How can I get rid of my hiccups?

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asked Oct 10, 2017 in Other- Health by spottedjaw (250 points)
How can I get rid of my hiccups?

I've had hiccups since last night and can't seem to get rid of the hiccups.

How can I cure my hiccups?

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answered Oct 11, 2017 by Shawn (102,160 points)
Here's a few things that you can try to rid yourself of your hiccups.

Hold your breath.
Put a pinch of sugar under your tongue.
Ask someone to scare the hiccups out of you.
Gargle with ice water.
Pull out your tongue.
Breathe into a paper bag.

If your hiccups are still not going away then just give it time the hiccups will eventually go away on their own.
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answered Jul 19, 2022 by Zoey123 (24,130 points)
Hiccups are caused by involuntary contractions of your diaphragm which is the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen and plays an important role in breathing.

This involuntary contraction causes your vocal cords to close very briefly, which produces the characteristic sound of a hiccup.

Some illnesses for which continuing hiccups may be a symptom include: pleurisy of the diaphragm, pneumonia, uremia, alcoholism, disorders of the stomach or esophagus, and bowel diseases.

Hiccups may also be associated with pancreatitis, pregnancy, bladder irritation, liver cancer or hepatitis.

There's limited evidence that anyone has died as a direct result of the hiccups.

However, long lasting hiccups can have a negative impact on your overall health.

Having hiccups for a long time can disrupt things like: eating and drinking.

The majority of persistent hiccups are caused by injury or irritation to either the vagus or phrenic nerve.

The vagus and phrenic nerves control the movement of your diaphragm.

These nerves may be affected by: irritation of your eardrum, which may be caused by a foreign object.

When you have hiccups and need to get rid of the hiccups fast try holding your breath and swallowing while holding your breath three times.

If that doesn't work then try holding your breath again and swallowing again another 3 or 6 times.

Usually the holding my breath and swallowing 3 times gets rid of my hiccups.

You can also get rid of hiccups by breathing into a paper bag or drinking a glass of water fast.

Gargling water or pulling on your tongue also helps get rid of hiccups or swallowing a spoonful of sugar can also help stop the hiccups.

Hiccups will eventually go away whether or not you do anything to stop them so if all else fails just waiting it out will stop the hiccups.

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