What Is Inguinal Hernia and What Causes It?

What is inguinal hernia and what causes it?

An inguinal hernia occurs in the abdomen near the groin area. They develop when fatty or intestinal tissues push through a weakness in the abdominal wall near the right or left inguinal canal. The resulting bulge can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.

There isn’t one cause for this type of hernia. However, some inguinal hernias might occur as a result of:

  • A combination of increased pressure within the abdomen and a pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
  • A pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
  • Chronic coughing or sneezing
  • Increased pressure within the abdomen
  • Straining during bowel movements or urination
  • Strenuous activity
  • Pregnancy
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