MT: Some of the Most Commons Symptoms of Groin Hernia

MD: What is a hernia in the groin? What are the symptoms of Groin Hernia? When should you visit a doctor?

A groin hernia is an abnormal condition that occurs when a part of the ileum or small intestines protrudes through the weak muscles in the abdomen. This type of hernia involves mainly soft tissues. Hernia in groin occurs among all ages. In new born babies, a groin hernia could result due to the weakness of the abdominal walls. This type of hernia results to bulging of a portion of the groin which is mostly very painful especially while bending. Coughing and sneezing or even lifting a slightly heavier object could also increase the pain. Groin hernia is not a condition that should be feared. But also it is an indication of a serious health condition hence must be taken seriously and repaired with immediate effect. Hernia in the groin occurs in two forms, that is, it can be mild or severe.  A mild groin hernia may disappear on its own without any medical attention from the doctor nor any home remedies. Severe groin hernia may occur for weeks, months or even years in some cases. It should be cleared as soon as possible.

What are the Symptoms of Groin Hernia?

As shared above, hernia in groin area could occur as minor or severe. A minor groin hernia does not show any symptoms nor signs. In fact it can clear without the patient ever realizing that he or she has this abnormal condition. A severe groin hernia causes very visible symptoms that can be seen by the naked eye. These symptoms are usually irritating hence creating a lot of discomfort to the patients. The most obvious symptoms for a groin hernia include a bulging which is commonly observed in the groins. The hernia mostly appears on one side of the pubic area. But in rare circumstance, the condition could occur on both sides of the pubic area. The bulge is more visible when the patient stands straight.

Other commons symptoms for a hernia groin include:

  • Extreme pain in the groin especially when the condition is severe.
  • Patients also experience some form of burning sensation in the groins.
  • The groins become weak.
  • Inflammations can also be observed in the around the testicles.

You can push the hernia back into the abdomen. Doctors advise that this activity should be carried out while lying down. You can also apply an ice pack at the affected region. This helps to ease the pain as well as the swelling in the affected region. Symptoms for groin hernia are not easily visible in babies.

When should you Visit a Doctor?

Pulled groin or hernia is not a life threatening condition. However it should be handled seriously and repaired as soon as it occurs. It the condition worsens, it could result to life threatening secondary conditions. Therefore ensure you visit your doctor when the pain is too much or when the condition is persistent.

Richard Mon is A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Richard loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. In his free time he writes articles about health.