Frequently Asked Questions

What is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis may be the cause of pain that starts close to the navel and spreads to the lower right side of the abdomen. When the infection progresses, the pain frequently gets worse until it is finally intolerable.

What are the causes of Appendicitis?

The exact cause is often unclear. Appendicitis is caused by an obstruction or blockage of part of the appendix, which can happen for a number of reasons

  • Stones- Appendix stone.
  • Cancer of the appendix- carcinoid tumors or adenocarcinoma.
  • Constipation- Hardened stools may block the appendix’s opening.
  • Infection on digestive tract- Enlarged walls of the appendix.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Ingestion of a foreign body.
  • Appendix infection: Pus-filled appendix swelling.
  • Serious injury to the abdomen.
What are the symptoms of Appendicitis?

There could be some such symptoms very common among appendicitis patients, like:

  • Pain that starts close to the belly button, descends, and moves to the right.
  • Severe and sudden abdominal pain that gets worse quickly and may even startle you up from sleep.
  • Pain that aggravates with movement, deep breathing, coughing, or sneezing.
  • May have a fever of 99-102 F.
How to prevent Appendicitis?

Appendicitis cannot be completely avoided. But, consuming a diet high in fiber may help reduce the risk of getting it.

  • Appendicitis is less frequent in people who consume high-fiber diets.
  • Food that contains high fiber content like fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, etc. may help.
  • Daily fiber supplement may also be recommended.
  • Regular exercise.
  • Good amount of fluid intake.
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