A Cure For Hiccups: Fast Home Remedies

Hiccups are a bodily function that can be very annoying and occur at random and potentially inopportune times. Hiccups are the body’s response to the diaphragm, a large sheet of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity, becomes off-balance and contracts. This spasm creates an intake of breath that stops suddenly by the vocal cords closing. This sudden stop causes the common “hiccup” sound. They’re completely involuntary, occasionally painful, and may result from a large meal, alcoholic beverage, or sudden excitement. Typically, they last only a few minutes, although there are some horrendous stories of hiccups persisting for months.

How can I prevent hiccups?

  • Hiccups are difficult to prevent because they occur at random after eating too much food too quickly, drinking too much alcohol, swallowing too much air, or becoming excited or stressed.

What are the symptoms of hiccups?

  • Repeated uncontrollable inhalation that stops once it reaches your throat. May occasionally be painful.

How do I get rid of hiccups?

  • There are several ways of treating hiccups, and certain “treatments” don’t work as well for people as others, so different attempts might have to be made before a cure is found. Most home remedies involve increasing the level of carbon dioxide in the blood, which usually stops hiccups. Try:
  • Holding your breath for 10 to 30 seconds.
  • Breathing repeatedly into a paper bag.
  • Quickly drinking a glass of cold water.
  • Eating a teaspoon of sugar or honey (try putting it on the back of your tongue) to shock your system.
  • Sticking your fingers in your ears to stimulate the auditory system.
  • Taking an antacid that contains magnesium.
  • A teaspoon of vinegar.
  • A spoonful of peanut butter to interrupt your swallowing and breathing patterns.
  • A teaspoon of hot sauce.
  • A teaspoon of powdered chocolate drink mix.
  • Chewing on a teaspoon of dill.
  • Four or five drops of Angostora Bitters on a lemon wedge, biting into it and sucking the juice.
  • Swallow air and force small burps, which forces you to expel air and stop breathing momentarily, resetting your diaphragm.
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