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How does illness affect a hernia?

Chronic illness that affects the muscles and abdominal organs can affect a hernia. A congenital condition that weakens the muscles can cause opening in the abdominal muscle wall. An illness that causes frequent coughing or vomiting can affect the abdominal wall in similar ways. Treating a chronic illness or viral infection is an important way to prevent it from causing the hernia to grow painful, larger, or incarcerated.

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