Hiccups occur when a spasm contracts against the Diaphragm, a large sheet of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity.
This spasm causes an intake of breath that is suddenly stopped by the closure of the vocal cords (glottis). This closure causes the characteristic hiccup sound.
*What causes hiccups*
A very full stomach can cause bouts of Hiccups that go away on their own. A full stomach can be caused by eating too much food too quickly, drinking too much alcohol and or swallowing too much air.
A sudden change to stomach temperature, such as drinking hot beverage and then cold beverage, emotional stress or excitement.
*How long do Hiccups last*
Hiccups usually stop within a few minutes to a few hours. Hiccups that last longer than 48 hours are called persistent Hiccups.
Hiccups that last longer than a month are called intractable hiccups, while very rare intractable hiccups can cause exhaustion, lack of sleep and weight loss.
Both persistent and intractable Hiccups may be a sign of a more serious health problem and must be checked by a doctor.
Unlike sneezing, farting, burping etc Hiccups don’t serve any purpose, they are just annoying and pointless.
There are many known causes of persistent or intractable h
Central nervous system problems such as cancer, infection, stroke or injury.
Problems with the chemical processes that take place in the body metabolism, such as increased kidney infection or hyperventilation.
Irritation of the nerves in the head, neck and chest
*How are Hiccups treated*
So how do you get rid of Hiccups? which remedy works best?
Home remedies are usually based on the idea that you have to disrupt the Hiccups cycle.
Most bouts of Hiccups go away on their own within a few minutes to a few hours and do not require any treatment.
Some of the remedy includes; holding your breath and counting slowly to 10, also breathing repeatedly into a paper bag for a limited period of time.
Quickly drinking a glass of cold water might wash down a chunk of food in the throat that’s pressing against a nerve.
And for persistent or intractable,
Hiccups, you can eat a teaspoon of sugar or honey depends on the underlying cause of the Hiccups.
*Who is affected by Hiccups*
Hiccups affect male more often than females. Hiccups occur in practically every human being including babies and older adults.