What causes hiccups? How can you get rid of hiccups fast?
Hiccup is a most common irritating problem which occurs suddenly, it is an involuntary contraction (spasm) of the diaphragm muscle. When the muscle spasms, the vocal cords snap shut, producing the hiccup sound.
What causes hiccups?
- eating spicy food
- diseases that irritate the nerves that control the diaphragm,
- abdominal surgery,
- eating too quickly,
- eating or drinking too much,
- strokes or
- brain tumors,
- noxious fumes, and
- certain medications
- IBS- irritable bowel syndrome
- consuming alcohol
- drinking carbonated beverages, such as sodas
- consuming very hot or very cold foods
- a sudden change in air temperature
- swallowing air while chewing gum
- excitement or emotional stress
Basically, almost all cases of hiccups can be cured or resolve in a short time, and rarely are a medical emergency. It is recommended to visit a doctor if hiccups last more than three hours, or if they disturb your eating or sleeping habits.
The most common cause is Indigestion
Indigestion (dyspepsia) happens to almost everyone. It causes because of eating habits or a chronic digestive problem can trigger indigestion. Indigestion can cause stomach pain or bloat, or heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.
Some possible conditions in indigestion
- Abdominal Pain
- Abdominal Swelling
- Abdominal Bloating
- Unintentional Weight Loss
- Loss of Appetite
- Abdominal Pain Worse With Eating
- Back Pain
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding
How can you get rid of hiccups fast?
- Pulling hard on your tongue
- Biting on a lemon
- Gargling with water
- Smelling salts
- Holding your breath
- Drinking a glass of water quickly
Some simple home remedies or ways to get rid of hiccups include:
1. Place a teaspoon of sugar on the back of your tongue and let it melt there. Hold it until the sugar is totally dissolved.
2. Suck on a slice of lemon. Not enough for you? Try pouring a few drops of bitters on the lemon slice first. Then suck on it.
3. Eat a teaspoon of peanut butter or some other type of nut butter (almond, cashew, hazelnut, etc.)
4. Lean forward, tilt the glass away from yourself, and drink from the back of the rim.
5. Cover the top of the glass with a paper towel and drink it. Drop some fresh herbs in the glass.
6. Concentrate on drinking the water without getting any of the herbs in your mouth.
7. Tickle the roof of your mouth with a cotton swab.
8. Gently draw a toothpick along the roof of your mouth.
9. Try to put your fingers in your ears and wiggle them around.
10. Draw in as much air as you can, then breath in a little bit more. Take a deep breath and hold it at least for 20 seconds. Then breath out slowly and count backwards from twenty. Repeat this three or four times.
11. Open your mouth as wide as you can and hold it that way for at least twenty seconds. If you need to swallow, try to do so without closing your mouth.
12. Breath into a small brown paper bag. The increase in carbon-dioxide in your bloodstream can help to reset your breathing and stop the hiccups.
13. Sit up straight in a chair. Breath in slowly and count to twenty. Then lean forward in the chair as you breath out.
Sometimes distracting your mind from thinking about hiccups can be enough to stop them – Psychological Techniques.
- Put on a favorite song and drum out the rhythm on the bottoms of your feet.
- Play the alphabet game. In the end, you feel your hiccups should be gone.