Hernia is one of the most common, yet dangerous medical conditions. It refers to the formation of a bulge in the abdomen or groin. Due to the location of affected area, people are often hesitant to visit the doctor or talk to someone and tend to ignore it. However, a hernia doesn’t heal by itself and not ensuring timely treatment is only going to make it worse. With an aim to increase awareness and remove the taboo about the condition, doctors at Nayati Healthcare answer the most frequently asked questions about hernia:
What causes a hernia?
A tear in the abdominal muscle wall is the primary cause of hernia. Due to this opening, the inner lining sticks out similar to a torn vehicle tire. As the inner lining sticks out, it forms a pouch. In addition, the bulge felt by the person is a result of a loop of intestine entering the pouch via the wall tear.
Common causes of hernia include:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Persistent cough
- Heavy lifting
What are the symptoms of a hernia?
Experts at Nayati Healthcare state that in most of the cases, hernia looks like a small, painless swelling which disappears on lying down. However, if the bulge like swelling doesn’t go in after applying minor pressure and feels firm, it could be a complicated hernia. Other symptoms that a person is likely to experience include: