Appendicitis is the inflammation of the appendix that is most usually due to an obstruction or an infection. The appendix is a small finer-shaped part of the large intestine that is located on the lower right side of the abdomen. The condition is the cause of most emergency abdominal surgeries. It most often affects people between 10 and 30 years of age.
Appendicitis is usually accompanied by noticeable symptoms that include a loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, pain that begins around the navel then moves down and to the right side of the abdomen. The pain may get worse when you move, take deep breaths, cough, sneeze or when you are touched in that area. There may also be a change in bowel movements, including diarrhea, passing gas or an inability to have a bowel movement. There may also be frequent urination or difficult or painful urination. A low fever begins after the other symptoms.
In some cases there may be no symptoms until the very late stages of the condition. The first you may know about it is an excruciating pain in the abdomen, which may indicate peritonitis, a very serious condition. In this case the emergency services should be called immediately.
The problem usually occurs after a digestive tract infection or when a tube that connected the large intestine and the appendix is blocked by food or feces.
If untreated, appendicitis can cause the appendix to rupture, which can lead to infection of the peritoneal cavity and even death. Because of the nature of the ailment, herbal remedies will mostly be used to help you recover from an appendectomy rather than treating the appendicitis itself.