By: Kyle Huesmann
What is the appendix?
The appendix is a small pouch shaped like a small finger. It is on the right side of the abdomen, connected to the colon.
What causes Appendicitis?
- Infection - a stomach infection may have found its way to the appendix.
- Obstruction - a bacteria clog.
What are some symptoms of appendicitis?
- Dull pain near the navel or the upper abdomen.
- Loss of appetite.
- Nausea or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins.
- Abdominal swelling.
- Fever of 99-102 degrees Fahrenheit.
What treatments are there for appendicitis?
Surgery to remove the appendix is the only treatment. If the surgery is put off long enough then the appendix may burst. Surgery to remove the appendix is called and appendectomy.
How to prevent appedicitis.
There is no real prevention, but medical researchers say that eating fresh fruits and veggietables will lower your risk of having appendicitis.