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The potential symptoms and signs of Inguinal hernia entail:
- A bulge is looming large in the area on either side of your pubic bone that comes more obvious when you are upright, especially if you cough or strain
- You feel a burning or aching sensation at the bulge
- You feel pain or discomfort in the region of your groin, especially when you bend over, cough or lift
- A heavy or dragging sensation is felt in the area of your groin
- There is a feeling of pressure or weakness in your groin
- Occasionally, pain and swelling are felt around the region of testicles when your protruding intestine descends into the scrotum
Signs and symptoms of Inguinal hernia in children
An inguinal hernia is to be found in infants and children from the result of a weakness in the abdominal wall, which is present at
birth. Occasionally, the hernia can be found only when a newborn is crying, coughing or straining during a bowel movement.
He/she might feel irritated and have less appetite than normal.
In a comparative older child, a hernia is likely to be more apparent when the child coughs, strains during a bowel movement, or
persists for a long time.
Signs of the problem
If you are not capable enough to push your hernia in, the contents of the hernia may be trapped or incarcerated in the
abdominal wall. An incarcerated hernia can become strangulated, which cuts off the supply of blood supply flow to the tissue that is
trapped. A strangulated hernia can be life-threatening if it is left untreated for a long time.
Signs and symptoms of a strangulated hernia:
- Nausea, vomiting or both at a time
- Sudden pain that quickly intensifies
- A hernia bulge that turns red, purple or dark
- Inability to move your bowels or pass gas
You should see your doctor
- If a hernia bulge turns red, purple, or dark
- If you notice any other sign or symptom of a strangulated hernia
- If you have pain or noticeable bulge in your groin area or either side of your pubic bone
- If the bulge is likely to be more apparent when you are standing
- If you put your hand directly over the affected area. This you can feel it
Causes of This Problem
- Increased pressure within the abdomen
- A pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
- Straining during bowel movements or urination
- Strenuous activity
- Chronic coughing or sneezing
In many people, the abdominal wall weakness that leads to an inguinal hernia occurs at birth when the abdominal lining
(peritoneum) doesn’t close properly. Other inguinal hernias develop later in life when muscles weaken or deteriorate due to aging,
strenuous physical activity, or coughing through the habit of constant smoking. Weaknesses can also occur in the abdominal wall
later in life, especially after an injury or abdominal surgery.
In men, the weak spot usually occurs in the inguinal canal, where the spermatic cord enters the scrotum. In women, the inguinal
canal carries a ligament that helps hold the uterus in place, and hernias sometimes occur where connective tissue from the uterus
attaches to the tissue surrounding the pubic bone.