Conjunctivitis: The “Pink Eyed Apollo” Mystery

What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the thin, transparent layer that covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. This inflammation results in blood vessels becoming more visible, giving the eye a pink or reddish appearance.

Acute Hemorrhagic Conjunctivitis, popularly known as Apollo.  I’ve noticed it’s becoming more common now; here’s what you have to know about it: It is mainly caused by a virus (the picornaviruses)

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The infection is spread through direct contact with the eye secretions of an infected person, using objects and things that have been used or touched by them. The infection affects the conjunctival layer of the eye, so infected people may experience

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  • Red-coloured eyes
  • Discharges from eye 
  • – Pain 
  • Eye irritation 
  • – Fever 
  • Eyelid swelling 
  • Blurred vision (sometimes)

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There is no specific treatment for Apollo. It’s self-limiting. It resolves by itself within 5 to 7 days.) We just manage the symptoms (mostly the pain, itch, and swelling)

  1. To prevent getting Apollo:
  2. Avoid direct contact with the eye secretions of an infected person. 
  3. Avoid shaking hands with each other 
  4. Wash your hands often. 
  5. Disinfect things or surfaces touched and used by infected people.
  6. Isolate yourself if you have the infection so you don’t spread it.

Note that you DO NOT get infected just by looking into the eyes of an infected person.

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Credits: Philemon Sarpong (Nurse – Oti Region)

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Philemon Sarpong (Nurse)

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