Appendicitis is a common surgical emergency that occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. Symptoms include the loss of appetite, nausea and/or vomiting, acute pain in the lower right region of the abdomen, swelling, and fever. Treatment for appendicitis is usually removal surgery, though hospital monitoring and antibiotic drips are used for borderline cases. Oral antibiotics are generally prescribed to minimize the chance of contracting peritonitis. Traditional Chinese Medicine is also a treatment option, as is homoeopathy, acupuncture and nutrition therapy (which may be used to help prevent appendicitis from occurring).
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