Hiccups are paroxymal, involuntary contraction of the diaphragm that occurs along with the spasm of larynx and closure of glottis, which produce the typical sound “hic” that characterizes the disorder. Most hiccups are harmless and go away within few minutes. Sometimes it can last longer and can be irritating. Here we’ll discuss some tips on how to get rid of hiccups.
There are several causes of hiccups; the most likely causes of hiccups are the followings:
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Eating large meal
- Sudden excitation
Hiccups are common, harmless and usually disappear within minutes. However, if the hiccups fail to resolve spontaneously or lasts more then 24 hours, immediate medical consultation is suggested to rule out any underlying organic causes. Persistent chronic hiccups can occur in variety of disease, some of which are listed below.
- Metabolic disorders
- Electrolyte disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
Ordinary hiccups usually go away by themselves or can be stopped easily without any medical treatment. Most of the hiccups go away if you simply forget about them. If your hiccups still persist after few minutes, you can try several home remedies for hiccups. Some remedies for hiccups may sound funny and silly, but they do help to get rid of hiccups.
- Relax, take a deep rhythmic breath slowly inhale and exhale for few minutes.
- Hold your breath for few seconds.
- Drink a glass of water
- Take a teaspoon of peanut butter or vinegar
Some fun way to get rid of hiccups
If the above methods are not working, you can still try some fun way to get rid of your hiccups. Here are some of them
- Sing loud, laugh like a crazy or count things around you
- Imagine something romantic or sexy stuffs
- Stick out your tongue
- Watch scary movies or listen to the music and dance
Remember: if nothing is helping you to get rid of hiccups and if the hiccups persists for more then 24 hrs seek medical help to rule out other possible causes.