Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix, this is a finger shaped sac attached to the large intestine in the lower right hand part of the belly. An infected appendix sometimes bursts open causing peritonitis.
This is a dangerous condition which often require surgery. Make sure you seek medical attention or help with immediate effect.
Peritonitis is an acute, serious infection of the lining of the cavity or bag that holds the gut. It results when the appendix or another part of the gut burst or gets torn.
SIGNS OF APPENDICITIS
- The main sign is a steady pain in the belly that gets worse and worse.
- The pain often begins around the navel (belly button). But it soon moves to the lower side.
- There may be loss of appetite, vomiting, constipation or a mild fever.
TEST FOR APPENDICITIS OR PERITONITIS
- Slowly but forcefully press on the abdomen a little above the left groin until it hurts a little.
- Then quickly remove the hand.
- If a very sharp rebounding pain occurs when the hand is removed, there is a possibility that you have appendicitis or peritonitis.
- If no rebound pain occurs above the left groin, try the same test above the right groin.
APPENDICITIS OR PERITONITIS TREATMENT
- Make sure that you seek medical help immediately. If the condition is severe, take the person to the hospital where he or she can have surgery.
- Do not give anything by mouth and also do not give an enema. Only if the person begins to show signs of dehydration, give sips of water or re-hydration drink made with sugar and salt and nothing more.
- The person should rest very quietly in a half sitting position.
When peritonitis is advanced, the belly becomes hard like a board and the person feels great pain when his belly is touched evenly lightly. The person’s life is in danger ; take the person to a medical center immediately and on the way, give the person the following medicines recommended like ampicillin or penicillin.