Inguinal hernia is a medical condition which occurs when soft tissue from the lower abdomen juts out through a weak spot or a tear in the lower abdominal region.
The bulge occurs wherever there is an increase in intra abdominal pressure while lifting heavy weights or coughing. The condition can either be painless or extremely painful depending upon the organs which are involved.
The condition is more frequently observed in men compared to women and deteriorates if not managed immediately.
Symptoms Of Inguinal Hernia
Inguinal hernia develops due to increased abdominal pressure coupled with a presence of a weak spot in the anterior abdominal wall. Straining during passage of stools or urine, excessive coughing, lifting heavy weights, etc are some of the leading causes to develop inguinal hernia.
The symptoms of the condition depend upon the severity of the hernia and the duration for which it has been present. Occasionally, the condition may not present with any symptoms and diagnosis can be made only by inspection and clinical evaluation by the physician.
However some of the common symptoms associated with the condition include,
- Sensation of weakness and pressure in the abdominal region accompanied with pain and discomfort
- Appearance of a visible bulge on either side of the pubic bone which is associated with aching and burning in the region
- Sensation of heaviness in the scrotal region with pain and inflammation in and around the scrotum
Home Remedies For Inguinal Hernia
Severe cases of inguinal hernia need to be repaired surgically using laparoscopic technique; however mild to moderate inguinal hernia can be managed without any surgical intervention.
- Wear supportive garments like a truss to prevent the bulging. Avoid lifting heavy weights and avoid straining at stools or while urinating
- Ensure that the diet is high in fibers. Increase the intake of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole wheat, whole cereals and pulses. High fiber content in food reduces the possibility of constipation which in turn is beneficial for effective management of inguinal hernia
- Local application of ice packs on the bulge and lying down on the back can be helpful in aiding the recede of the prolapsed content and alleviate pain and swelling in the region
- Homeopathic drug Lycopodium taken in low potency repeated for several times in a day has been found to be beneficial in the management of the condition.
Inguinal Hernia Repair
In cases that are complicated or associated with severe pain inguinal hernia repair is recommended. The surgical intervention is also referred to as a keyhole surgery or a laparoscopic surgery which involves placing a mash in the affected region and thereby strengthening the abdominal wall and preventing prolapse abdominal content in the future.