First of all, appendicitis is an inflammation in appendix (a junction of the small intestine and large intestine). What causes appendicitis? Since appendicitis attack, there must be many questions about it. Even there are many myths that believed by people about food consumption.

Appendix Definition

Appendix lies at the junction of small and large intestine. It is a tube with four inches long. If you look at your abdomen, appendix sits in lower right abdomen.

The function of appendix is remained unknown till today. One of the theory explained that appendix has some functions, such as:

  • Storehouse for good bacteria: the bacteria help digesting system or absorb the nutrition
  • “rebooting” digestive system after diarrhea illnesses

Other experts believe that the appendix is just a useless remnant from human evolution. So appendix removal surgery causes no harm for health.

What is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis = Appendix Inflammation

It is a big question, what causes appendicitis? Appendicitis often becomes inflamed, infected, and rupture for unclear reasons. This condition is very painful, and severe pain felt in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen. The symptoms are also confusing because it leads the patient nausea and vomiting as same as other degestive system diseases.

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What Causes Appendicitis?

Still, the main cause for appendicitis is unknown. There are also been multiple causes for one case of appendicitis; such as like:

1. Obstruction

Doctors believe that an obstruction in the appendix may cause inflamed appendix. There are two type of intestine obstruction; partial and complete obstruction. Complete obstruction is a dangerous obstruction. It needs immediate surgery.

Obstruction in intestine system is often occurred due to an accumulation of fecal matter. Beside that, it can also be the result of:

  • Enlarged lymphoid follicles
  • Worms
  • Trauma
  • Tumors.

Once the obstruction location is in your appendix, bacteria can multiply inside the appendix. This circumstance leads to the pus formation. The inflammation can be painful. The inflammation can also compress the local blood vessels, and it can disturb blood flow to the appendix. Then the appendix becomes gangrene.

One of the medical emergency in appendicitis is appendix ruptures. The fecal matter can fill the abdomen cavity.

Peritonitis is another possible consequence of a ruptured appendix. Peritoneal is abdomen wall, the infection toward peritoneal can occur. The appendicitis rupture affects other organ inside the abdomen cavity such as cecum, bladder, and sigmoid colon.

The infected appendix leaks inside the abdomen cavity can form an abscess.


What Causes An Appendix Infection? Bacteria, fungi, and parasites can result in infection. The infection leads to the swelling of the appendix wall tissue. The common microorganism that cause appendicitis are include Yersinia species, adenovirus, cytoemgalovirus, actinomycosis, Mycobacteria species, Histoplasma species, Schistosoma species, pinworms, and Strongylides sterocoralis.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease is a chronic inflammatory disease. The inflammation of this disease is in digestive tract. The cause and symptoms of Crohn’s Disease is similar with appendicitis. But it is quite different. The causes of Crohn’s Disease are like immune system problems, genetics, and environmental factors.

Chron’s Disease Cause Appendicitis?

Referring to Crohn’s Disease Etiology or Causes, Crohn’s Disease is caused by:

Immune System

Scientist have linked immune system problem to Crohn’s Disease. Generally, the immune system defend the body from harmful microbes such as bacteria, virus, fungi, and other foreign substance. The unique one of our immune system, the immune system doesn’t usually respond to all microbes. It is because there are many good microbes, especially for digestion. And the immune system leaves them alone.

If there is an invader that needs to be eliminated by our immune system, our body will defend and attack the invaders. This reaction causes inflammation. The inflammation consist of many things such as immune system cells, chemicals, and fluids flood to the infection site. After the substance has been disabled or removed, then the immune system respond ends.

For some reason, people with Crohn’s disease have overactive immune system reaction. The immune system may be defending the body against helpful microbes by mistake. Or in another case, the immune system cannot stop. Overtime, this chronic inflammation in the digestive system can lead to appendicitis, ulcer, and other disease to the intestines.

What Causes Anorexia In Appendicitis?

Perhaps it is a common question. But there is only few thing known why appendicitis causes anorexia in certain people. Anorexia includes nausea and vomiting. Nausea is uneasiness of the stomach that often comes before vomiting. Vomiting is a result of voluntary or involuntary emptying of stomach contents though the mouth.

Nausea and vomiting in appendicitis is caused by intense appendicitis.

Another cause of anorexia (nausea and vomit) in appendicitis is caused by physical stress, including appendicitis. The gas of stomach increase during physical stress, then the stomach full of gas. This condition causes symptoms such as nausea and vomit. Patient will be difficult to eat because they have no appetite.

What Causes Appendicitis In A Child or Babies?

In another case, especially appendicitis in a child is different. In many children, physicians are unable to identify the exact cause of appendicitis in a child. However, some possible causes for this condition include:


Just like in adult, appendicitis occurs in children because of the intestine obstruction. Usually, the appendix is blocked by a microorganism, trauma, worms, tumors, cancer, or even a hard piece of stool (fecolith). When the appendix is obstructed completely by something, intestinal bacteria infect and grow within the appendix easily.

Body Infection

Children body infection could affect appendix. Whenever there are some infections in the body, the appendix tends to swell up or inflamed. Sometime, the body infection causes lymph node inflammation in intestinal lymph and block the appendix. And the most common infection that cause appendicitis in children is parasites infections.

What Causes Appendicitis During Pregnancy?

One another question is what causes appendicitis during pregnancy? During pregnancy is the most frequent reason for women to perform surgery in pregnancy. About 1,500 pregnant women need appendectomy during pregnancy.

The biggest problem in pregnancy women, appendicitis is difficult to be diagnosed because of body changes. It is easy to diagnose in first to second trimesters. Appendicitis in pregnancy is very dangerous because of the complication such as perforation of the appendix.

If the perforation occurred, it will be dangerous for the fetus and the labor rates are increased, upward of 36 percents. You are pregnant or not, appendicitis can strike anyone, anytime. The main cause of appendectomy during pregnancy is just same, such as:

Infection: a stomach infection such as chronic gastritis could make its way to the appendix. Leading to appendicitis.

Obstruction: the big problem for pregnant women is constipation. Constipationor hard stool can get stuck in the appendix. Then the appendix infection could be occurred.

What Causes Appendicitis In Elderly?

Elderly is normal process of life. All of people will get old. Yet elderly often got intestinal disease, including appendicitis. What causes appendicitis in elderly?

It is because of the intestinal system decrease in elderly. The intestinal tend to move slowly, in result the foods inside it stay long and constipation occurred. Just like what we knew that the constipation condition leads to appendicitis.

What Food Causes Appendicitis?

Food sometime or even often blamed for appendicitis. If you love spicy foods usually feel disheartened when you told that these can cause appendicitis. In fact, eating spicy foods cannot cause appendicitis and it cannot make appendicitis burst.foods cause appendicitis

It is possible for a piece of spicy food to cause an obstruction in the appendix, once more it is not spiciness of the food that can lead to this condition.

The truth is eating spicy foods like hot papers or chili affect your digestion system. It causes discomfort and mimic the early signs of appendicitis. Sometime we cannot distinguish that symptoms like nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain are sign and symptoms of appendicitis. However, the spicy foods causes those sign and symptoms.

Other foods such as fruits and plant seeds, or other residuals are sometime blamed for appendicitis. Because of this reason, people get confuse to consume them.

Recent study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine said that the risk of these materials causing appendicitis is very minimal. Even if those material possible to block the appendix, the researchers advise you to digesting and chewing fruit and plant seeds well.

So to answer the question above, there are NO FOODS that can cause appendicitis. The foods just have possibility to block the appendix, not cause the appendicitis.