Do you know the warning signs of appendicitis?
What is appendicitis, and how will you know if you have it?
Appendicitis is an acute infection and inflammation of the appendix and, if not treated, the appendix can burst. Symptoms can vary with the position of the appendix and age, among other factors.
“Symptoms include severe pain in your right lower abdomen that worsens with movement along with a sudden onset fever that worsens over the course of 12 to 18 hours,” says Dr. Crotteau. “In addition, nausea and a loss of appetite combined with the first two symptoms make your appendix the most likely problem.”
So as not to be confused with the “flu” or other potential stomach ailments, know that appendicitis does not cause respiratory symptoms. Nausea is commonly the only gastrointestinal symptom and is typically accompanied by severe abdominal pain due to inflammation of the appendix.
“If you are experiencing these symptoms and it’s extremely painful to move around, it’s time to get to the doctor,” says Dr. Crotteau.
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