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Appendicitis

appendix

This is the enlargement of the appendix which can happen anytime from infancy to old age.

What to look for

Loss of appetite high temperature constipation or diarrhea with gas. Blunt pain near the navel or the upper stomach that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen. This is usually the first sign. Also pain in the upper or lower back, right leg muscle and rectum vomiting painful urination nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins. Appendicitis is an enlargement of the appendix, which is narrow and tube like, it is joined to on end of the large intestine. However, no one really knows why it is there. Appendicitis is a medical emergency that demands immediate surgery to remove the appendix. If it is left untreated, an inflamed appendix will finally burst, or pierce, dispensing virus into the abdominal lining which may be fatal unless it is treated quickly.

Causes

Blockage may also be due to inflammation. Like other lymphoid tissue, the appendix swells in response to any infection in the body. As it enlarges, its opening gradually closes. This may be a blockage caused by a seed, pip or other foreign material becoming stuck in the appendix section. Appendicitis happens when the tube-shaped appendix becomes blocked, often by faecal material, a foreign body, or cancer.

With today’s highly developed western diets, food moves slowly down the intestines due to a lack of roughage. This slow movements causes blockages which may contribute to appendicitis.

Personal Care

 

Make sure you keep your wound clean. Apply the contents of a Vitamin E capsule to reduce scarring.

When to seek further professional advice

 

You have any of the symptoms mentioned above. Contact your Doctor immediately

Alternative/Natural Treatments

 

If you have appendicitis you need a doctor's care, but alternative therapies may be useful in preparing for or recovering from the operation. These include acupressure and homeopathy.

Traditional Treatment

 

Normal Surgery to remove the appendix, which is called an appendectomy, is the standard treatment for appendicitis.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17