The conjunctiva is a thin, transparent mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and covers the sclera (the white part of the eye). The conjunctiva contains glands which produce secretions that help to keep the eyes moist, and antibodies, which reduce infection.
Conjunctivitis which is also known as Apollo means ‘inflammation of the conjunctiva. It is can also be called pink eyes. It was first discovered in Ghana in 1969, the year US spaceship Apollo 11 landed on the moon, it was named Apollo because many believed that the disease was brought from space that year.
Commonest causes includes
- infection by viruses or bacteria.
- chemical irritants, traditional eye remedies or
It is usually affects both eyes. The patient notices that the eyes are red and uncomfortable, and there is discharge which may make the eyelids stick together in the morning. It comes with the urge for you to scratch it. The vision is usually not affected.
You can get affected when you come in close proximity with a person who suffers from conjunctivitis! Therefore, take some precautions when you have a person with this infection in your house. Improper hand hygiene can be a major cause of this infection. Do not share the same towel with this person. Old People, children, diabetics, people who take steriods and people who suffer from respiratory tract infections have high tendency to come down with Apollo.
Let us take a look at natural remedies that can be of help.
One raw potato can help with Apollo eye infection. Cut one potato into halves and place the slices on your infected eyes. Keep the slices on your eyes for about 20 minutes. Repeat this procedure every day, and you will see improvements.
2. Lemon Juice
Make a mixture of lemon juice with lukewarm water. Soak a cotton pad or a piece of cloth in the mixture and apply on the infected eye. Repeat the procedure at least twice a day during one week to get the best results!
3. Milk and Honey Mixture
The recipe is the same as with boiling water, but you just need to mix milk and honey with the same proportions (0.5 liters of milk to 3 tablespoons of honey). Use cotton pads to clean your eyes with this mixture.
4. Aloe Vera
Fresh Aloe Vera gel will serve perfectly well to manage Apollo eye infection. Just soak a clean cotton pad or handkerchief on a mixture of Aloe Vera. Place them on the infected eye. Aloe Vera medical properties can be your best treatment for Apollo eye!
Honey has been found to be useful in many disease states. Just mix three tablespoons of honey with half a liter of boiling water. Let the mixture cool down until it becomes warm. After that, you can wash your infected eye with this mixture 2-3 times a day to get results.
6. Warm or Cold Compress
A cold or warm compress can be a simple and effortless solution for your pink eye. Nevertheless, do not forget that you need to use clean water! Take a clean cloth and soak it in lukewarm/cold water. Apply the compress for ten minutes on your eyes! Repeat the procedure twice per day! Do not use water that is too hot it might escalate it.
7. Boric Acid
It is another good solution for your Apollo eye. Take 100 ml of boiling water and dilute a tablespoon of Boric acid in it. Cool down the water until it becomes lukewarm. Use this mixture to wash your eyes. For best results, repeat the procedure every day for at least one week.
8. Baking Soda
Baking powder can give immediate relief because apollo could be disturbing. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with boiling water. Cold down the water until it becomes lukewarm. After that, wash your infected eyes with this mixture at least two times a day to get quick results.
9. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a perfect remedy to ease itchiness in your red eyes. Just soak a cotton pad in coconut oil. Apply the pad over the infected eye. Repeat the procedure every time you feel itchiness in your eye.
Do not forget that apollo can lead to a more serious infection. Visit your doctor if symptoms persist, the doctor may prescribe you eye drops or even antibiotics if you have a serious case of the infection. Do not underestimate Apollo eye infection! In the worst case scenario, you can even lose your vision!