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Dealing with appendicitis (inflamed appendix)

Dealing with appendicitis (inflamed appendix)

Appendicitis can often be mistaken for a normal stomach ache. Here is some more information about this condition. Read carefully about its symptoms and treatments so that you can take necessary steps to prevent risk.

Stomach aches are part of every childhood. In most cases, they are associated with indigestion, irregular bowel movements, overeating, etc. These conditions can be cleared up with mild medication or will go away on its own after some time. Occasionally, a stomach ache may accompany other symptoms if your child is suffering from a food or water-borne disease like dysentery, jaundice, etc.
Appendicitis is another cause of stomach aches. Although it is extremely rare, this condition causes the most worry among parents. This is because it requires immediate medical attention. Therefore, it becomes necessary to know what its symptoms are. This way you can seek timely medical intervention for your child.

What is appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a term given to an inflamed appendix. The appendix is a small organ present in the lower right side of the abdomen. It is attached to the large intestine and has an opening to the intestine, from its interiors. It has a finger-like appearance and is said to be a storage area for some beneficial intestinal bacteria.
Sometimes, undigested food matter may block the opening of the appendix. When this happens, the appendix begins to get filled with the mucous produced by the bacteria living in it, which is unable to find its way to the large intestine. As more and more mucous accumulates, the appendix begins to swell up and become distended. This puts pressure on the blood vessels in the appendix, cutting off normal blood floor. It 'starves' the appendix of nutrients, which causes the appendix tissue to decay. At this stage, the appendix is inflamed.
If this problem is not treated, the appendix tissue continues to decay. At this time, bacteria and mucous will begin to push its way out of the appendix. The increased pressure causes the appendix to burst, releasing its decaying contents into the entire abdominal cavity. If left untreated, the inflammation spreads to the abdominal cavity, and then, to the rest of the body. Ultimately, it results in death.

What are its symptoms?

Appendicitis can strike an individual at any age though it is most common in people between the ages of eleven and twenty. In very rare cases, an infant may be affected. Appendicitis is not a hereditary condition either. However, some medical studies have demonstrated an increased incidence of appendicitis among male children whose family members have experienced the same condition earlier.
The most common symptom of appendicitis is stomach ache. However, the abdominal pain is confined to the area around the navel or in the lower right side of the abdomen. The pain also differs from other stomach aches, as it is not constant. The pain will usually come on and off. The intensity of the pain also ranges from a dull ache to a sharp, shooting pain.
In cases of appendicitis, the stomach ache is accompanied by a fever. This is because the body is trying to fight the infection. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, mild diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting. The affected individual may also urinate frequently or experience strong urges to do so. If the sufferer is an infant, a swollen or bloated stomach may also accompany the above symptoms.

What are the treatment options?

If appendicitis is not treated at an early stage, it leads to bursting of the inflamed appendix within 72 hours of the first symptoms appearing. Appendicitis is often difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of most stomach related ailments. If a doctor suspects appendicitis, he will check the abdomen to determine the source of the pain. He will also order an X-ray of the chest and abdomen to check if the inflammation is spreading.
Once appendicitis is confirmed, the only way to treat it is by removing the inflamed appendix. This is via a surgery called as appendectomy. The patient is not allowed to consume any food or liquids before the surgery and is fed by means of an intravenous drip. Surgery involves making a small incision in the abdomen and removing the inflamed appendix. The surgical procedure and recovery time requires hospitalisation for two to three days.
Appendicitis cannot be prevented. However, the key to minimising its devastating effects is vigilance. If you suspect your child could be suffering from appendicitis, it is better to take her to hospital so that it can be checked out.



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Maans
Maans.8 years ago
is it possible to prevent appendicitis and are there any natural cures for this?
 
 
 
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shaveta singh
shaveta singh.8 years ago
how is it able to detect appendicitis in a small kid as they can never explain the pain.
 
 
 
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Rajveer
Rajveer.8 years ago
nice information.....keep it going
 
 
 
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