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    Overview of Appendicitis
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      Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. The Appendix is a worm-shaped attachment that projects out from the top portion of the large intestine. The appendix measures no more than a few inches in length and resembles a thin tube. Sometimes, hardened mucus, food or stool may block the exit of the appendix. This may lead to a local infection and in response to this, an inflammation will appear. Though the organ as such is not vital for survival, failure to treat a condition like appendicitis is most likely to result in death.

      What Causes Appendicitis?

      The possible causes of Appendicitis are:

      Obstruction: When feces, any foreign object or a tumor blocks the appendix.

      Infection: Due to infection like gastrointestinal viral infection or some other inflammation.
      As a result of an obstruction or infection, some microorganism may invade rapidly causing the appendix to become inflamed resulting in pus formation.

      What Are the Types of Appendicitis?

      There are two basic types of Appendicitis, namely chronic and acute.

      Chronic Appendicitis: Is milder, rare and develops slowly. The symptoms are inconceivable and hence make diagnosis difficult. If diagnosed in time, surgery can be avoided and your physician may prescribe antibiotic medication.

      Acute Appendicitis: Is the most common cause of abdominal pain, common in children and teenagers. Develops fast and symptoms are clear and hence easier to diagnose. Your physician may recommend a surgery.

      What Are the Symptoms of Appendicitis?

      There are many varied symptoms, which may not be common for all appendicitis sufferers. Moreover, the symptoms may change for the same person over a period of time. The most general symptom of all appendicitis sufferers is the pain around the belly button. The location of the pain may vary with age and the position of the appendix. In addition to pain around the belly button, the afflicted individual may have one or more of the following.
      • Chills
      • Constipation
      • Diarrhea
      • Fever
      • Loss of appetite
      • Fatigue
      • Nausea
      • Shaking
      • Vomiting.
      • Difficulty to pass gas
      • Abdominal bloating.
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      What Are the Diagnosis & Tests for Appendicitis?

      If you suspect the symptoms are similar to appendicitis without further delay seek medical attention. Your physician will begin with a thorough examination of the abdomen. Certain questions to understand the signs and symptoms may be asked. Subsequently, if required the following tests will be recommended.

      Blood Test: To check if there is a white blood cell count that suggests an infection.

      Urine Test: To find if a urinary tract infection or kidney stone is causing the pain.

      Imaging Tests: X-ray or ultrasound to get images of internal organs and a CT for right diagnosis will be recommended.

      What Are the Treatments Available for Appendicitis?

      After due consideration and confirmation, your physician may perform a surgery, which is the only treatment for acute appendicitis. A traditional open surgery or a laparoscopic surgery will be performed to remove the appendix. This is necessary before any internal harm takes place and to prevent spreading of infection to the abdomen. The removal of the appendix does not in any way affect the vital functioning of the body. In cases, where the symptoms have been persistent for five days or more, immediate surgery may not be recommended as it can lead to other complications. Hence, certain antibiotic medications will be prescribed and if need be a surgery will be performed after couple of months.

      How Do You Cope Up with Appendicitis?

      You are not alone. In US 250000 cases of Appendicitis is reported annually. Use these tips to cope with pain that is very much part of appendicitis. Here are tips to use before and after appendicitis diagnosis and surgery.
      • Pay attention to the signs and symptoms of appendicitis.
      • Lie down on your back to ease the situation and stop further rupturing of internal organs.
      • Try to remain still. Refrain from coughing and sneezing as it can make the pain more severe.
      • Distract yourself. Watch TV or listen to music.
      • Try and learn breathing techniques, which can provide some relief till such time you, get medical attention.
      • Seek medical attention without postponing or trying self-care methods.
      • If surgery is suggested, do not panic.
      • Discuss with your physician and decide the time and day of surgery.
      • Check the pre-hospitalization and post-surgery hospitalization requirements.
      • Pack clothes and toiletries.
      • Follow physician’s instructions and follow them strictly.
      • Ask for specific diet restrictions, if any.
      • Take medications regularly.
      • Check the recommended rest period.
      • Never exert yourself during the rest period recommended.
      • Use this period to relax and rejuvenate.
      • Do all that you can do without exerting and gain happiness.

      What Are the Ways to Prevent Appendicitis?

      Till date, there aren’t ways that can help prevent appendicitis. However, understanding the symptoms and seeking medical attention without delay can help prevent further destruction to the internal organs and any other related complication.

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      Flagyl (Metronidazole), Metronidazole, Cipro (Ciprofloxacin), Ciprofloxacin, Principen (Ampicillin), Ampicillin, Levaquin (Levofloxacin), Levofloxacin

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      Self Care

      Here are few simple, effective appendicitis self-care tips to reduce further complication.
      • Lead a healthy life style
      • Eat a balanced diet
      • Include foods high in fiber and antioxidants
      • Follow a exercise regimen
      • Limit intake of alcohol/smoking.
      • Know your body.
      • Never do things, which cause discomfort.
      • Avoid self-medication.
      • Seek medication attention even if you have the least doubt
      • Learn relaxation techniques and practice when stressed.


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