Appendicitis Warning Signs

Appendicitis Warning Signs

Appendicitis can strike at any age, but is usually common in males between ten and thirty years of age. There are no medicines to treat this condition, with surgery being the only treatment option.

When left untreated, the appendix will burst and spill out its infected contents into the abdominal cavity, leading to a fatal condition called peritonitis that may even cost the patient his life.

Appendicitis first makes its presence known through a mild pain in the stomach, specifically in the belly button region. Soon the pain begins moving towards the lower right side of the stomach and settles there.

The precise location of the appendix in a human body varies from person to person, hence the location of the pain may differ slightly too. The pain starts out as a mild one but gets worse over time and after the first 6 to 12 hours, it becomes really painful. This is the first sign of appendicitis, and soon the other symptoms will start showing up, like mild fever, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, swelling in the abdomen, constipation and diarrhea. The area where the pain is the maximum will feel very tender and acts like coughing, walking or sneezing will make things quite difficult.

There are a number of other ailments with symptoms similar to those responsible for appendicitis, like Crohn's disease, gastritis, gall bladder problems, complications in the ovary and urinary tract infections; hence it is important that proper diagnosis is done on time and appendicitis is treated as fast as possible.

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