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Appendicitis | Symptoms Of Appendicitis Causes Of Appendix Pain


Pharmacist Abraham, discusses Appendicitis. Symptoms Of Appendicitis, Appendix Symptoms, Pain. Causes Of Appendicitis, Surgery, Treatment, Test and Lots More.


In this weeks video we’re looking at the Symptoms Of Appendicitis Causes Of Appendix Pain. This video consists of the current information on the Symptoms Of Appendicitis Causes Of Appendix Pain.


VIDEO BREAKDOWN:

00:00​ Appendicitis | Symptoms Of Appendicitis Causes Of Appendix Pain

00:38 What Is The Appendix

01:38 What Is Appendicitis or Appendix Pain and Causes

02:26 Symptoms Of Appendicitis Causes Of Appendix Pain

03:26 Appendicitis Diagnosis Test - When To Seek Medical Advice

05:23 Appendicitis Treatment and Surgery

06:13 The Danger Of Appendicitis And Appendix Pain

07:24 When To Seek Medical Advice


WHAT IS APPENDICITIS:

Appendicitis is a painful swelling of the appendix. The appendix is a small, thin pouch about 5 to 10cm (2 to 4 inches) long. It's connected to the large intestine, where poo forms.


Nobody knows exactly what the appendix does, but removing it is not harmful.


SYMPTOMS OF APPENDICITIS:

Appendicitis typically starts with a pain in the middle of your tummy (abdomen) that may come and go.


Within hours, the pain travels to the lower right-hand side, where the appendix usually lies, and becomes constant and severe.


Pressing on this area, coughing or walking may make the pain worse.


You may lose your appetite, feel sick and have constipation or diarrhoea.


For more information on Appendicitis: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/appendicitis/


APPENDICITIS CAUSES:

It's not clear what causes appendicitis. In many cases it may be that something blocks the entrance of the appendix.


For example, it could become blocked by a small piece of poo, or an upper respiratory tract infection could cause the lymph node within the wall of the bowel to become swollen.


If the obstruction causes inflammation and swelling, it could lead to increased pressure within the appendix, which may then burst.


As the causes of appendicitis are not fully understood, there's no guaranteed way of preventing it.


Appendicitis is a common condition. In England, around 50,000 people are admitted to hospital with appendicitis each year.


You can get appendicitis at any age, but it usually affects young people aged between 10 and 20 years.


WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE:

if you have abdominal pain that's gradually getting worse, contact a GP or your local out-of-hours service immediately.


If these options are not available, call NHS 111 for advice.


Call 999 to ask for an ambulance if you have pain that suddenly gets worse and spreads across your abdomen, or if your pain temporarily improves before getting worse again.


If your pain eases for a while but then gets worse, your appendix may have burst, which can lead to life-threatening complications.


Read more about diagnosing appendicitis and complications of appendicitis: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/appendicitis/




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Disclaimer:

This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.


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