One of the most crucial considerations when buying hernia belts is its fabric. Most abdominal hernia belts are made of nylon, a fabric that is lightweight, sturdy, and versatile. Nylon, a synthetic fabric, is not as breathable as cotton, so it can get hot and sticky come summer. But this fabric easily wicks moisture and dries quickly, that’s why it is often used by activewear manufacturers. This fabric is also resistant to abrasion and pilling.
Another fabric used to make abdominal hernia belts is cotton. Unlike nylon, cotton is a natural fabric. It is sturdy, yet soft on the skin and easy to care for. The beauty of cotton is its breathability. If you live in an area where it’s always hot and humid, then cotton hernia belts are a great choice. Keep in mind, though, that cotton hernia belts do not wick away moisture very well.
Both nylon and cotton hernia belts are blended with latex and other stretchy fibers to produce an elastic fabric.
Most abdominal hernia belts come with silicone compression pads. These pads have a small bump in the middle, and it is applied directly to the hernia to provide support to the protruding tissue and relieve any discomfort or pain. When choosing an abdominal hernia belt, make sure that it is comfortable and that it comes with a removable cloth cover that you can wash when it gets sweaty or dirty.
A hernia belt is only as good as the comfort it offers. If you’re buying a hernia belt online, it’s a good practice to measure your waist and chest first so you can be sure that you’ll get the right size. Always check the size chart that can be found on the product description or the manufacturer’s website. To be safe, go for a hernia belt that is one size larger but still can be adjusted to fit comfortably around your waist. Further, make sure that it doesn’t roll down or bunch together when you move.
Most hernia belts come with hook-and-loop closure (commercially known as Velcro), while some still have that classic hook-and-eye-fastener. If you don’t mind a little discomfort but want to make sure that your binder stays in place, then check out hernia support belts with old-fashioned hook-and-eye closure. Umbilical hernia belts with hook-and-loop closure, on the other hand, are easier to adjust and more comfortable than ones with hook-and-eye fastener.