The onset of appendicitis is usually marked by a low-grade fever and an aching pain that begins around the belly button, and slowly creeps over to the lower right abdomen. Any movement, even coughing or sneezing, can cause the pain to sharpen. This is often accompanied by bloating, loss of appetite, nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins.
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, which is a pouch-shaped organ attached to the large intestine. The organ has no vital function. But, if the appendix becomes inflamed, immediate treatment is required. There are a few common symptoms of appendicitis, which you should not ignore.
1. Abdominal Pain
The typical symptom of appendicitis is abdominal pain, often on the right side.1 And it gets worse over time. The pain begins near your belly button and then moves lower and to your right abdomen. Any movement makes the pain severe, even a cough or sneeze will make it bad.
2. Low-Grade Fever
The onset of appendicitis results in a mild fever under 100 degrees.2 Also, there is a chance of having chills. As the illness progresses, your fever will also intensify.
Even a stomach infection can cause nausea and vomiting. But, consult a doctor if they persist for more than a couple of days along with abdominal pain. The appendicitis can also cause your appetite to decrease.
4. Abdominal Bloating
It is normal to feel bloated after a weekend party. However, prolonged bloating can be a sign of appendicitis and need attention. If it occurs along with other telltale signs like abdominal pain and fever, make sure that you see a doctor.
5. Constipation Or Diarrhea
These symptoms may start after you have already experienced abdominal pain. But, this may not be as severe as your abdominal pain.
It can be life threatening if the appendix bursts. Hence, seek immediate medical help if you suffer from these symptoms. Do not take medication without consulting doctors, as it may cause your appendix to rupture.
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