What is it?
Inguinal hernia appear as a swelling or lump in your groin, or as an enlarged scrotum (the small bag containing the testicles). The swelling may be painful. The lump often appears when you’re lifting something and disappears when you lie down. An inguinal hernia usually occurs when fatty tissue or a part of your bowel, such as the intestine, pokes through into your groin at the top of your inner thigh. It pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle wall (the abdominal wall) into an area called the inguinal canal.
What are the symptoms?
Inguinal hernias are most noticeable by their appearance. They cause bulges along the pubic or groin area that can appear to increase in size when you stand up or cough. This type of hernia may be painful or sensitive to the touch. Other symptoms may include: * pain when coughing, exercising, or bending over * burning sensations * sharp pain * a heavy or full sensation in the groin * swelling of the scrotum in men
- Take a high fiber diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains to avoid constipation.
- Use ice or a cold compress to numb any pain
- Ensure you get enough rest
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Wear looser clothes to avoid irritation of the affected area
- Quit smoking cigarettes.
- Avoid heavy lifting.
- Avoiding putting pressure or heat on the affected area.
Things to watch out for
See your GP if you think you have a hernia. They may refer you to hospital for surgical treatment, if necessary. You should go to the emergency department (ED) of your nearest hospital immediately if you have a hernia and you develop any of the following symptoms: sudden & severe pain, vomiting, difficulty passing stools (constipation) or wind, the hernia becomes firm or tender, or can’t be pushed back in.