What is Appendicitis?, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & More

What is Appendicitis?, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & More

What is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a medical condition that happens when the appendix, a small organ in your abdomen, becomes inflamed or infected. The appendix is located on the lower right side of your belly.

When it gets blocked, usually by stool, it can lead to swelling and bacterial growth, causing pain in the stomach.

If untreated, appendicitis can be serious, so it’s crucial to seek medical help promptly.  If you experience persistent abdominal pain, especially on the right side, it’s essential to consult a doctor.

What is Appendicitis?, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & More

Symptoms of Appendicitis

Common symptoms include

  • Severe pain in the lower right side of your belly, starting around the belly button and moving to the lower right side. The pain can worsen quickly.
  • You might also experience loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and a low-grade fever.
  • Sometimes, the pain gets worse with movement, coughing, or sneezing.

If you or someone you know has these symptoms, don’t wait—consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and timely intervention.

Causes of Appendicitis

  •  Appendicitis often occurs when the appendix gets blocked, usually by hardened stool, infections, or swollen lymph nodes.
  • When the appendix is blocked, bacteria multiply inside, causing inflammation and swelling.
  • Sometimes, a small piece of stool can get trapped in the appendix, leading to infection.
  •  Appendicitis might run in families, suggesting a genetic connection to its development.
  • Recognizing signs like abdominal pain, nausea, and loss of appetite is crucial for early detection and seeking medical help.

Treatment of Appendicitis

The most common treatment for appendicitis is surgery. In this procedure, doctors remove the swollen appendix through a small incision in the abdomen.

It’s important to treat appendicitis promptly to prevent the appendix from bursting, which can lead to serious complications.

Surgery is usually done quickly after diagnosis. Remember to follow your doctor’s advice and take any prescribed medications.

Dr. Kailash Mishra
Director & Gastroenterologist Consultant
Prime Gastro Liver Clinic

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