Geek Travel my red eye after Vulcano island

Published on July 23rd 2013

When I Got Sulphuric Mud In My Eyes

There I was at Vulcano Island, enjoying the mud spring (read it here if you missed it). Splashing about, smothering myself in the mud. Well you can’t exactly jump on a boat back to the hotel covered in mud so shower time it was. Boy was that fun.

Well apparently I’m an idiot. I tipped my head down to wash the mud out my hair as I normally would in a non-sulfuric shower. WRONG. This how you definitely should not shower after a volcanic mud bath- because that’s how you get acid in your eyeballs. 

I yelled (while trying not to make a scene) for water to get the mud out of my eyes, but my parents were mostly thinking getting cleaned before the shower token ran out. My sister handed me a litre bottle of water we had in our bag (luckily) and I immediately began rinsing the sh*t out of my eyes-in both sense of the words.

The mud stung so much, I couldn’t open my eyes with out a nasty burning sensation that forced my eyes to shut. There was a niggling thought that “this is it Cindy, you’re probably blind.” 

And then we ran out of water…

Luckily my sister suggested I use the remaining cap-full to give myself an eye bath and that seemed to sooth my burning eyes.

After much rinsing and continuous blinking…I could open my eyes again. Huge breath of relief as I wasn’t blinded! I was a pretty photosensitive and dazed, but I could see!

I proceeded to get changed out of my bikini in my semi-blind state and took a moment in the cubicle to appreciate what a precious and brittle thing your sight is..Here’s what my eyes looked like after a good 15 minutes of rinsing:

my red eye after Vulcano island

I still couldn’t open my eyes fully for another half an hour hence the droopiness (and very Zen look):

me after lots of eyeball rinsing

To give you an idea of how potentially hairy things could have got-prior to arriving at Vulcano we were told to take off all gold, silver, any jewellery as the mud would make it “turn black”. Well I decided to put this theory to the test and kept my crappy gold bangle on. This is what happened:

bangle immediately after Vulcano

You can see that the bangle coating is rubbing off on my skin. Here’s a comparison with another bangle that wasn’t soaked in Vulcano Island mud:

bangle comparison

Oh and let me tell you, the rotten egg smell lingers. Our skin smelt for almost 3 days, so did our hair despite daily washing. The top I wore before and after the springs smelt for 2 weeks after I got home. All this from a 45 minute soak!

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  1. This article was featured in: Aeolian Islands-Vulcano and Lipari Tour (Vulcano Mud Bath) - A Geek Abroad

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