eye ?
No Yes
Muscles around the eye feel painful ?
No Yes
Either sinus problems or skin boils are a contributing indication ? 
No Yes
Symptoms get worse after 36 hours of taking Chloremphenicol drops ?
No Yes
Decreased Vision ?
No Yes
The patient feeling generally unwell and sick ?
No Yes

Other Information

Can be sorted out with only Chloremphenicol drops ?
Yes No
Can be present with the existence of the other medical condition ie both ?
Yes Yes
Can lead to brain damage ?
No Yes
Can lead to a meningitis related death ?
No Yes
A CT Scan assists in verifying condition ? 
No Yes
Requires a CT Scan to check for infection spread eg spread affecting frontal lobes of the brain ?
No Yes
The eye socket becomes inflamed (shown by a CT Scan) ?
No Yes
Can be treated with Intravenous antibiotics ?
No Yes
Is an urgent medical case ?
No Yes
Vital is treated at an early stage ?
No Yes
Regular clear digital photos taken by patient* helpful for tracking of condition during progression ?
Yes Yes
*ie patient's friends, relatives or anyone !

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