Appendicitis

AppendicitisWhat is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is the inflammation of the vermiform appendix. The appendix is found at the end of the caecum, which is the first part of the colon. It looks like a worm, hence the name vermiform appendix. Its length is about 8 – 10 cm long, and it is made of a tough fibrous outer covering.

The function of the appendix is to neutralise the waste material that the body generates, or the organic poisons that are introduced through the skin.

 

What Causes Appendicitis?

Primarily, appendicitis is caused by toxic bowels. There is a lot of poisonous waste that gets accumulated in the Calcium. When this occurs, the appendix then gets irritated, as well as overworked, resulting to inflammation.

Other contributory factors that cause the inflammation of the appendix are:

  • Wrong feeding habits.
  • Habitual usage of apparent drugs
  • Germs that are present in the intestinal tract can also cause appendicitis

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Appendicitis

  • Pain in the abdomen. This is probably the foremost symptom that one could feel when one is suffering from appendicitis. The pain usually starts around the belly button area, then moves towards the lower right area.
  • Nausea. Once the appendix is inflamed, a person will most likely get nauseous.
  • Vomiting. People suffering from appendicitis usually vomit a lot.
  • Loss of appetite. One may not have the appetite to eat when suffering from appendicitis.
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Low fever. This would usually begin after the occurrence of other symptoms.
  • Patient may draw up the right leg to have some comfort.

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Appendicitis

There is no known way of preventing appendicitis from ever occurring, however, one could prevent the varying complications that may occur upon recognition of the above symptoms. If symptoms of appendicitis are obvious, then the following must be observed in order.

  • Put patient to bed immediately. At the first sign of severe pain, vomiting, as well as fever, patient must be able to rest. In treating appendicitis, rest is with utmost importance.
  • The patient must fast. This has been the only real cure for appendicitis. No food must be given to the patient while he or she is suffering from the condition. Absolutely nothing must be given to the patient except for water.
  • ½ litre of warm water enemia must be administered for the first three days on a daily basis in order to cleanse the lower bowel.
  • Painful area could be hot compressed.
  • Abdominal packs, which should be made from a strip of wet sheet and must be covered by dry flannel cloth, must be bound tightly on the abdominal area, and must be applied continuously until all symptoms fade.
  • If on the third day, the acute symptoms subside, an enema of 1 ½ litre of warm water must be applied. This should go on until the pain or the symptoms have ebbed.
  • From the third day onwards, the patient can be given fruit juices.
  • After taking fruit juices for three days, the patient could then eat an exclusively all-fruit diet. This must go on between 4 – 5 days. During these times, the patient could have 3 meals of juicy fruits in a day.
  • After the all-fruit diet, he could have a well balanced diet. The diet must consist of nuts and grains, vegetables, and fruits.

For Chronic Appendicitis

  • If the patient has chronic appendicitis, a full milk diet must follow a short fast. This diet must go on for two or three weeks. In this type of diet, on the first day, a glass of milk must be given every two hours. This should be done from 8 AM to 8 PM.
  • The next day, it must be every hour and a half.
  • The third day, it must be every hour
  • The succeeding day, the quantity of milk must increase, and the frequency must be every half hour.
  • After the full-milk diet, a well-balanced diet must be practiced. Take precaution however that shifting from one type of diet must be done gradually.
  • The well-balanced diet must comprise primarily of fresh fruits and vegetables. As much as possible, go for green leafy ones.

Other treatments

  • Vegetable juices. These have been known to be valuable treatment for appendicitis, most especially carrot juice. This could be combined with beet and cucumber juice.
  • Fenugreek tea. This helps in preventing the appendix from being made as the dumping ground of the intestine’s waste as well as excess mucus.
  • Constipation must be avoided. Steps to ensure that this does not occur must be taken.
  • Abdominal packs. This helps in relieving patients of the pain.
  • Hot fomentation. This helps in relieving the symptoms too.
  • Abdominal massage.
  • Surgical removal. This must be a last resort and should only be done if the appendix has already become abscessed.
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