This is the Inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a small, blind pouch attached to the large intestine. When the opening of the appendix becomes blocked, there is swelling of the appendix, thus, allowing bacteria to grow and causing infection of the appendix. The appendix has no function in the human body.
Causes/ Risk factors
Appendicitis is often caused by obstruction of the lumen of the appendix by;
- Proliferation of lymphoid tissue (common in children)
- Faecal stasis due to low fibre diet.
- Faecoliths (calcified faecal material)
- Foreign body
- Nausea/ vomiting
- Abdominal pain ( usually starts around the navel, then moves to the right lower side )
- Fever (may be absent)
Your doctor would ask you some questions and perform a physical examination on you. You may be asked to do an Ultrasound scan and some blood investigations.
AT HOME -There is no home remedy or over the counter medication for appendicitis. The appendix may rupture and cause complications if left untreated. Visit the nearest hospital or your healthcare provider.
HOSPITAL CARE – Treatment is by surgical removal of the appendix. Antibiotics may be given also.