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Early Signs and Symptoms of Appendicitis, Causes and Home Remedies

Signs and symptoms of appendicitis: Even tiny things mean a lot as far as a life-threatening health condition is concerned. The appendix which is a useless, small, tiny pouch attached to the large intestine has an undisputed reputation to get inflamed at any point in life.

The inflamed appendix may cause many complications that we can’t even imagine and often need to remove by surgery. Although the appendix has been considered as a pointless vestigial organ, it is prone to painful inflammation.

Therefore it is better to know much more about this painful inflammation which is medically known as appendicitis. Stay with us to know more.

What is Appendicitis?

We are all aware of the appendix, which is a small pouch-like structure located on the right side of the abdomen joined with the colon. So appendicitis is a condition when the appendix inflates and gets filled with pus.

More precisely we can say that appendicitis occurs due to the obstruction of the hollow part of the appendix.

This obstruction can be due to a tumor formation inside the appendix or from any viral infection from parasites gallstone etc.

How appendicitis is diagnosed? Regardless of all the causes, it begins with a sign of illness and ends up with severe pain in the abdomen. This situation is usually accompanied by vomiting, chill sensation all over the body, appetite loss, and nausea. Proper diagnosis and surgery are needed within 24 hours to prevent infection. 

Signs and Symptoms of Appendicitis:

1. Abdominal Pain:

Where appendicitis pain is located? The most common signs and symptoms of appendicitis is abdominal pain. , the pain starts from the lower right belly or near the navel. It starts to travel downwards of your body.

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2. Loss of appetite:

Another sign of appendicitis is the loss of appetite.

3. Vomiting:

Vomiting and nausea is the second signs and symptoms of appendicitis after the belly pain starts.

4. Fever:

someone who is suffering from appendicitis will have a fever ranging from 100—103 degrees. This is accompanied by vomiting and severe abdominal pain.

5. Diarrhea:

The victim of appendicitis will suffer from diarrhoea along with the excretion of liquid stool about 4 to 5 times in a single day. A little amount of blood loss can also occur during excretion.

6. Chills:

The person suffering from appendicitis will feel chill all over his or her body. This is also one of the common signs and symptoms of appendicitis which one can easily detect in the early stage.

Appendicitis Causes:

1. Abdominal Trauma:

The most common and foremost cause of appendicitis is abdominal trauma. Basically, it’s an injury in the abdomen and the victim may feel pain, tenderness, bruising in the external region of the abdomen.

The situation gets worse, loss of blood, as well as infection, may occur. Emergency diagnosis requires ultrasonography and treatments involve abdominal surgery. It is only needed if the situation is worse.

2. Inflammatory Bowel Disease:

It is indeed a chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. It is a major cause of appendicitis and there are two types of inflammatory bowel disease which include:

a): Ulcerative colitis:

This type of inflammation lasts for a longer period. It also causes ulcers in the large intestine and rectum area.

b): Crohn’s disease:  

This type of inflammatory bowel disease is accompanied by the inflammation of the digestive tract; it can also spread throughout the affected tissues.

3):- Intestinal worms:

Intestinal worms like a flatworm, roundworm are another big cause of appendicitis. The blockage of the hollow part by the accumulation of these intestinal worms leads to this disorder.

4):-Tumours:

Another cause is abnormal cell division in the appendix region which leads to tumor formation and blocks the hollow side of the appendix and causing appendix.

5):-Enlargement of the lymphoid follicles can also lead to appendicitis.

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Tests for Appendicitis:

Doctors generally prefer some important test to make sure if the victim is truly suffering from appendicitis or not? Some of these tests are discussed below—

Blood Count:

The common test doctors generally prefer is blood count. They will just take a sample of blood and send it to the laboratory for inspection.

If your blood count is less or more than the normal range. Then it is positive for appendicitis.

Urine Test:

To see if you have a urinary tract infection or kidney stone as a key factor for your symptoms. Doctors will take a sample of your urine and send it for lab analysis.

Pelvic Examining:

In females, doctors can also perform a pelvic examination by manually examine the vagina, uterus, and other parts. They also take some tissue samples for analysis.

Abdominal X-ray or CT scan:

Ultrasonography or CT scan of the abdominal area is recommended to detect appendicitis.

Treatments for Appendicitis:

Being a harmful medicinal condition it is best to treat appendicitis by means of surgery and not depending on home remedies.

In case if the home remedies don’t work, your appendix can burst and infect the abdominal walls and other organs. So it causes another serious medical condition known as peritonitis.

So it is recommended that appendicitis must be cured through surgery, not with home remedies.

The surgery that doctors perform to treat appendicitis is known as appendectomy. It is nothing but a removal of the appendix from the victim’s body. 

