Is there anything that can be done to avoid appendicitis?
There is no way to avoid appendicitis, however, a diet high in fiber may prove beneficial. Appendicitis occurs less often in patients with a fiber-rich diet. Appendicitis is when the appendix which is a small 3.5 inch long tube attached to the large intestine, becomes inflamed. It can be due to an abscess, which is a pus filled enclosed structure, next to the appendix, or because it is blocked due to the presence of stool or another foreign body or due to cancer. If you have dull pain in the upper right abdomen and it becomes more sharp as you approach the lower right abdomen, abdominal swelling, nausea, vomiting, inabilitiy to pass gas and a fever, seek medical attention. If the appendix bursts, the infection may enter the abdominal cavity causing peritonitis. This requires antibiotic treatment. The treatment for appendicitis is the laproscopic removal of the infected organ.
Nobody knows exactly why appendicitis occure in some people. In the vast majority of people, appendix does not cause any problems. But sometimes, the appendix can be blocked by a fragment of food, by the fruit seeds, constipation, by a swelling of tissues, also by the parasites or bacteria that infect the appendix. Because of this obstruction, the appendix secretes mucus, which then turns into pus. Theoretically, at this point, the patient presents strong pains.
If the infected appendix is not surgically treated, the infection can lead to the breaking of the appendix. This fact leads to the spread of infection into the abdominal cavity, causing peritonitis. Peritonitis is a serious condition that requires emergency treatment.
Appendicitis occurs, most frequently, between the ages of 10 and 30 years, but it can occur anytime in life.