Common Causes of Appendicitis
An appendicitis occurs when the appendix, a small pouch-like organ attached to the intestine, becomes inflamed. It often occurs to a blockage within it. Sometimes this is an acute condition requiring immediate help to avoid the appendix bursting. Other times, it’s chronic and can see the inflammation coming and going over a period of time.
What Causes an Appendicitis?
The exact cause of this condition isn’t fully understood, though researchers believe it occurs when there’s an obstruction, or blockage, to a portion of the appendix. There are various appendicitis causes for that blocking such as a buildup of very hard stool or a traumatic injury. In some situations, it may be due to enlarged lymphoid follicles, tumor growth, or intestinal worms.
Anyone can suffer from this condition, but it is more common in those who are in their teens or 20s. It occurs more commonly in males than females and a family history of it could indicate you’re at a higher risk, too.
Appendicitis Symptoms to Watch For
The most common appendicitis symptoms include:
· Sudden onset of pain in the upper abdomen area or near the bellybutton, that then moves to the lower right quadrant of the abdomen.
· Intense pain that wakes you up from sleeping.
· Pain that gets work when you cough of move quickly.
· Tends to worsen quickly often within a few hours of onset.
A person may also experience a loss of appetite, nausea, swelling in the area, and indigestion. A low-grade fever may also occur.
The best appendicitis treatment depends on the condition and its severity. In some situations, it may be necessary to drain the abscess that’s formed, which may be done through a surgical procedure. IV fluids, a liquid diet, and pain relievers may also be used in mild cases. Many times, your doctor will put you on antibiotics and, in some situations, a surgical procedure called an appendectomy will occur. This is the process of surgically removing the appendix.
You’ll likely need rest and plenty of fluids to ensure you remain hydrated. Most people will need to avoid lifting objects for a period of time after the procedure.
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