Appendix is a small 3.5-inch sac-like structure which can be found where the small and large intestines meet. It is actually at the lower part of the abdomen. Researches have never found out why it is there, but the good thing is that you can live a normal life whether it is there or not.

It may be swollen, infected and blocked, further leading to appendicitis and this condition is considered an emergency which requires surgery so that it is being removed. If not prevented on time, it may perforate or burst, releasing bacteria in the abdominal cavity. It can be fatal unless being treated with very strong antibiotics.

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Dull pain in the upper abdominal area or near the bellybutton is the first symptom which you’ll encounter. As it moves further to the lower section in the abdomen, the pain gets sharper. Also, there is pain sometimes which is felt in the back as well as the rectum. There are some other symptoms and signs of appendicitis and they are:

  • Fever (99-102o F);
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Difficulty in passing gas;
  • Swelling of abdominal area;
  • Nausea and vomiting right after the dull or sharp pain is experienced;
  • Dysuria (painful urination);
  • Abdominal cramps;
  • Diarrhea or constipation.

If these symptoms are encountered, you have to seek a medical help and attention as prompt diagnosis and treatment are very significant.

Can appendicitis be prevented?

Medical experts say that there is no known way to prevent it, but your risk of suffering from it can be considerably reduced by incorporating certain foods in the diet, a well-balanced diet, so that the digestive tract is in a tip-top form. These foods can help you ward off the blockage or the infection of your appendix:

  • Fruits – diet high in fiber is an excellent way at reducing the chances of having appendicitis. Fiber helps in sweeping out all the impurities and fecal matter which may cause the appendix get blocked and end up swollen or infected. There are some fruits which contain superb amount of fiber are blueberries, raspberries, pears, apples, bananas, papaya, and mango. They also contain vitamins and minerals which help attain optimum health.
  • Vegetables – they are loaded in fibers which ensure the digestive tract be healthy. You can add lots of dark green leafy veggies in your diet as they are loaded in fiber, as well as peas, beans, potatoes, carrots and parsnips, and the cruciferous vegetables like kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mustard greens, arugula, radish, and broccoli as they neutralize the toxins in the gout, besides the fact that they are high in fiber.
  • Whole grains – if you want to keep your gut in an excellent condition, you have to incorporate whole grain foods into your diet. Due to the fact that more and more people are demanding for healthy food products, they are easier to find in the supermarkets. Make sure that you get sufficient amounts of any of the following: granola, oats, corn, amaranth, quinoa, wild rice, brown rice, pasta, whole grains bread, bulgur, and buckwheat.
  • Anti-inflammatory foods – some of the top anti-inflammatory foods are oily fish, olive oil, ginger, turmeric, garlic, onion and green tea.
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Appendix is a small 3.5-inch sac-like structure which can be found where the small and large intestines meet. It is actually at the lower part of the abdomen. Researches have never found out why it is there, but the good thing is that you can live a normal life...