Hernia-prevention and precaution.
A hernia is an opening or tear or rupture in the muscles covering the belly. This permits a loop of gut to push through and form a lump under the skin.
Hernias usually come from lifting something heavy or straining may be during childbirth. Some babies are born with a hernia. In men, hernias are common in the groin. Swollen lymph nodes may also cause lumps in the groin.
A hernia is usually located at the upper right hand side of the abdomen. You can feel it with a finger; and it gets bigger when you cough.
The lymph node is also located at the upper right hand side of the abdomen; a little above the hernia. Unlike the hernia that gets bigger when you cough, the lymph node do not get bigger when you cough.
HOW TO PREVENT A HERNIA
- Squat down before you lift any heavy object
- Do not bend when trying to lift a heavy object
WHEN HERNIA STARTS, ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS
- Try to press it back while lying down.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects.
- Treat a cough.
- Make a truss to hold the hernia in.
The truss presses against the groin and also make sure that you put a little cushion when putting on the truss.
If a hernia suddenly becomes large or painful. Try to make it go back by lying with the feet higher than the head and pressing gently on the bulge.
If it will not go back or the pain gets worse, with vomiting, the person not being able to have a bowel movement; Know that the hernia maybe strangulated and this is very dangerous. Make sure that you take the person to the hospital for an operation urgently in the meantime.