Source: RG Stone Hospital
Appendicitis is a tricky disease as its symptoms are much common and vague. In this article, I will be talking about what appendicitis is, the signs and symptoms, the causes and also when to see a doctor.
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. Appendix is a finger shaped pouch that projects from your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen. Appendicitis causes pain in your lower right abdomen. However, in most people pain begins around the navel. Anyone can develop appendicitis and it can occur in people with different ages.
As inflammation worsens, appendicitis pain typically increases and eventually becomes severe. Standard treatment of appendicitis is surgical removal of the appendix. The site of your pain may vary, depending on your age and the position of your appendix. In pregnant women, the pain may seem to come from the upper abdomen because appendix normally move higher during pregnancy.
Signs And Symptoms Of Appendicitis
1. Constipation or diarrhea.
2. Abdominal bloating.
3. Loss of appetite.
4. Nausea and vomiting.
5. Sudden pain that begins on the right side of lower abdomen.
6. Low grade fever.
7. Sudden pain that begins around your navel and often shift to your lower right abdomen.
Causes Of Appendicitis
Appendicitis is caused by a blockage of the hollow portion of the appendix, most commonly by a calcified "stone" made of feces. And also, inflamed lyphoid tissue from a viral infection, parasites, gallstone or tumors may also cause the blockage.This blockage leads to increased pressures within the appendix, decreased blood flow to the tissues of the appendix, and the bacteria multiply rapidly, causing the appendix to become inflamed, swollen and filled with pus. If not treated promptly, the appendix can rupture and spreads infection throughout your abdomen.
When To See A Doctor
If you or your child has the aforementioned signs and symptoms, or if you are experiencing the aforementioned signs and symptoms, you need to see a doctor.
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