• 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.

  • What are the best and worst ways to cope with stress?

    Everyone experiences stress from time to time. Occasionally, the stress response can even be beneficial. But in most cases, chronic or severe stress wreaks havoc on physical and mental health. Here at MountainView Hospital, we understand that living life well is just as important as living longer. If you’re having trouble coping, please come in and speak with your family physician. It’s our mission to improve your quality of life.

    Do proactively work to prevent stress

    One of the best ways to cope with stress is to prevent it. Spend a few weeks keeping a daily journal of what triggers your stress. Then, identify your most common stressors. These might include:

    • Traffic
    • Deadlines at work
    • Misbehaving kids
    • Bills
    • Fights with a spouse or partner
    • Caregiving duties

    Most stressors can be attributed to not having enough time or money. While you can’t add more hours to the day, you can prioritize your responsibilities and give yourself permission to let unimportant tasks go uncompleted. You can also look for ways to make your life a little easier, such as by setting up automatic bill payments. Small changes can make a big difference for your stress.

    Don’t try to control uncontrollable things

    It isn’t possible to prevent every stress trigger, but you can work to modify your stress response. If you have a defiant teenager, for instance, you can stop yourself from getting into an argument. Take a deep breath, tell your teen that you aren’t happy with the situation and that you’ll have a discussion later when both of you have calmed down.

    Do use positive self-talk

    Positive self-talk might take some practice, but it can effectively stop stress from being overwhelming . Here’s a look at some common negative statements people tell themselves:

    • “I messed that up again.”
    • “I can’t handle this.”
    • “Nothing I do is right.”

    When you catch yourself thinking these negative statements, turn them into positive statements. For instance, tell yourself the following:

    • “I can learn from my mistake and do better next time.”
    • “This will be easier if I take it one step at a time.”
    • “I’m only human. I’m allowed to make mistakes.”

    Do enjoy pleasant diversions

    Everyone deserves some time to relax and find enjoyment in simple activities. You can cope with stress by setting aside just a few minutes each day to do something you love. Work on a quilting project, read your favorite book or go for a walk.

    For compassionate care in all stages of life, your family can turn to the trusted specialists at MountainView Hospital . Our community hospital in Las Vegas strives to make your medical care as stress-free as possible. We’ve even built stress management into our cardiac rehabilitation programs. Call a nurse at (702) 962-5021.

  • 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.