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10 Signs and Symptoms of a Hernia

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A hernia can occur in any part of the body. However, the most common areas of the body inflicted are the inner groin (inguinal hernia), outer groin (femoral hernia) near the navel (umbilical hernia), upper abdomen (hiatal hernia), or at the site of a recent surgical scar (incisional hernia).

Hernias are lumps caused when a weakening of the muscle walls occur and fatty tissue squeezes through connective tissue. They most typically form when an internal organ (usually the bowel or bladder) or part of the intestine pushes out through the surrounding muscle. Ranging from mild to extremely painful when exposed, hernias usually go away when you press on them or lie down, but they can be aggravated by coughing or sneezing. If they don’t dissipate on their own, you may require surgery to prevent them from worsening.

Here are ten common signs and symptoms of a hernia…

1. Visible Lump

The first sign of a hernia will be swelling under the skin, which will likely turn into a visible lump. This notable protrusion may or may not cause pain at first, but it’s important when you notice a lump to go to your doctor as it may signify another type of abnormal growth or a cancerous tumor.

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