Dealing with Acute Haemmorrhagic Conjunctivitis (APOLLO)

Acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis (AHC)(also spelt acute haemorrhagic conjunctivitis) is a derivative of the highly contagious conjunctivitis virus, otherwise known as pink eye. Symptoms include excessively red, swollen eyes as well as subconjuntival hemorrhaging (according to Wikipedia).

It presents as a reddening of the affected eye because of the infection of the conjunctiva.

Many conditions can lead to the inflammation of the conjunctiva. They include allergies, bacterial infection, viral infection etc.


Acute Haemmorrhagic Conjunctivitis is normally recognized by the affected individual upon waking.

The eyelids would stick together requiring great effort in separating them. Intense whitish mucopurulentdischarge is seen throughout the day with the eye having a cerise hue.

There is pain which is worse upon looking up or at light.

Other symptoms include sore eyes, grittiness or burning sensation felt on the eye, redness, watery discharge, swelling of eyelids.

Infection rate of Apollo

Has a very fast rate of infection.

Upon affecting one eye, the condition is understood to infect the opposite eye in a very short while(maximum 3 days). As an infected person goes aroundhis house or work, the conditions spreads.

This is as a result of the items that the individual touches normally become sources of infection.

As such it’s suggested that when infected, the individual should keep a high level of hygiene so that the rate of infection can be regulated.

 The forecast of the sickness in terms of its resolution is incredibly good. Though it can go without medication, the condition can resolve faster if antibiotics are administered onto the eye.

Apollo is of an annual occurrence which affects hundreds of thousands of people in Ghana every year. Because of the ease of spread -from person to person, it needs prompt treatment.

Apollo is not spread just by looking into the affected person’s eye.

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