To protect yourself and that of loved ones, it is important to know the stages of appendicitis 

Stages of Appendicitis: 5 Key Signs You Have an Appendicitis

Appendicitis is a global disease that manifests itself differently on the African Continent than it does in other countries. Unfortunately, individuals with appendicitis in Africa have a higher mortality rate, due in part to the delays in seeking treatment.

To protect your health and the health of your loved ones, it is important to know the stages of appendicitis so you can seek medical treatment early. 

The Stages of Appendicitis

Your appendix sits at the junction of your small and large intestines and is about 4 inches long. Appendicitis is the disease that results if your appendix becomes inflamed.

The role of the appendix is unknown but if it becomes infected, and is not treated, it can burst and cause life-threatening infections. 

Symptoms of Appendicitis

The primary symptom of appendicitis is pain or tenderness. The pain is typically located in the center of the abdomen above the belly button. The pain gets worse when you move, take deep breaths, cough, or sneeze.

There are other symptoms of appendicitis but they only appear in approximately half of patients. It is important to seek out medical treatment if over the counter medications do not improve symptoms or if symptoms worsen significantly.

Some of these rarer symptoms include: nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, or the inability to pass gas, low-grade fever and chills, typically between 37° and 39° Celsius

Individuals may also experience stomach swelling/bloating and the urge to want to pass a stool but not being able to achieve relief.

As appendicitis progresses, the pain increases and is not able to be resolved, typically over the course of 4-5 days. 

Complications of Not Seeking Treatment

The pain is caused by an infection in the appendix, if not treated by a medical professional, your appendix may burst. The bacteria is then spread throughout your abdominal cavity.

This is a life-threatening condition. The bacteria can overtake vital organs and cause death.

Symptom Differences in Children and the Elderly

While children aged 10-19 have the highest risk of deloping appendicitis their pain is typically not localized to one area of their stomach. The pain will be significant. 

In older adults, the pain exists but tends to not be as severe. However, pain is typically associated with one of the previously mentioned symptoms.

If you experience severe stomach pain or pain in the lower right side of your body and it worsens, seek out medical treatment right away to prevent serious health complications.

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