Conjunctivitis usually known as APOLLO is a frequent disorder in which the thin layer of tissue that covers the front of the eye becomes inflamed and red “the conjunctiva”. This article discusses the symptoms of this illness.
Conjunctivitis is commonly referred to as “red eye.”
Itching and watering of the eyes are also common signs of conjunctivitis, as is a sticky coating on the eyelashes “if the condition is caused by an allergy”.
Conjunctivitis can affect only one eye at first, but after a few hours, it frequently affects both.
Conjunctivitis symptoms vary depending on the cause of the ailment.
However, the following are the two most common symptoms:
Eye redness – caused by inflammation and enlargement of the conjunctiva’s small blood vessels “the thin layer of cells covering the front of the eyes”
A discharge – the conjunctiva includes hundreds of cells that create mucus and microscopic glands that make tears; inflammation causes the glands to become overactive, causing more water and mucus to be produced.
Initially, only one eye is afflicted, but symptoms frequently spread to both eyes within a few hours.
Infectious conjunctivitis is a conjunctivitis that is caused by an infection.
You could have the following symptoms if you have infective conjunctivitis:
-a feeling of burning in your eyes
-a gritty sensation in your eyes
-a swollen lymph node ‘gland’ in front of the ear – commonly when you first wake up in the morning
-a sticky coating on the eyelashes
This is a type of allergic conjunctivitis.
If you have allergic conjunctivitis, your eyes may be irritated.
The symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis vary according on the chemical to which you are allergic.
Pollen allergies ‘hay fever’ are common at different times of the year. You can be allergic to tree pollen, which is produced in the spring, grass pollen, which is released in the late spring and early summer, and weed pollen, which is released at any time from early spring to late fall.
Other symptoms, including sneezing and a runny or plugged nose, are also likely to occur as a result of the pollen.
Dust mite or animal hair allergies can produce symptoms at any time of year. Both eyes are frequently affected, and the symptoms may be more severe in the morning.
Eye drops can cause allergic reactions in certain people. This is called contact dermatoconjunctivitis, and it can also affect your eyelids, making them dry and itchy.
Giant papillary conjunctivitis is an allergic reaction to contact lenses that affects some people. Small patches on the inside of your upper eyelids may emerge as the symptoms advance more slowly. Because this type of conjunctivitis has a high risk of complications, you should get medical help very away.
Nwachineke Onyeke Chekwube reporting, Obinwannem news writer/ November 12, 2021