An Overview Of Inguinal Hernia


An inguinal hernia is a type of hernia that occurs when tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the
muscles present in the abdominal region of a person. The bulge from the hernia can be painful,
especially when you bend over to lift some heavy objects. But, many hernias do not result in pain. An
inguinal hernia is not necessarily dangerous. However, experts in our low income health clinic opine that
inguinal hernias will not improve on their own and can cause problems that can be life-threatening for
the patient. Your healthcare provider is likely to recommend surgery to fix a hernia that is enlarging or

Symptoms Of Inguinal Hernia

Shared below are the common symptoms of inguinal hernia.
 A burning sensation in the bulge
 Pain in your groin.
 Occasional swelling and pain around your testicles. This can happen when the protruding
intestine descends into your scrotum.
 A pubic bulge that can be especially obvious when you stand up.

Signs Of Trouble

If you are unable to push the hernia in, its contents can get trapped in the abdominal wall. When an
incarcerated hernia is strangulated, blood flow to the trapped tissue can be cut off, which can prove life-
threatening when proper treatment is not provided. Some of the most common signs of a strangulated
hernia are:
 Unexplained fever
 Vomiting and nausea
 Sudden pain that intensifies quickly
 Inability to pass gas or move your bowels
 The hernia turning purple, black or red

Causes Of Inguinal Hernia

Some inguinal hernias might not have any apparent cause. Some others can occur due to:
 Increased pressure in the abdominal area
 Straining during urination or bowel movement
 Pregnancy
 Chronic sneezing or coughing

When Should You See A Doctor?

If you are suffering from an inguinal hernia and the hernia turns purple, red or black, or if you find any
signs of a hernia that is strangulated, you need to seek immediate medical care from an affordable
health clinic in your area. Also, you should see a medical professional if you find a noticeable or painful
bulge on either side of your pubic bone or your groin. The bulge can be more noticeable when you are

upright and you will be able to feel the bulge when you put your hand directly over the area that is
The treatment of inguinal hernia can vary depending on the type of hernia and the sex of the patient. If
you wish to know more about different types of hernias and their treatment options, you can visit one
of our affordable health clinics.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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