How To Get Rid Of Hiccups

Hiccups often occur out of the blue and can quickly become bothersome, leading us to try all sorts of unusual and creative ideas to get rid of them. So, it comes as no surprise that discussions and theories on how to treat hiccups are abundant on the Internet. For this reason, it can make it difficult to separate the recommended methods from the old wives' tales. If you would like more detailed information on hiccups, their causes, symptoms and possible complications, read our article What Are Hiccups? What Causes Hiccups?. This article focuses specifically on how to get rid of hiccups. All of the methods listed are researched from public health authorities such as the NHS (UK) and CDC. In the majority of cases, hiccups resolve on their own within a few hours. Sometimes, however, they may persist and become a nuisance. Rarely, hiccups may require medical treatment. Hiccups are medically known as synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF) or singultus. A hiccup occurs when the diaphragm suddenly contracts involuntarily, while at the same time the larynx (voice box) contracts too and the glottis closes, effective blocking the flow of air. Below are some tips for dealing with a bout of hiccups that you can do on your own: Breathing in and holding your breath can help alleviate hiccups. Breath in and hold your breath for about ten seconds, then breathe out slowly. Repeat three or four times. Then do it again twenty minutes later. Breathe into a paper bag (do not cover your head with the bag) Bring your knees to your chest and hug them for a couple of minutes Gargle with iced water Drink from...
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