Symptoms

Hiccups

Overview

Hiccups or the sudden spasms in the respiratory tract are the cause of involuntary contractions of the diaphragm. It is a symptom mostly accompanied by a tightening sensation in your throat/chest. The vocal cords that time produce hiccup or hiccough sounds, which are rhythmic.

There are many reasons for hiccups and these include

  • Fast consumption of food

  • Swallowing air

  • Noxious fumes

  • Brain Tumours & Strokes

  • Psychological reasons like anxiety, stress, etc

  • Eating/drinking too much

  • Smoking

The technicality to reduce hiccups or the hiccups remedy is by stimulating the nasopharynx and vagus nerve. Other ways to reduce hiccups are

  • A sudden or quick intake of water

  • Biting a lemon

  • Smelling salts

  • Get frightened by someone

  • Pulling hard your tongue

  • Gargling with water

Hiccups are the sudden involuntary contractions and are not dangerous. It happens due to anxiety or eating fast. But if it persists for above 48 hours then it is a serious health problem and you need to consult a doctor to find if it is caused due to

  • Kidney failure

  • Heart Attack

  • Pneumonia

  • Tumor in the Lungs

  • Digestion Problems

When a person breathes in bursts of air, then hiccups can occur. These involuntary contractions happen in the diaphragm. When we breathe, the intercostal muscles are involved. Hiccups happen mostly when we eat or drink fastly and are short-lived.

There are some ways to get rid of hiccups without taking water and those are

  • Deep breathing[Holding and swallowing three times]

  • Breathing into a paper bag

  • Get frightened by someone

  • Puling your tongue

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