What Is Appendicitis?

Appenditicis is an inflammation of the appendix. It’s a medical emergency that almost always requires surgery as soon as possible to remove the appendix. Luckily, you can live just fine without it.

What Are the Symptoms of Appendicitis?

The classic symptoms of appendicitis include:

Pain in your lower right belly or pain near your navel that moves lower. This is usually the first sign.

Loss of appetite

Nausea and vomiting soon after belly pain begins

Swollen belly       


Can’t pass gas, etc.



If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor right away. Timely diagnosis and treatment are important. Don’t eat, drink, or use any pain remedies, antacids, laxatives, or heating pads.

What Is the Treatment for Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is almost always treated as an emergency.  Surgery to remove the appendix, which is called an appendectomy, is the standard treatment for almost all cases of appendicitis.

Generally, if your doctor suspects that you have appendicitis, they will quickly remove it to avoid a rupture. If you have an abscess, you may get two procedures: one to drain the abscess of pus and fluid, and a later one to take out the appendix. Sometimes it can be treated with medicines. Your doctor will decide this.

Appendicitis Complications

Left untreated, an inflamed appendix will burst, spilling bacteria and debris into the abdominal cavity, the central part of your body that holds your liver, stomach, and intestines. This can lead to peritonitis, a serious inflammation of the abdominal cavity’s lining (the peritoneum). It can be deadly unless it is treated quickly with strong antibiotics.

Sometimes, an abscess forms outside an inflamed appendix.  Scar tissue then “walls off” the appendix from the rest of your organs. This keeps the infection from spreading. But an abscessed appendix can tear and lead to peritonitis.