Cellulitis can affect the eyelid, causing redness and swelling of the eyelids and around the eye. The swelling is the body's natural attempt to reduce the spread of infection. Most people with cellulitis, particularly children, develop this sign of the infection. It may become difficult to open the eye. In severe cases, the infection can spread to the eye socket or eye itself (a condition called orbital cellulitis) and possibly further, reaching the brain and spinal cord or causing sepsis.
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