. Hiccups occur when a stimulus triggers the nerves which lowers the diaphragm (the muscle that separates the lungs from the abdomen), i.e. makes the diaphragm contract involuntary causing the person to take in a quick breath of air into the lungs. The nerves involved here are linked to the diaphragm.
The air then causes a brief closure of the glottis (located in the voice box, an opening between the vocal cords). The closure produces the "hic" sound.
. Most hiccups are harmless & they usually stop after a few minutes. Chronic hiccups are very rare. Those that last for months or years are usually called intractable hiccups.
. The longest hiccup ever known was experienced by an American pig farmer whose hiccups persisted from 1922 to 1987.
. Did you know that a fetus can have hiccups? They actually help strengthen the diaphragm & prepare the fetus for breathing.
. Most of the methods used to stop hiccups actually seek to alter the flow of air through the vocal cords so as to stop hiccuping.
Causes (common hiccups)
. Unknown causes
. Hot & spicy food
. Carbonated drinks
. Sudden laughter
. Intense emotions
. Cold air or cold water
Causes (intractable hiccups)
. Excessive alcohol consumption
. Abdominal surgery
. Liver/kidney problems
. Brain tumor affecting the brain's breathing center
. Side effects from certain medication
(e.g. muscle relaxants)
[Remedies to stop rhytHydromaxic hiccups, see which are the ones that work for you]
. Bend over the waist & drink a glass of water in that bending position.
. Bring a paper bag close to the mouth then blow into it & breathe in the air from the bag.
. Cover each ear with your fingers & press gently for a few minutes.
. Squeeze lemon juice to the back of the throat.
. Drink canned pineapple juice.
. Pull hair hard from the top of the head for a minute. ...SCplace2Be@aol.com
. Fill a tea cup with cold water until 2/3 full & place an inverted teaspoon inside (i.e. the h&le in the cup) & drink normally. You'll be concentrating so hard on the spoon not falling off the cup that it cures your hiccups. ...SweetSexySury424@aol.com
. Swallow a teaspoon of sugar & then drink water . ...email@example.com
. Hold your nose, plug your ears & drink water thru a straw for 20 seconds. ...LilMissPiggy1012@aol.com
. Eat a tablespoon of peanut butter. ...firstname.lastname@example.org
. Hold your breath for 30 seconds, take some water , bend over as if you're touching your toes & swallow it. ...email@example.com
. At the peak of the hiccup (at the hic, before the cup) contract your stomach muscles like you would to burp. Sometimes it takes a burp or two. ...firstname.lastname@example.org
. I have used this method for 45 years. It ALWAYS works. A hiccup is the result of a spasm of the diaphram so the cure is to immobilize the diaphram. This is done by taking a deep breath & holding it (this puts pressure on the top of the diaphram) & at the same time squeezing the stomach muscles as hard as possible (this puts pressure on the bottom of the diaphram). Hold as long as possible. Repeat if necessary. It is most unusual for this to require more than 2-3 repeats. ...email@example.com
. While in high school 25+ years ago, a fellow student started the hiccups in Psycholgy class. They were very loud & disruptive. The teacher called her to the front, whispered something in her ear & she returned to her desk. No more hiccups. So naturally we all wanted to know what was whispered in her ear to cease her hiccups so quickly. The teacher had told her to return to her desk & think about the ugliest person she had ever seen! That was it! I have used this for over 25 years even with medical personnel & it has not failed yet. ...SchiaboLarovoAR@aol.com
what works for me evrytime is take a deep breath and hold it for as long as possible.
These little bastards will be stopped as the diafram between the lungs is held stationary...so they die if you will.
Try it....It always helps me.