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"Could a hernia look like a pimple?"
it looks like a big zit
Thank you very much for your question. I suggest you make an appointment to see your doctor. Hernias are outpouchings of your abdominal wall due to a weakness in your transversalis fascia, the strength layer of your anterior abdominal wall. These do not typically look like pimples. Rather, they look like small, often soft, lumps or bumps that intermittently appear. Common places are along the front of your abdomen (called a ventral hernia) or in your groin (inguinal or femoral hernia). You are at higher risk of having a ventral hernia if you have had previous abdominal surgery. When hernias are soft and can be pushed back in to make the lump disappear, they are called reducible. As long as it is not causing you significant pain or discomfort, they are typically not dangerous. However, on occasion, abdominal contents can be trapped in the hernia defect. This is known as an incarcerated hernia. The danger of an incarcerated hernia is that the contents may lose their blood supply. This is a surgical emergency and would require an operation. Are you currently experiencing pain? Is the "pimple" or lump draining fluid? You may simply have an inflamed follicle. However, it is not possible to receive a diagnosis without being evaluated by a physician. Again, I suggest you make an appointment to see your doctor for a thorough evaluation.
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