What are the symptoms of an inguinal hernia?

Symptoms of inguinal hernias include a bulging in the lower abdomen near the groin. In boys, the bulging can extend down into the scrotum. In girls, the bulging can extend down into the labia majora. Inguinal hernias can slip in and out, so they may not be apparent at all times.

The major symptom of an inguinal hernia is a bulge in the groin.

Symptoms of inguinal hernia are as follows:

A small bulge in one or both sides of the groin that may increase in size and disappear when lying down; in males, it can present as a swollen or enlarged scrotum. Discomfort or sharp pain-especially when straining, lifting, or exercising-that improves when resting. A feeling of weakness or pressure in the groin. A burning, gurgling, or aching feeling at the bulge.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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