What you should know about Appendicitis?
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. it is a medical condition that one might develop at any age.
Appendicitis is an emergency that most of the time, requires surgery as quick as possible.
There is a difference between stomachache and Appendicitis:
Although a stomachache can be very irritating, we are still able to cure the pain or reduce it.
If you have a normal stomachache, a hot water bottle will make you feel better, but if you have an appendicitis case, nothing seems to help relieve that pain.
Appendicitis is very different from an ordinary stomachache. Most of the time it is referred as acute Appendicitis because most of the people who suffer from this condition would describe the pain as strong and sharp, a pain that they have never experienced before.
Causes of Appendicitis :
In fact, it is not clear why some people develop Appendicitis.
However, some experts explain it as an infection caused by a barrier in the cecum; this barrier can occur through a hard piece of stool; the latter causes a blockage to the cecum and leads to an infection in the appendix connected to it.
The 7 symptoms of Appendicitis:
If you have Appendicitis, your body will give you these seven signs:
- You will feel severe and sharp pain around your navel.
- After some time, the pain will move to the right side of your lower abdomen.
- The pain will increase and feel worse like something you have never experienced before.
- The pain becomes severe when you touch your belly, cough, sneeze, breathe deeply or move suddenly.
- You will get a high temperature (usually not over 39 degrees Celsius)
- Most of the time, the pain is accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
- Loss of appetite with constipation and diarrhea in some cases.
Treatment for appendicitis:
Unfortunately, Appendicitis is an emergency that requires medical intervention.
In case of Appendicitis, the patient should undergo, for example,keyhole surgery to remove the inflamed appendix as soon as possible.
If the patient does not undergo surgery in time the appendix can burst. As a result, its content will move into the abdominal cavity, which in turn will lead to peritonitis.
Under these circumstances, the patient will have severe pain and cramps in the entire stomach, which can be treated through a long course of antibiotics.