What Causes Hiccups and How to Get Rid of Them
What Causes Hiccups?What happens when hiccups occur is the phrenic nerve that is responsible for the expansion and constriction of the diaphragm during breathing or singing gets irritated or damaged and the resulting spasm creates the sic sound. Hiccups can be caused by quite a few things and can even be the result of an underlying illness, especially when they linger longer than usual – say, hours or days at a time. Medical conditions that can cause long-term hiccups are multiple sclerosis, stroke, acid reflux, laryngitis, vagus or phrenic nerve damage, diabetes, cancer, or kidney disease. Usually hiccups are mild in form and last for just a few minutes. To name a few of the other theories on the causes of hiccups, they are said to be the result of eating large meals, eating spicy foods, eating too quickly, anesthesia or other drug reactions, sudden excitement, panic or fear that may result in swallowing air, and finally drinking gassy beverages like alcohol and carbonated drinks. So whenever possible, you should avoid these things so that you won’t trigger hiccups.
Send Hiccups PackingIt is been said that hiccups are often the result of swallowing too much air, so here are ways you can counteract them with that in mind:
- This one is probably the most popular. Take a deep breath, hold it for as long as you can, and bear down against your diaphragm until the hiccups subside.
- Use a brown paper bag to breathe in and out deeply without letting any air seep through.
- Quickly place ice on the side of your neck as a way of shocking the hiccup reflex.
- Pull your tongue out as far and as hard as you can.
- Drown your hiccups with a glass or two of water.
- Slowly eat a piece of dry bread.
- Screaming supposedly helps.
- Gargle with icy water.
- Yawn and swallow.