The Hiccup is an involuntary action reflex that occurs when there is a contraction of the diaphragm from the esophagus breathing in a sudden rush of air causing the epiglottis to shut abruptly resulting in a “hiccup” sound. Hiccups can occur due to damage, injury, or irritation to nervous system, along with other metabolic disorders.
You can also get hiccups from eating too fast, eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol, or even drinking carbonated beverages such as soda or pop. You can also get the hiccups from laughing too much
Hiccups usually last only a few minutes and go away by themselves without any help. Hiccups can be uncomfortable and even painful for some people. If your hiccups do not go away within a short period of time, there are a few home remedies that are suppose to get rid of hiccups that may work for you even if that cure for hiccups is a myth.
The 30 Second Hiccups Cure
For this to work, you must do these steps as quickly as possible and try to not to let any air out.
Step 1: Breathe in through your mouth until your lungs are full.
Step 2: Quickly swallow. You don’t actually have to swallow anything, but perform the action as if you were without letting any air out.
Step 3: Try to breathe in some more and inhale until your lungs feel full again. This may seem difficult at first, but you should be able to get some air in. Use your mouth as if you were almost sipping air into your lungs.
Step 4: Quickly swallow again without letting any air out.
Step 5: Repeat these steps, just inhale and swallow.
Step 6: Exhale.
Common ways to get rid of hiccups and home remedies:
- Drink a a cold glass of water fast
- Drink water upside down – this is probably a rumor. be careful
- Hold your breathe laying down
- Get scared or frightened – This initiates a fight or flight response
- Eat a lemon or place something sour on the tongue – not sure why, but people say this works
- Take a teaspoon of vinegar – vinegar has been medically reported to get rid of hiccups.
- A spoonful sugar under the tongue
- Breathe into a paper bag
- Plug your nose and ears and swallow 20 times
- Eat a spoonful of peanut butter
- Relax, close your eyes and breathe deeply
Medical treatment for more severe cases of the hiccups:
More severe cases of hiccups for people that hiccup for longer periods of time, or if the hiccups become painful should seek professional medication advice as medical treatment options are available for necessary cases of chronic hiccups.
When hiccups are a persistent problem, prescription drugs such as Haloperidol (Haldol), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), or Metoclopramide (Reglan), or baclofen may be prescribed to suppress the hiccups. This may also sound strange but, rectal massages have also been reported to be a better “get rid of hiccups remedy” than drugs for severe cases of hiccups. There are also other cases of chronic hiccups cured through alternative health methods and therapies including acupuncture and hypnosis.
It is also possible that hiccups can be caused by tumors. which was the case of a young man who had the hiccups for three years before a tumor was discovered in his brain. His hiccups suddenly stopped after the tumor was removed.
Famous Cases of Hiccups
There once was a man named Charles Osborne who had the hiccups for the longest time. Charles hiccuped for 68 years and holds the record in the Guiness World Records for having the longest case of the hiccups. Another famous case involved a teenage boy who would hiccup 50 times a minute for 5 weeks, however this is reported to be caused due to an unrelated disorder called Tourette syndrome.