Appendicitis causes pain in the navel area, which intensifies when pressure is applied. Rapid treatment is needed to prevent peritonitis.
Appendicitis always comes as a surprise, so it is important to identify the signs and causes quickly. If you wait too long without medical attention, it can be very dangerous as it can lead to peritonitis.
The most important signs are severe abdominal pain along with other, no less important symptoms, which we will describe below. In the event of sudden appendicitis, we should all be very knowledgeable about the symptoms and risks.
What is appendicitis?
The appendix is the sac-shaped beginning part of the large intestine that protrudes down into the abdominal cavity. If this becomes infected, pus can form in it and cause severe pain.
It is important to know that the appendix protrudes from the large intestine and is located in the lower abdominal area. The functions of the appendix are still unknown, but we know that if it becomes infected it can cause great discomfort.
If you have appendicitis, you feel a lot of pain, usually starting in the area of your belly button. Gradually the pain spreads to the lower abdomen to the right.
You can experience intense, excruciating pain for 12 to 18 hours, after which the situation worsens and becomes very dangerous.
Who can suffer from appendix?
Anyone – adults or young children – can have appendicitis, but the disease is most common in people between the ages of 10 and 30.
What are the signs?
Getting a correct diagnosis in a short amount of time is quite complicated, especially when it comes to children or older adults.
The symptoms differ from person to person and the course of the disease is very short, action must be taken as quickly as possible and errors must be ruled out. The patient’s life often depends on the diagnosis.
Symptoms usually increase as the disease progresses, some of the most common symptoms being:
- Pain in the navel area that shifts over time.
- Intense, excruciating pain to touch or pressure.
- Severe pain in the lower abdomen, especially on the right side.
- Increasing fever
- Loss of appetite
What are the causes of appendicitis?
There are various causes, often it is a blockage of the appendix due to food, stool or because of an infection. Appendicitis can also develop after gastritis.
Regardless of the cause, the bacteria multiply very quickly and so the sac-like appendix fills with pus and becomes inflamed. A life-threatening breakthrough can occur.
What kind of complications can arise?
If the inflammation is not treated quickly enough and properly, as we mentioned earlier, a breakout can occur and the infection can spread, which can cause life-threatening peritonitis.
Therefore, the inflamed appendix should be removed by surgery as soon as possible, before complications arise.
Further complications can result in fistulas, an abscess, or an infected wound.
How to quickly identify appendix pain
- Pain in the navel area, which then spreads to the right, lower side of the abdomen and becomes more and more unbearable and stronger and is even more intense with minimal pressure.
- High fever
- Vomiting or diarrhea with bleeding
- Hard stomach and chest or neck pain
- Burning sensation when urinating
If you experience these symptoms unexpectedly, you should go to the hospital immediately to avoid complications and to avoid risk that could be life-threatening.
This is not an exaggeration, it is a real situation. Many people have already paid for it with their life because they did not see a doctor in time.
Confusing appendicitis with digestive problems or temporary malaise can be dangerous.
If you try to alleviate these symptoms with tea, a breakthrough can occur, whereby other organs are infected and a mostly life-threatening peritonitis can develop.
There is no preventing appendicitis, but you can try to prevent all the complications that can arise if we do not see a doctor in time.
After reading this article, you will certainly not stay at home in peace if dur shows the signs and symptoms described.
You now understand the risks and know that it is best to see a doctor quickly, even if the doctor determines that it is not appendicitis.