Appendix, a 3.5-meter long tube in the body that has no known purpose can cause emergency medical conditions. According to a study, more than 300,000 appendix surgeries are performed each year. It is the most common abdominal surgery which is commonly performed in children under the age of 14. Appendicitis symptoms should not be avoided and taken seriously and also requires emergency medical attention. A person can safely live and do well without an appendix.
What Is Appendicitis?
Appendicitis is a condition when your appendix becomes inflammable due to the presence of bacteria and pus and put it at the risk of damage or rupture. When appendix becomes inflamed it shows symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and loss of appetite. With the passing of time inflammation gets worsen and becomes more severe.
When the pus and bacteria inside the appendix multiply quickly it can cause the appendix to rupture. When it ruptures, the bacteria spread to the other organs and bloodstream and cause emergency medical conditions.
Symptoms of Appendicitis-
1. Abdominal Pain
4. Loss of appetite
6. Abdominal gas swelling
9. Inability to pass gas
10. Digestion problem
11. Elevated heart rate
12. Frequent urination
Causes & Risk Factors-
The most common causes are-
1. Bacterial Infection
2. Obstruction of foreign particles in appendix
3. Blockage in the appendix
Risk factors for appendicitis include-
1. Age: It commonly occurs between the ages of 10 and 30
2. Sex: Males are more susceptible to develop appendicitis than females
3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
4. Infection in the body
5. Blunt force trauma to abdomen
How Is Appendicitis Diagnosed?
1. Physical examination
2. Blood and urine tests
5. Abdominal ultrasound
How Is Appendicitis Treated?
Appendectomy which is a surgical process to remove appendix is considered as the best treatment option for all the cases of appendicitis. In some cases, antibiotics can be prescribed to eliminate the need for surgery.
Can Appendicitis be prevented?
Usually, there is no way to prevent appendicitis but the occurrence of it can be reduced by adding more fibrous fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Here are Some Ways to Boost Appendicitis Recovery faster-
1. Avoid carrying or picking up heavy objects.
2. A cough carefully to prevent pain
3. Eat farmed fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish.
4. Boost your immune system health.
5. Vitamin C helps the wound heal faster. Adding more vitamin C rich foods such as guava, orange, papaya would help in healing.
Appendicitis is serious and should be treated on time. In case you suspect other problems after treatment, consult your doctor to prevent complications.
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