Appendicitis is a severe medical condition when the appendix becomes inflamed or swollen due to blockage by fecal matter or a foreign body. This blockage may lead to bacterial growth that, if left untreated, can result in a potentially life-threatening condition known as peritonitis.
Learn more about the common signs of appendix inflammation and when to seek help.
5 Signs of Appendicitis
The signs of appendicitis can vary from person to person, but some of the most common symptoms to watch out for include:
- Abdominal Pain: It’s a sudden pain on the right side of the abdomen. It may worsen with pressure or movement. The pain usually starts around the navel and then moves to the lower side of the stomach.
- Nausea and Vomiting: People may feel nauseous or vomit due to an irritated digestive system.
- Loss of Appetite: A swollen appendix can cause a decreased desire to eat.
- Fever and Chills: Some patients may experience a low-grade fever, typically ranging from 99 F to 100.5
- Constipation or Diarrhea: Changes in bowel movements are also common. Some patients experience diarrhea or constipation.
How Can People Prevent Appendicitis?
A fiber-rich diet is a critical factor in promoting good health. For example, including high-fiber foods in your diet can help prevent appendicitis. Fiber can also aid in maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal system, promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation.
Including fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes in your diet can provide a good source of fiber. Read more on our BHealthy Blog:
Additionally, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and staying hydrated.
When should you seek medical care?
If you or someone else is experiencing symptoms of appendicitis, it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly. Diagnosis can be made through a physical examination, medical history assessment and imaging tests like ultrasound or CT scans. It’s important not to delay seeking medical help if you suspect appendicitis, as early treatment can help prevent complications. Take care of yourself and prioritize your health. Find a Baptist Health provider near you today.