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What is Hernia?

Hernia is a localized bulge in the abdomen that occurs when there is a weakness in the muscular wall. It is commonly found in the upper part of the stomach, bellybutton, and surgical scar. It is when..

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Hernia is a localized bulge in the abdomen that occurs when there is a weakness in the muscular wall. It is commonly found in the upper part of the stomach, bellybutton, and surgical scar. It is when fatty tissues or an organ protrudes and surrounds connective tissues or muscles, called fascia. This disease is common in overweight or aged people, who are inactive after abdominal surgery. Hernia is not always life-threatening, but it needs proper treatment because it does not go away on its own. It requires proper surgery to minimise complications.

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Hernia Symptoms
Hernia Symptoms

The most common symptom of hernia is a lump or bulge in the affected area. It is mostly felt on standing up. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain in the affected region (mainly the lower abdomen).
  • Weakness, a feeling of heaviness, or a pressure in the abdomen.
  • Gurgling.
  • Burning or aching near the abdomen.

Hernia causes
Hernia causes

Hernia is mainly caused by straining of weak muscles. It can take a while to develop or could also surface in a short period of time. Causes of muscle weakening include:

  • Picking heavy objects.
  • Constipation or diarrhoea.
  • Persistent sneezing or coughing.
  • Obesity and smoking.

 

Hernia Risks
Hernia Risks

The main risk factors of this disease include:

  • Heavy lifting.
  • Pregnancy (chronic).
  • Obesity.
  • Straining during bowel movements.

 

Hernia prevention ways
Hernia prevention ways

To prevent hernia, one should practice the following:

  • Avoid smoking.
  • Prevent a cough from becoming persistent.
  • Stay fit and healthy body.
  • Avoid straining during urination or bowel movement.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects.

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