WHAT IS APPENDICITIS?
Appendicitis refers to the inflammation of the appendix organ that looks like a finger-shaped pouch which is attached to the colon and is located on the right side of the abdomen. The appendix does not have a function and anyone can live without it.
When the problem of appendicitis occurs then the first thing that usually happens is a pain in the lower abdomen of the body of a person. Generally, the pain first starts from the point of naval and then gradually moves around. As the inflammation of the appendix organ worsens, the appendicitis pain starts increasing and becomes acute in the later stage.
This problem of appendicitis can happen to anyone regardless of age and gender but it mostly happens to people between the age group of 10 to 30 years. If the pain worsens to a stage of becoming severe then surgery is carried out to remove the appendix.
WHEN DOES APPENDICITIS HAPPEN?
The reason why appendicitis happens is due to the obstruction in the large intestinal part because of which the appendix gets infected. In other words, the appendix gets blocked and hampers the body which ends up being painful.
Usually, the cause of the appendicitis is not known. Nobody knows where this problem starts. In some cases, it is because of faeces getting into the appendix that is located near where the transition of the faeces takes place from a liquid to a solid, causing bacteria to multiply. The bacteria multiply rapidly, causing the appendix to become inflamed, swollen and gets filled with pus. If the appendicitis is not treated immediately then it can be ruptured.
The problem of appendicitis usually happens several hours after the obstruction of the large intestine. One should not wait for the pain to become severe and unbearable. Medical action should be taken when the symptoms of appendicitis are noted. The earlier one gets it treated the better is for the person. If a patient gets treated within the 12 hours, then that person will be in and out of the hospital within a day.
HEALTH COMPLICATIONS OF APPENDICITIS
We all know that when the appendicitis is ignored or when prompt medical action is not taken then it could lead to complications with respect to the appendicitis problem such as mentioned below:
A Ruptured Appendix - A rupture of the appendix spreads the infection throughout the abdomen. This ruptured appendix could be life-threatening in nature and hence, it is required that immediate surgery should take place that removes the appendix and cleans the abdominal cavity.
Forming Pus in The Abdomen - If the appendix bursts, one may develop an infection. In most cases, the infection is cleared when a surgeon places a tube for a period of two weeks in the abdominal wall along with the dosage of antibiotics to clear the infection. Once the infection is clear, there will be surgery to remove the appendix.
SYMPTOMS OF APPENDICITIS
One should be careful of the following symptoms for appendicitis:
Fever - Fever and chills are also symptoms of appendicitis, however, people may mistake it to be a common fever. So if someone is having fever along with severe stomach ache, then it is better to get it checked to confirm whether it is the case of appendicitis or not. Sometimes people may assume this to be food poisoning as well.
Diarrhoea or Constipation - This symptom can again be confusing as it may seem like any other stomach infection. But if one observes diarrhea consisting of large amounts of mucus and continuing for more than 2-3 days then it is definitely a case of appendicitis and not some stomach infection.
Feeling pain when releasing the belly - When one holds the stomach, pressing it slightly and then releasing it and if one feels the pain, then that the pain is most likely to be because of appendicitis. However, one should not continue to press the belly and instead should rush to the doctor immediately.
Pain discontinuing is not a good sign - In general, if the pain recedes, we think that everything is fine. In appendicitis though, this usually occurs when the appendix is ruptured. You should rush to the doctor in case this happens.
Hence, this is what appendicitis is all about and how one should take care of the symptoms and the complications of appendicitis in their body. If someone is facing appendicitis, then do not wait longer and immediately rush to your nearest RG Stone Hospital where the team of medical doctors and staff will guide you properly for the immediate course of medical action. There are laparoscopic or minimally invasive treatments for appendicitis and RG Stone Hospital is one of the best hospitals spread across India in major metropolitan cities.