• When to see a doctor for a hernia

    A hernia is a structural abnormality that occurs when a body part protrudes through the surrounding tissue. For example, a hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pushes up into the chest. Hernias can occur in other parts of the body, such as the thigh or groin. If you have been diagnosed with a hernia or you have been experiencing troublesome symptoms, you can count on the surgery team at MountainView Hospital.

    When to consult your doctor about a hernia

    As a general rule of thumb, patients should always feel free to consult their doctors if any abnormal symptoms develop. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a general surgeon at MountainView Hospital explain what you can expect during a consultation regarding hernias.

    You can consult your doctor if you experience any potential signs of a hernia. You may notice a bulge or lump under the skin, which you might be able to gently massage back in place. Other signs and symptoms can vary depending on the hernia’s location.

    • Pain or discomfort in the area

    • Pain that worsens with activity like lifting heavy objects

    • Heartburn

    • Chest pain

    • Difficulty swallowing

    • Enlarged scrotum in men and boys

    • Pulling sensation that affects the groin

    Lifestyle changes may help relieve symptoms in some cases, but surgery is the only way to fix the underlying problem. You might not need surgery right away if your symptoms are not severe.

    When to seek emergency care for a hernia

    If the pain worsens or complications develop, you might need surgery right away. It’s possible for a hernia to grow larger, get stuck in the hole it is protruding through, and cut off the blood supply. Doctors call this strangulation.

    Strangulation of a hernia requires emergency surgery . It may be indicated by these symptoms:

    • Failure to have bowel movements

    • Nausea and vomiting

    • Worsening pain and swelling at the affected area

    MountainView Hospital is committed to maintaining the highest standards of surgical excellence. Our hospital in Las Vegas offers patient-centered, compassionate emergency care and robotic surgery within a supportive setting. Call 911 for emergency care or call a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021 for general healthcare information.

  • Assessing the Severity of a Skin Rash

    From poisonous plants to blood poisoning, there are many possible causes of skin rashes. Some of these require emergency care at MountainView Hospital. It may not be practical to memorize the signs and symptoms of all the different skin rashes that may affect your family, but answering the following questions is one way to assess whether emergency care is needed.

    Where is the rash located?

    A rash can be located virtually anywhere, including inside the mouth. If the rash is on a sensitive area of the body, such as the genital region, in the mouth, or near the eyes, it may be a serious matter. A physician should also evaluate skin rashes that cover large areas of the body.

    Are you running a fever?

    When a skin rash indicates a medical emergency, it is often accompanied by other symptoms such as fever. Measles, for example, can cause a fever and a rash that spreads downward from the face to the rest of the body. Scarlet fever is a streptococcal infection that causes a high fever, sore throat, and skin rash. Other rashes accompanied by fever are less serious, including those caused by fifth disease, roseola infantum, and hand, foot, and mouth disease, which all commonly affect children. To err on the side of caution, always take children to the ER if they display a high fever with a skin rash.

    Are you sweating profusely?

    In hot, humid weather, some people may begin to develop small, itchy bumps, stinging sensations, and reddened skin. This could be heat rash, which generally appears around the groin, neck, armpits, and elbow creases. Mild cases of heat rash are typically self-treatable by cooling down, drying off, and getting hydrated. If heat exhaustion or heatstroke is suspected, emergency care is necessary. Heat-related illnesses can be indicated by dizziness, nausea, and confusion.

    Is there an unusual discharge?

    Abnormal discharge, worsening pain, swelling, and warmth are all possible indicators of a skin infection. Infections may follow skin rashes if the patient scratches the rash hard enough to break the skin. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics to clear up bacterial skin infections.

    For emergency care at every stage of life, families in Las Vegas know they can trust MountainView Hospital . In addition to our emergency care, our state-of-the-art hospital provides a range of medical specialties, including bariatric weight loss, robotic surgery, and stroke care. A registered nurse is available at (702) 962-5021 to provide general, non-emergent healthcare information.

  • Protect Your Child from Eye Injuries

    Most parents know it’s important to take their kids to the ophthalmologist for routine eye exams, but is this enough to protect a child’s eyes? Nearsightedness isn’t the only problem that parents should be aware of. Every year, emergency care physicians treat thousands of children for eye injuries, some of which can cause blindness. Many of these eye injuries can be prevented by taking the proper safety precautions. If your child does have an accident in the Las Vegas area, your family can turn to the emergency care team at MountainView Hospital.

    Childproof the Home

    Infants and young children cannot recognize the potential dangers of everyday objects. It’s essential to keep the home childproofed until a child is mature enough to not play with sharp objects, such as toothpicks, scissors, and wire coat hangers. Cover up sharp corners on furniture with padding, and install safety gates at the bottom and top of the stairs. Put child safety devices on kitchen cupboards. These safety precautions can help prevent a wide range of injuries that require emergency care.

    Require the Use of Protective Eyewear

    Some trips to the emergency care department can be avoided with the use of protective eyewear. Children should wear protective eyewear when they play sports that involve airborne projectiles, including hockey, baseball, racquet sports, lacrosse, and paintball.

    Avoid Dangerous Toys

    It’s often assumed that if a toy is available on a store shelf, it must be safe for the recommended age group. In fact, many dangerous toys garner public criticism each year because they can be hazardous for kids. Avoid giving your child toys that have a projectile or that are meant to be thrown, including darts.

    Use Vehicle Restraints

    Motor vehicular accidents are another possible cause of eye injuries in children. Practicing defensive driving is an important way to keep your family out of the emergency care department, but it’s also essential to keep children in age-appropriate vehicular restraints. Choose a car seat that is appropriate for your child’s stage of development. Kids 12 and younger shouldn’t ride in the front seat. Keep loose objects stored in the trunk to prevent them from becoming airborne projectiles during an accident.

    Please direct all true medical emergencies to a 911 dispatcher. This is the fastest way to get your child the emergency care he or she needs. Other healthcare-related questions may be directed to a registered nurse at MountainView Hospital by calling (702) 962-5021.

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