Dacryocystitis is an infection of the lacrimal sac that sometimes leads to abscess formation. Generally, the infection is mild. Sometimes, the infection is severe and can cause fever. Sometimes a collection of pus (abscess) may form, which can rupture through the skin, creating a passage for drainage.
HOW IS DACRYOCYSTITIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis will be done by the general physician or an ophthalmologist who will conduct a routine eye exam based on the symptoms. The doctor will check for any signs of oozing pus and the exact location of the infection.
HOW IS DACRYOCYSTITIS TREATED?
The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to stop the growth of the infection causing bacteria. Severe cases with high fever may require intravenous administration of the antibiotics. More chronic cases will require surgery to relieve the blockage. One can also apply warm compresses to the area for comfort.
DID YOU KNOW?
Dacryocystitis is more common on the left side than the right side.