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Spotting the Signs of Appendicitis

Spotting the Signs of Appendicitis

Something that rarely crosses the minds of most people is the possibility of developing appendicitis. It’s relatively unlikely that anyone will suffer from it during their lifetime, although this varies for different demographics; teenage males are said to be the highest risk group. However, it is a dangerous condition that, if left untreated, can be fatal. When the appendix becomes inflamed, which can happen for any number of unknown reasons, it has a high chance of rupturing which can cause deadly internal infections.

That’s why it’s important to understand the signs and be cautious, especially if you’re a parent with young children. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, which may be mild or very intense. It usually presents itself around the belly button and typically within a day would spread to the lower right side of the body around where the appendix is located. Additional symptoms normally include a temperature, nausea, vomiting and being unable to eat or drink. A combination of most or all of these symptoms is likely to be an indication of appendicitis, but you must consult a healthcare professional immediately to be sure.

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