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How to cure hiccups immediately

Updated on February 16, 2013
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Hiccups is also known as hiccoughs, or in medical terms, it is called singultus or synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF). Hiccups can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing, especially in public. Hiccups are triggered when a spasm contracts the diaphragm, a muscle in the shape of a dome at the bottom of the chest. This is followed by an involuntary enclosure of the throat. The purpose of the diaphragm is that it pulls down to help pull oxygen into the lungs when breathing in air. The diaphragm then relaxes and the air flows back out through the mouth or nose when breathing out.

There are many things which can cause hiccups, and for some people it can last for a couple of minutes, and for other others it can be around for hours. A persistent hiccup are hiccups that last more than 2 days. An intractable hiccup are hiccups that persist more than a month, and this can cause fatigue, weight loss and lack of sleep. These two conditions may be serious and should be checked by a doctor who will prescribe medicine. Normal hiccups are when the hiccups last for less than 2 days and is considered to be fine in such circumstances.

Causes of Hiccups

  • Excessive eating, especially eating too fast
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Carbonated drinks such as cola or lemonade
  • Temperature changes in the stomach, especially when drinking a hot drink and then to a cold one
  • Over-excitement or stress
  • Smoking
  • Inhaling and swallowing too much air

These are the most common known causes to trigger hiccups. However, there are many remedies and techniques to reduce or completely stop the hiccups. These may not work on everybody but is worth trying.

Hiccups can be treated by:

  • Drinking a glass of water immediately
  • Gargle your mouth with water
  • Have someone to give you a fright (actually this ancient cure does not work if it is expected, if someone frightens you unexpectedly, that seems to be the cure)
  • Bite on a piece of lemon
  • Sniffing on smelling salts
  • Holding your breath for ten seconds
  • Using a paper bag to breath repeatedly for a short period of time
  • Taking a teaspoon of sugar or honey can also give relief
  • Tell the person with the hiccups a false story, prank or an event about him, and with that kind of shock and disbelief, the hiccups will disappear (this will only work if the person with the hiccup does not know about this technique)


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      His princesz 5 years ago

      Wow, I never knew that! Very informative. Thanks tnvrstar, voted up and useful indeed! :)