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There are various symptoms of appendicitis in adult women, ranging from pain in the lower right abdomen, nausea, vomiting, to fever. However, sometimes the symptoms of appendicitis in women can be similar to other conditions, such as ectopic pregnancy and menstrual pain
The appendix is part of the large intestine. It is shaped like a small, thin pouch, with a size of about 5–10cm. When the appendix becomes blocked, this can trigger the bacteria in it to multiply, causing the appendix to swell and become inflamed. This condition is known as appendicitis or appendicitis.
Appendicitis can occur at any age, from children, teenagers, to adults. Even so, the symptoms of appendicitis in adults are not always the same as those experienced by children and adolescents.
Various Symptoms of Appendicitis in Adult Women
The symptoms of appendicitis in adult women usually begin with a sudden onset of pain around the navel. This pain can disappear instantly, then reappear in a few minutes.
Besides that, there are also several other signs that should be suspected as symptoms of appendicitis in adult women, including:
1. Lower right abdominal pain
Pain in the lower right abdomen is a typical symptom of appendicitis. These symptoms can appear within a few hours after you experience abdominal pain around the belly button.Usually the stomach pain will get worse when you move, sneeze, cough, take a deep breath, or press your stomach.
If appendicitis occurs in women whose appendix is located behind the large intestine, the symptoms may include pain in the lower back or pelvic pain.
2. Nausea and vomiting
Women who suffer from appendicitis often experience nausea and vomiting. These symptoms usually appear after complaints of lower right abdominal pain. The appearance of these symptoms indicates a blockage or intestinal obstruction due to inflammation in the appendix.
Because of feeling nauseous and vomiting, women who are suffering from appendicitis may also have a lack of appetite or don't want to eat at all. This is at risk of causing dehydration.
3. Constipation or diarrhea
Not only nausea and vomiting, some women with appendicitis can also experience constipation or diarrhea. The appearance of these symptoms is sometimes accompanied by difficulty passing gas and flatulence.
Fever is one of the symptoms of appendicitis in adult women that is important to watch out for. This condition occurs because the immune system is trying to fight a bacterial infection in the appendix. However, sometimes the symptoms of fever and pain due to appendicitis in women can be similar to those of a urinary tract infection.
If you experience appendicitis symptoms as above, it is recommended to immediately consult a doctor. This is because appendicitis can be a serious, potentially life-threatening condition.
If not treated immediately, the inflamed appendix can rupture and cause sepsis or spread of infection to the lining of the abdominal wall (peritonitis). The risk of appendicitis rupture will increase after 2-3 days from the onset of the initial symptoms of appendicitis.
Generally, severe or complicated appendicitis needs to be treated as soon as possible by surgical removal of the appendix (appendectomy).Meanwhile, in mild cases of appendicitis, treatment without surgery or with antibiotics may still be considered.
It is important to remember, sometimes the symptoms of appendicitis in adult women can be similar to other diseases, such as ectopic pregnancy, painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea), pelvic inflammation, and endometriosis.
Therefore, don't underestimate the appearance of appendicitis symptoms. Immediately see a doctor so that you can undergo an examination and get the right treatment. The sooner appendicitis symptoms are detected and treated, the lower your risk of developing dangerous appendicitis complications.