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How to know whether it is appendicitis or gas?

Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. It can feel very similar to gas. However, unlike gas, appendicitis is an emergency requiring immediate medical care. Most people with appendicitis feel varying levels of sharp cramping or pain in the lower right abdomen, depending on how serious the inflammation is. Excess gas, or flatulence, can build up in the digestive tract and cause discomfort, excessive gas, and pain anywhere in the abdomen. Appendicitis, especially when undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to serious complications. A person should speak to a doctor about unexplained abdominal pain, digestive symptoms, or excessive or chronic gas. Anyone who thinks that they or someone else may have appendicitis or associated complications should seek emergency medical care immediately. Most people with appendicitis require surgery, or appendectomy, to remove the appendix and repair any surrounding tissue or organ damage. Prompt surgery reduces the risk of appendix rupture and other complications. A surgeon will usually perform appendectomy using one of two procedures: open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Most people with temporary mild-to-moderate abdominal pain have gas or symptoms of indigestion. However, appendicitis is the most common cause of severe abdominal pain requiring surgery, and at least 5% of people in the United States develop it at some point in their lives. A person should talk to a doctor about any minor symptoms they have. If any moderate-to-severe symptoms of appendicitis occur, a person should seek emergency medical care to prevent the risk of serious complications. Most people recover well if they receive a diagnosis and treatment early enough.(Credits: www.medicalnewstoday.com)

Know about anal warts

Anal warts do not always cause symptoms. A person may notice small bumps and growths around the area, as well as some bleeding. HPV causes anal warts, and there are many strains of the virus.According to the CDC, an estimated 90% of anal warts occur due to HPV types 6 or 11. These strains can also cause warts on other areas, including the nose, eyes, and mouth. The CDC also note that scientists associate the HPV strains 16, 18, 31, 33, and 35 with lesions that may become cancerous. In most cases, people develop anal warts as a result of having receptive anal intercourse with someone who has HPV. The virus can also transmit and cause anal warts through hand-to-anal contact or the anal area being exposed to someone’s bodily fluids that contain the virus. People with weakened immune systems, including those with HIV, are more vulnerable to infections. They may therefore have a higher risk of contracting HPV if they are exposed to the virus. A person with HIV may wish to speak with a doctor about ways to reduce their HPV risk. This may include attending regular screenings. To keep the virus that causes anal warts from passing on: Avoid sexual contact with people who have active anal or genital warts. Use condoms or other barrier methods during sexual intercourse. This is not a guaranteed way to prevent HPV transmission, but it can reduce the risk. Ask a doctor about the HPV vaccine. It can protect against the strains of HPV that cause most cases of genital warts and those that cause cancer. There is no cure for HPV, and the virus can remain in the body for life. Therefore, it is important to use the prevention strategies above.(Credits: www.medicalnewstoday.com)