A 19-year-old female asked:
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i have symptoms of minor appendicitis. would it be safe to put a hot towel against my appendix?

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
No: See your doctor. Rupture of the appendix can lead to peritonitis. Serious abdominal infection that requires urgent surgery.
Answered on Sep 20, 2017
Dr. Jessica Khan
31 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Appendicitis is an emergency. It would need to be removed right away to prevent the infection from spreading - symptoms start at abdominal pain, nausea and fever that gradually worsen over time. You may not be able to pass gas or have bowel movement because your intestines respond to the inflammation by shutting down. If you are having these symptoms, you need to consult at the er immediately.
Answered on Mar 11, 2013

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