What are the causes of Inguinal Hernia

What are the causes of Inguinal Hernia?

Causes of Inguinal hernia

An inguinal hernia is common and usually has no apparent cause. But there are some particular factors that are believed to be contributing towards inguinal hernia:

  • Males are more prone to having an inguinal hernia than females.
  • Older people are also more at risk of having an inguinal hernia, as in old age, muscles weaken.
  • Being white also contributes to having an inguinal hernia.
  • Chronic cough can also cause an inguinal hernia, such as from smoking.
  • Chronic constipation can also lead to having an inguinal hernia as it causes straining during your bowel moments.
  • Being pregnant can also lead you to have an inguinal hernia as pregnancy can weaken the abdomen muscles and will increase the pressure inside the abdomen.
  • If your previous inguinal hernia has happened back in your childhood, even then you are still at risk of developing an inguinal hernia again.

Complications related to Inguinal Hernia

Following are the complications related to the inguinal hernia:

Pressure in surroundings due to inguinal hernia

  • Pressure on the surrounding tissues can happen due to the inguinal hernia if the inguinal hernia enlarges and doesn’t surgically get removed on time.

Inguinal hernia complications in men

  • In males, an inguinal hernia can enlarge towards scrotum and can cause there pain and swelling.

Incarcerated inguinal hernia

  • An incarcerated inguinal hernia occurs when the contents of the hernia become obstructed in a weak point in the abdominal wall; this can hinder the bowel movement leading to very chronic pain. It can also cause nausea, vomiting, and an inability to pass out gas and defecate.

Strangulation due to inguinal hernia

Strangulation can be triggered due to incarcerated hernia. An incarcerated hernia can cut off the blood flow to part of your intestine. And this strangulation then can lead to the death of the affected bowel tissue. This type of hernia can be fatal and should be surgically removed immediately.

Prevention from inguinal hernia

Inguinal hernia can be prevented in the following ways:

  • It is important to maintain a healthy weight, talk to a nutritionist or your physician, and get a customized diet plan for you.
  • Try to incorporate high fiber-containing food in your diet to avoid chronic constipation that can cause an inguinal hernia.
  • Be careful when lifting heavy objects. While you are lifting something, always bend your knees, never your waist.
  • Smoking, along with triggering many other health issues, also aggravates chronic cough that can lead to an inguinal hernia.