Symptoms of an
inguinal hernia may include:
- A bulge in the
scrotum. The bulge may appear gradually over a period
of several weeks or months, or it may form suddenly after you have been lifting
heavy weights, coughing, bending, straining, or laughing. Many hernias flatten
when you lie down.
- Groin discomfort or pain. The discomfort may be
worse when you bend or lift. Although you may have pain or discomfort in the
scrotum, many hernias do not cause any pain.
You may have sudden pain, nausea, and vomiting if part of
the intestine becomes trapped (strangulated) in the hernia.
Other symptoms of a hernia include:
- Heaviness, swelling, and a tugging or burning
sensation in the area of the hernia, scrotum, or inner thigh. Males may have a
swollen scrotum, and females may have a bulge in the large fold of skin (labia)
surrounding the vagina.
- Discomfort and aching that are relieved
only when you lie down. This is often the case as the hernia grows
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Hernia symptoms in children
In infants, a hernia
may bulge when the child cries or moves around.
hernias, in which part of the intestine becomes trapped in the hernia, are more
common in infants and children than in adults. They can cause nausea and
vomiting. An infant with a strangulated hernia may cry and refuse to eat.
Strangulated hernias need treatment with surgery as soon as possible.
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