Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a 3 1/2-inch-long tube of tissue that extends from the large intestine.
Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment. Left untreated, an inflamed appendix will eventually burst, or perforate, spilling infectious materials into the abdominal cavity. This can lead to peritonitis, a serious inflammation of the abdominal cavity's lining (the peritoneum) that can be fatal unless it is treated quickly.
Sometimes a pus-filled abscess (infection that is walled off from the rest of the body) forms outside the inflamed appendix. Scar tissue then "walls off" the appendix from the rest of the abdomen, preventing infection from spreading.
Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes blocked, often by stool, a foreign body, or cancer. Blockage may also occur from infection, since the appendix swells in response to any infection in the body.
Symptoms:Pain in the abdomen (tummy pain) is usually the main symptom. Commonly, the pain starts in the middle of the abdomen. The pain normally develops quickly, over an hour or so. Over the next few hours the pain typically travels to the lower right-hand side of the abdomen. This is over where the appendix normally lies.
Typically the pain becomes worse and worse over 6-24 hours. The pain may become severe. The pain tends to be sharper if you cough or make any jarring movements. The pain may ease a bit if you pull your knees up towards your chest. The lower abdomen is usually tender, particularly in the lower right-hand side.
Other symptoms that may occur include the following.
- Feeling sick and being off food is typical. You may vomit.
- Fever and generally feeling unwell.
- Constipation may occur. Sometimes diarrhoea.
- Frequent passing of urine may develop. This is thought to be due to the inflammation irritating the nearby ureter (the tube between the kidney and bladder).
If the appendix perforates (bursts) then severe pain can spread to the entire abdomen. You also become very ill.
- Peritonitis :
If the appendix ruptures and releases the infection into the abdomen the patient may develop peritonitis. The peritoneum will become inflamed. The peritoneum is the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and covers most of the abdominal organs. Peritonitis causes the bowels to shut down - bowel movements will stop and the bowel will become blocked. The patient will develop a fever and could go into shock. Peritonitis requires urgent treatment.
- Abscess :
If the infection seeps out of the appendix and mixes with intestinal contents, it may form an abscess. If the abscess is not treated it can cause peritonitis. Sometimes abscesses are treated with antibiotics. Often they are surgically drained with the aid of a tube which is placed into the abdomen.
Homeopathy can help you avoid unnecessary operation with symptomatic treatment. Usually, the first episode will subside within a week, but the patient may have residual, persistent symptoms even after relief. Each and every symptom of the patient will be treated in Homeopathy with careful analysis for complete cure. Homeopathic treatment at bodhin can provide lifetime solutions by curing it completely if treatment is taken properly.
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