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How to Recognize the Symptoms of Appendicitis

Appendicitis occurs when your appendix becomes inflamed and fills with pus. Watch out for the symptoms.


  • Step 1: Know that pain may vary Know that pain may vary depending on the person’s age, and the position of the appendix.
  • TIP: Pregnant woman and young children may experience pain in different places.
  • Step 2: Know that pain will occur near navel Know that pain typically starts around your navel and then shifts to your right abdomen.
  • Step 3: Know that pain can worsen Be aware that pain may get worse if you walk, cough, or move.
  • Step 4: Recognize loss of appetite, nausea, swelling, and fever Recognize as symptoms a loss of appetite, nausea, swelling of the abdominal area, and a high fever.
  • Step 5: Recognize diarrhea, painful urination, and constipation Be aware that diarrhea with gas, painful urination, and constipation can occur.
  • Step 6: Contact a doctor Contact a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms -- you may have appendicitis.
  • FACT: Appendicitis will usually occur when a person is between the ages of 10 and 30.

You Will Need

  • Pain in your abdomen
  • Increasing discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Swelling
  • Fever
  • Difficult evacuation
  • Doctor

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