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Causes And Symptoms Of Appendicitis

Appendicitis occurs when a person's appendix has become inflamed and it could be chronic or severe.

Appendicitis is however, the most common cause of abdominal pain which often leads to surgery. If it is not treated, appendicitis can result to an individual's appendix bursting. This can also lead to bacteria spilling into the abdominal cavity, which can be severe and dangerous.

Symptoms of appendicitis

If you have developed appendicitis, you could be suffering from one or more of the following symptoms:

●     Pain in your upper abdomen or around your bellybutton

●     Pain in the lower right side of your abdomen

●     Loss of appetite

●     Indigestion

●     Nausea

●     Vomiting

●     Diarrhea

●     Constipation

●     Abdominal swelling

●     Inability to pass gas

●     Low grade fever

However, pain caused by appendicitis could begin as mild cramps. It usually becomes more stable and serious after some time. It can start in your upper abdomen or navel area, before going to the lower right quadrant of your abdomen.

Also, if you are experiencing constipation, and you suspect that you might have developed appendicitis, ensure you stop taking laxatives or using an enema. These treatments can cause your appendix to burst.

Seek medical attention from your doctor or medical consultant if you have tenderness in the right side of your abdomen along with any other symptoms of appendicitis.

Causes of appendicitis

In a lot of situations, the definite cause of appendicitis is not known. Researchers believe it develops when some part of the appendix becomes blocked or obstructed.

A lot of things can possibly block your appendix and they include the following:

●     A buildup of hardened stool

●     Enlarged lymphoid follicles

●     Intestinal worms

●     Traumatic injury

●     Tumors

If your appendix becomes obstructed, bacteria can be multiplied in it. This can result to pus and swelling being formed and this can cause painful pressure in your abdomen.

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