The Best Ways of Treating Apollo (Conjunctivitis)
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In recent months, there has been an increase in the cases of having red or itchy eyes, and it has been a source of worry for most parents.
Conjunctivitis ( popularly known as Apollo) is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin, filmy membrane that covers the white portion of the eye. It is a viral infection commonly occurring during the dry season, although it can also happen in the rainy or wet season.
It also occurs when the small blood vessels in the eye are inflamed, making the eye appear pink or reddish. It is mainly caused by viruses, bacteria, allergies, a foreign object in the eye or even a chemical splash on the eye. It is mostly contagious, i.e. it can spread through direct contact with an infected person.
According to Professor Ayotunde Ajaiyeoba, a paediatric ophthalmologist consultant at University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, “Allergic Conjunctivitis is the second most common eye disease that affects children in Nigeria today.
He also said that allergic Conjunctivitis was preventable, though one out of every four children with allergic Conjunctivitis turns out to develop asthma later in life.
It (Conjunctivitis) can affect children and adults (although uncommon in newborn babies). In some cases, it is eye-threatening, which is why you should take its treatment very seriously.
How to Treat Apollo (Conjunctivitis)
Treatment of Apollo (Conjunctivitis) depends on the cause. The treatment given to the Conjunctivitis caused by a virus differs from the one administered to that caused by bacteria or any other. Thus, we would list what you would do and how to do it for effective healing.
- The best way to treat Bacterial Conjunctivitis is with antibiotics, eye drops, and ointments (e.g., tetracycline eye ointment), but it may take up to two weeks to completely heal.
- Although it gradually heals independently, some antiviral medications are available for treating viral Conjunctivitis, but take a prescribed one for best results.
- Conjunctivitis caused by irritants can be treated by rinsing your eye thoroughly with clean water.
- For Conjunctivitis caused by acid drop into the eye, seek immediate medical advice.
- You can control Allergic reactions or inflammation caused by Conjunctivitis using eye drops.
- Also, keep to your basic hygiene habits to avoid the reoccurrence.
- Aloe vera: It has been discovered that aloe vera contains some nutrients and properties that can be used to treat Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as Apollo. Soak a neat cotton pad or handkerchief in the aloe vera gel and apply it to the affected eye.
- Also, Dr. Chukwuma Ogunbor recommended taking one raw potato per day. Cut the potato into two halves and place one on the eye for 20 minutes. Do that daily, and you will see the result.
These are alternative ways of treating Apollo, which you can try out today and be amazed at the result or speed at which the healing occurs.
Harmful ways of treating Apollo (conjunctivitis)
When looking for the best ways to treat Conjunctivitis, also go through some of the treatments taken by people that are harmful to the eye and can hinder your vision. These practices are:
- The use of urine for treating Apollo
- The use of breast milk
- Acid and other stuff
As such, health personnel warn that those involved in those practices should please desist from it for their eye safety.
Suffering from Conjunctivitis, which is also known as Apollo, can be stressful, especially when you have to avoid transferring it to someone else and staying away from people and all that.
But do not worry about that anymore because when you take the treatment prescribed by your physician, it will heal within a short time, and you will be free from the irritating itches and all other symptoms associated with Conjunctivitis.
Also, avoid indulging yourself in the harmful practices that some people take to treat Conjunctivitis. Instead, seek help from trained and licenced professional optometrists when infected with Conjunctivitis or other eye problems.