For years, the medical world has been boggled by what really is the purpose of the extending pouch of the colon called Appendix. Recently, it has been used in surgical operations to anastomose intestines for whatever reasons. But, what happens when your appendix becomes inflamed? Your appendix is a thin tube located in your lower right abdomen. Appendicitis happens when your appendix becomes inflamed. There is no exact cause of appendicitis, but experts believe that it develops when part of the appendix becomes blocked. Many things can block your appendix, these include a hardened stool, enlarged lymphoid follicles, intestinal worms, traumatic injury, or tumors. When your appendix becomes blocked, bacteria can multiply inside it. This can lead to the formation of pus and swelling, which can cause painful pressure in your abdomen. If left untreated, you could develop an abscess or ruptured appendix. This can cause bacteria to spill into your abdominal cavity, which can be serious and sometimes fatal.
Appendicitis is common among people between the ages of 10 and 30 years and having a history may also increase your risk especially if you are a man. Symptoms may vary and they can include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal swelling, pain in the upper and lower right part of your abdomen, and poor appetite.
Appendicitis is considered a medical emergency. When the appendix has ruptured, it may lead to a serious, deadly infection. For this reason, in almost all situations, your healthcare provider will advise you to have surgery to remove your appendix. Normally, your recovery from an appendectomy will only last for few days if your appendix has not burst. If your appendix has burst, expect that your recovery time will be longer, and you will need to take some medications such as antibiotics.
Appendicitis can be a life-threatening condition and may require immediate medical attention. So, when you have unusual abdominal pain, at once, have yourself checked at the hospital. You’ll never know how serious it is already. Don’t wait to let the condition ruin your health and your pocket or worse endanger your life. Submit for a medical check-up. Better be sure. Nevertheless, with or without your appendix, you can still live a normal life.
PNFP-ZDN Rowence Zorilla, RND