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What is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix where it becomes swollen and filled with pus. It is a small finger-shaped pouch about 5-10 cm located on the right side of abdomen, connected to large intestine. The purpose of appendix is not yet known, however, studies suggest that it may host friendly bacteria that helps in digestion& fights infection. 

What causes Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is caused when the lining of appendix blocks and results in infection. The bacteria multiply at the site causing the appendix to become swollen, inflamed and filled with pus. If Appendicitis is not treated immediately, it can rupture. 

What are the symptoms of Appendicitis?

The most common symptoms of Appendicitis are:

  • Sudden severe pain that starts on the right side of lower abdomen
  • Sudden pain that starts around your naval and then moves to lower right abdomen
  • Pressing on the area, coughing and walking worsens the pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low grade fever with increases as the disease progresses
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Abdominal bloating 
How can Appendicitis be treated?

The treatment of Appendicitis usually involves surgical removal of the inflamed appendix. Your doctor may give you antibiotics before the surgery in order to prevent infection.