Admin October 5, 2023

Apollo, commonly known as conjunctivitis or pink eye, causes painful, red, and itchy eyes. The duration of recovery varies based on the type of pink eye. Generally, it often resolves within 7-10 days without any treatment, though some people may require prompt treatment.

Antibiotics are the primary treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis, usually administered over 5–7 days. It is essential to visit a reputed eye care clinic for guidance from a medical professional, including recommendations on when it is safe to return to work or school. If symptoms persist, it is advised to abstain from close contact with others.

Viral pink eye is often highly contagious for 10–14 days, and the healing process may extend to three weeks or more.

In contrast, pink eye resulting from an allergy is not contagious. Removing the allergen typically resolves the condition without posing a risk of transmission to others.

How Long Does Apollo Last?

There are three types of eye infections: allergic, viral, and bacterial. A person’s kind of Apollo will affect how long it takes to heal.

1- Allergic Conjunctivitis:
Approximately 40% of the population may experience allergic conjunctivitis, triggered by reactions to allergens such as:

  • Grass
  • Animal dander
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Ragweed

Exposure to chemicals like chlorine can also cause symptoms. Allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious, and avoiding allergens can expedite its resolution. However, some individuals may require eye drops or other medications to manage it.

2- Viral Conjunctivitis:
Viral pink eye can be caused by various viruses, including:

  • Adenovirus (accounting for up to 90% of cases)
  • Herpes simplex virus (HSV) responsible for 1.3–4.8% of cases
  • Acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis (less common but highly contagious, transmitted through hand-eye contact and possibly contaminated surfaces)
  • COVID-19 (1-6% of infected individuals may develop pink eye)

Viral pink eye can originate from infections that travel from the nose to the eyes, be transmitted between the eyes, or be spread through cough or sneeze droplets. Associated symptoms may include fever, body aches, and other respiratory infection indicators. Highly contagious for 10–14 days, viral pink eye may take 14–30 days to resolve fully.

3- Bacterial Conjunctivitis:
Mild bacterial Apollo eye infections typically last around a week. Untreated cases may take up to two weeks to resolve completely. Antibiotic treatment usually leads to improvement within 3–4 days, and completing the entire course is crucial to prevent recurrence. If antibiotic drops do not yield rapid progress, the condition is likely viral rather than bacterial.

4- Uveitis and Other Causes:
Some autoimmune diseases or conditions can produce conjunctivitis-like symptoms, such as:

  • Uveitis, associated with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and other conditions
  • Eye cellulitis
  • Fistula due to circulatory problems

Inflammation may occur inexplicably at times. While these forms of pink eye are not contagious, they necessitate medical attention due to potential complications.

How Does Apollo Eye Infection Transmit?

Viral or bacterial infection can spread from one person to another through:

  • Sharing personal hygiene or other items
  • Shaking hands or further close personal contact
  • Using unclean or old makeup that has collected bacteria
  • Touching the eye with dirty hands
  • Using contact lenses where pathogens are present
  • Coughing and sneezing

Eye infections can also be a sign of an underlying viral or bacterial infection that may be contagious, such as COVID-19, gonococcal, or chlamydial infections.

How to Prevent Apollo Eye Infection?

Maintaining good hygiene is crucial to treat the spread of Apollo. Here are some guidelines:

  • Avoid touching your eyes with your hands.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Use a fresh towel and washcloth daily.
  • Avoid sharing towels or washcloths.
  • Regularly change your pillowcases.
  • Discard old eye cosmetics, such as mascara.
  • Stop sharing eye cosmetics or personal eye care items.

It’s important to note that eye infections are no more contagious than the common cold. If you can adhere to good hygiene practices and minimize close contact, it is generally acceptable to resume normal activities like work, school, or child care. However, if work, school, or child care involves close contact with others, staying home may be best until your or your child’s symptoms worsen.

How to Prevent Eye Infections in Newborns

Newborns’ eyes are susceptible to bacterial transmission during childbirth, which can lead to ophthalmia neonatorum—a severe form of conjunctivitis. To reduce this risk, antibiotic ointment is routinely applied to every newborn’s eyes shortly after birth as a preventive measure against eye infections. This proactive approach is crucial for preserving the newborn’s sight and addressing potential complications promptly.

When to Seek Medical Help

Apollo eye infection is a common condition that will resolve on its own in a few days. However, if an infection causes it, it can last up to a few weeks.

However, severe eye conditions can cause eye redness, including symptoms such as eye pain, a sensation of foreign objects in the eye, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. If you experience these signs, it is imperative to seek urgent medical attention.

For people who use contact lenses, it is crucial to discontinue wearing them at the onset of Apollo symptoms. Suppose the symptoms do not show improvement within 12 to 24 hours. In that case, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to rule out the possibility of a more severe eye infection linked to contact lens usage.

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