If you’re searching for umbilical hernia symptoms in adults, I’ve got great news for you: There’s really only one symptom. Read on to find out what it is.

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In the age where a common complaint such as a sore throat could be a symptom of anything from a cold to throat cancer, it’s an anomaly to have a medical issue that only has one symptom listed.

However, for anyone wanting to find out about umbilical hernia symptoms in adults, you’re in luck—there’s only one symptom.

I scoured the internet thinking surely there must be other symptoms. But, all of this extra research has just reinforced the idea that there’s only one symptom you need to know about.

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Umbilical Hernia Symptoms in Adults

The one main sign of an umbilical hernia in an adult is… a bulge in or near your belly button area. This makes it super-easy to decide whether you think you have an umbilical hernia or not.

Do you have a bulge near your belly button?

Then, it’s probably an umbilical hernia. Identifying umbilical hernias is just that easy.

a pregnant woman with an umbilical hernia

Even if your bulge isn’t always present, it’s still a sign you could have an umbilical hernia.

For example, you might notice the bulge appears when you are standing or sitting up. Then, it might go away when you lay down on your back.

What’s important to know is that bulge at your belly button is your intestines.

What Is an Umbilical Hernia?

When your abdominal wall near your belly button thins or tears, it leaves a hole. It’s natural for your intestines to start to migrate toward and even push through the hole a little bit.

This is why, when you’re standing, your intestines kind of slip out of your body and why, when you lie down, they can slide back into the body cavity. Some people might have to gently encourage the intestines to slide back in, but this should be a very easy and gentle process.

In many cases, the umbilical hernia is neither painful nor inconvenient. It’s just simply odd, a visual reminder that something isn’t quite right in your belly button area.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Having Your Umbilical Hernia Repair with Mesh

How to Self-Check for an Umbilical Hernia

If you’re unsure of whether you have an umbilical hernia or not, you can always check yourself out. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Lie down on your back.
  2. Let your belly muscles completely relax.
  3. Use the tips of your pointer and middle fingers to feel around your belly button area. If you feel pain when you apply light pressure near your belly button, you need to see a doctor soon. If you had to push something back into your body to be able to feel in the center of your belly button, that was your intestines and you have an umbilical hernia.
  4. As you feel around your belly button area, pay attention to the muscle beneath the surface of your skin. You might be able to feel that the muscle thins out. Or, you might be able to feel a hole right near the middle of your belly button. If you feel a hole, that’s an umbilical hernia.
  5. You can measure your hernia hole by gently using your fingertips. For example, my hernia was about two and a half fingertips by two fingertips. Absolutely do not push or force your fingers to fit within your hernia!

Want a Video to Teach You How to Check to See If You Have an Umbilical Hernia?

Sometimes, it’s just easier to watch a video when you’re wanting to learn how to do something new. Check out this video to learn how to check to see if you have an umbilical hernia.

Seek Medical Care Immediately If…

According to Johns Hopkins, you should seek medical care immediately if you have:

  • abdominal pain and tenderness;
  • constipation;
  • fever;
  • full, round abdomen;
  • red, purple, dark or discolored bulge; and/or
  • vomiting.

These can all be symptoms of a strangulated umbilical hernia, which is what happens when your intestines become stuck in your hernia hole.

This is a particularly dangerous situation because it can mean you’re not getting enough blood flow to that section of your intestines. Without enough blood flow, the section of the intestines could become necrotic and have to be removed.

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About Sarah Stockett

Hi, I'm Sarah! After going through umbilical hernia repair, I recovered and used simple exercises to rebuild my abs so they're stronger than ever. Let me help you do the same.

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