The appearance of a lump in the groin cannot be underestimated. In addition to causing discomfort, a lump in the groin also usually indicates the presence of certain diseases. Therefore, let’s recognize various diseases that can cause lumps in the groin.
Lumps in the groin have varying shapes and sizes. The number of lumps that appear can be only one or several at a time, and can be painful or not. The texture can be hard or soft.
The color of a lump in the groin can be the same as the color of the surrounding skin and can also be reddish or purplish. In addition, some lumps can also be accompanied by sores or rupture, causing an open wound.
Groin Lump Causes
There are several types of lumps in the groin, and each has a different symptom. The following are some of the causes of the appearance of lumps in the groin:
1. Swollen lymph nodes
Swollen lymph nodes or lymphadenopathy is the most common cause of lumps in the groin. Lymph nodes are usually swollen due to bacterial or viral infections, such as measles, tuberculosis, and mononucleosis.
In addition to infections, swollen lymph nodes in the groin can also arise due to injuries, autoimmune diseases, to cancer.
Lumps or swollen lymph nodes in the groin can also cause other symptoms, such as: Pain in the groin, Fever, Cold, Sore throat, Cold sweats at night.
Cysts are lumps formed due to the presence of pockets filled with tissue and fluid, such as blood or pus. Cysts can grow in any part of the body or skin area, including in the groin. Most cysts are benign or non-cancerous.
Small cysts often do not cause symptoms. But if the lump enlarges and presses on the surrounding organs or body parts, it can cause pain.
An abscess is a lump that contains a collection of pus formed from white blood cells, bacteria, and dead body tissue. Abscesses generally arise due to a bacterial infection.
Aside from the lump, symptoms that may appear are fever, redness, pain, and burning sensation in the area affected by the abscess.
Hernias occur when a portion of the intestine sticks out or comes out through the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Supposedly, the connective tissue and muscles are strong enough to hold the internal organs in order to remain in their respective positions. In hernias, the connective and muscular tissue weakens, so it cannot hold the position of organs in the abdominal cavity.
Types of hernias that cause lumps in the groin are inguinal hernias that are more common in men and femoral hernias that mostly affect women.
Lumps caused by a hernia can disappear when lying down. However, a lump can reappear when the sufferer laughs, coughs, or strains. In addition, the lump will feel pain when the sufferer lifts or carries heavy objects.
Hydrocele is a condition when the scrotum (sac of the testicles) swells due to the buildup of fluid in it. Generally, hydrocele occurs in newborn boys, but this condition can also be experienced by adult men.
Hydrocele in infants can disappear on their own without treatment when they are 1 year old. In adult men, this fluid buildup can make the scrotum feel heavier, cause discomfort, and swelling around the scrotum or in the groin.
However, this condition is generally harmless and painless.
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