Medical Minute – Sponsored by Abilene Regional Medical Center

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Hernia Awareness Month

Abilene Regional Medical Center Wants to Educate the Public

Do you or someone you know suffer from a hernia? Are you aware of the symptoms and telltale signs of this painful and potentially dangerous condition? More importantly, do you know what you can do to treat them if they arise? June is Hernia Awareness Month, and brushing up on hernia basics is an important part of self-care. This summer, don’t let a hernia keep you on the couch and out of the sunshine.

A hernia occurs when part of an internal organ or body part protrudes through an opening into another area where it ordinarily should not be located. There are many different types of hernias, but the most common is when a portion of the intestine protrudes through a weak area in the muscular wall of the abdomen. This causes an abnormal bulge under the skin of the abdomen, usually near the groin or the navel. Some hernias can cause twinges of pain or a pulling sensation, but most do not cause pain. Hernias are usually easier to see with coughing or straining. Although not all hernias need to be operated on, hernias that cause symptoms or that become larger should be repaired by a surgeon. See your doctor if you have a painful or noticeable bulge in your groin on either side of your pubic bone. The bulge is likely to be more noticeable when you’re standing, and you usually can feel it if you put your hand directly over the affected area. Seek immediate medical care if a hernia bulge turns red, purple or dark.

To find a physician, call 325-428-4636

HEAT STROKE

Summer is here, and so is the Texas heat! In hot temperatures your body may be unable to properly cool itself, leading to serious health problems. Do you know the signs of a heat stroke? Symptoms to watch for are:

  • high body temperature, above 103
  • hot, red, dry skin – no sweating!
  • fast, strong pulse
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • confusion
  • passing out

If you see any of these signs, get medical help IMMEDIATELY!

You can beat the heat by:

  • Drinking water often. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
  • Wearing light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoiding unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.
  • If possible, stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day. If you must got outside dress properly and take breaks often.