Appendicitis: All you need to know

Appendicitis: All you need to know

Appendicitis is a condition where an appendix becomes inflamed due to a blockage.

The appendix is a small pouch attached to the intestine, located in your lower-right abdomen.

When the appendix is blocked, bacteria can multiply inside.

Appendicitis pain often starts off as mild cramping in the upper abdomen and moves to the lower right side of the abdomen.

This leads to the formation of pus, swelling and painful pressure in your abdomen, thereby blocking the blood flow.

If left untreated, appendicitis can cause your appendix to burst and the bacteria to spill into your abdomen.

To prevent or manage complications, doctors will prescribe antibiotics, surgery or other treatments.