If the appendix has ruptured before the infected fluids can be cleaned from the abdominal walls.

Appendectomy is nothing much complicated and those who performed it recovered quickly without any complications.

Appendectomy can also be of two types generally open appendectomy and laparoscopic appendectomy.

Laparoscopic Appendectomy:

This type of appendectomy is the best option for older adults and for people who are overweight. During this surgery, small cuts are made in your abdomen to insert a narrow tube known as Cannula.

It fills up your abdomen with CO2 gas, which helps the surgeon to have a clear vision of your appendix. Then into the inflated abdomen, a laparoscope will be inserted with the camera at the front.

The camera provides the pictures of the appendix which helps the surgeon to locate the appendix and remove it and tie it off with stitches.  It has low risk than open appendectomy and generally has a quick recovery time.

Open Appendectomy:

Doctors usually prefer this surgery when the appendix has been ruptured and the infection has reached to the other organs.

It includes an opening on the lower right side of the abdomen, removes the abdomen to clean the abdominal cavity, and closes it with stitches. Doctors also prefer it for people who had abdominal surgery in the past.

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Home Remedies for Appendicitis

1. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is regarded as the best option to reduce post-surgery pain. As apple cider vinegar has an anti-inflammatory nature it can reduce the pain easily and quickly.

Method:

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar along with warm water is enough for your relief. You should drink it as soon as the pain starts.

2. Green Tea:

Another magical drink is green tea which can reduce the pain to a great level. As it contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents which prevent the pain to increase further.

Method:

1 cup of green tea along with honey twice a day provides you with relief.

3. Garlic:

Garlic an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial herb not only reduces the pain but kills all the harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites from our body completely.

 Method:

Take 2-3 garlic cloves; crush it and in-digest along with water.  You can consume it when the pain starts and also in every morning when your stomach is empty for better health.

4. Castor Oil:

as castor oil contains one kind of acid known as Ricinoleic acid which has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Apply one tablespoon of castor oil in a flannel cloth and put it into the affected area for 10 minutes. Do this at least thrice a day.

5. Honey and Lemon Juice:

These two items are the best to boost up your health and can also prevent problems like constipation as well as appendectomy pain.

Method:

  • Take 1 tablespoon of honey and lemon juice.
  • Mix the two properly.
  • Now drink it with warm water to avoid the strong taste.
  • Drink it daily in the morning

6. Mint:

this smoothing herb is of great benefit to appendicitis patients. It gives you relief of gas.

Method:

  • Take 5-6 fresh mint leaves and a cup of boiling water along with 1 teaspoon of honey.
  • Immerse the mint leaves into the hot boiling water for 15 minutes.
  • Separate the leaves to get the pure liquid form and add honey to it.
  • Drink it twice a day to get the best result.

7. Ginger and Turmeric:

ginger is regarded as one of the most adaptable home remedies for appendectomy pain. With a sharp palate-cleansing taste, it can reduce your nausea immediately as well as pain.

On the other hand, turmeric also helps to reduce the pain and all kinds of inflammation.

Method:

Just take 1-inch ginger and a pinch of turmeric with honey to taste. Cut the ginger and add it with the turmeric powder and honey. Stir it well and ingest it. Take this as soon as you feel nauseous or pain.

8. Fenugreek Seeds:

This special type of seed has a positive effect over gastrointestinal and inflammation problems. This is because they contain huge varieties of antioxidants and antimicrobial compounds.

Method:—

  • 3 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.
  • A cup of water.
  • Add the seeds into the water and let it boil for 20 minutes.
  • Separate the seeds and drink the liquid.
  • Drink this once in a day.

9. Buttermilk:

Fluids are another source that can reduce your pain of post appendicitis surgery. One such fluid is buttermilk. It can be consumed in large quantities as it is light.

Buttermilk provides a great concoction of probiotics, which helps to fight the infection.

Method:

  • 1 litre of buttermilk and cool it in the refrigerator.
  • Consume it during the day.
  • Take these as soon as you feel the pain.

10. Baking Soda:

Baking soda is chemically known as sodium bicarbonate plays an active role in controlling pain with the help of its anti-inflammatory property.

Method:

  •  Take one and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and a glass of water.
  • Mix it well.
  • Drink this whenever you feel the pain.

To conclude the article it’s important to mention that proper diagnosis is the first necessary steps one should follow as abdominal pain and other signs may also occur due to other health issues.

Therefore do not ignore if you are experiencing such problems for several days. Sometimes ignorance to such health condition may increase complications. Stay healthy and fit always with small steps of awareness.

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Dr Maria

MD Board Certified physician 8 years of experience in health care Former Naturopath at UK Graduated from AIIMS – All India Institute Of Medical Science, INDIA

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