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Jul 28
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Cures for the Hiccups!

Posted by: Courtney6190 in Other

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Plagued with endless hiccups that never seem to go away? Well then pay attention because there are many helpful tips to cure these hiccups once and for all!

A hiccup is little more than a reflex and a fluctuation of the diaphragm. The cause for hiccups stems from the irritation of the vagus nerve or one of its branches that run to the abdomen from the brain. A hiccup is usually in reaction to digestive or breathing disturbances, so to combat a hiccup one must distract the nerve with another sensation or alter breathing patterns. Hiccups happen to everyone some time in their life and on average people hiccup 3 to 5 times a year; that’s a lot of hiccups! So what do we do to stop this inconvenience? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind the next time you suffer from endless hiccups:

1.      A spoonful of sugar helps the hiccups go down- swallow a teaspoon of sugar to overload the nerve endings on the back of the tongue

2.      Fingers in the ears- the vagus nerve reaches into the auditory system so by stimulating the nerves in the ears you distract the vagus nerve and the hiccups stop

3.      BOO!- being scared actually helps because it overwhelms the vagus nerve

4.      H20- drink water or simply gargle water in order to interrupt the cycle

5.      Tongue pulling- you may look ridiculous but try sticking out your tongue and pulling on it

6.      Tickle!- being tickled can help alleviate hiccups, this involves tickling the roof of your mouth or just regular tickling

7.      Hold your breath-seems obvious, but it actually does help; by controlling your breathing you can control your hiccups

8.      Antacid- the magnesium in antacid can quiet the nerves and rid you of your hiccups

9.      Slow down when eating!-hurrying up and eating allows you to take in large short breathes disrupting your diaphragm. Slow down and chew your food fully.

10.  Stop eating so much- some believe hiccups are your body’s way of telling you to stop eating and let the food digest first. Try not to overload the stomach

Hope this helps you to avoid getting the hiccups, and if you do so happen to get a case of them, remember that these simple tricks can stop them in their tracks!

 

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bberte
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written by bberte, Wednesday, 06:58 PM, July 28, 2010
good to know! thanks for the info, C.
loves2laugh
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written by loves2laugh, Wednesday, 07:01 PM, July 28, 2010
these are very helpful tips! i actually had the hiccups last night
Courtney6190
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written by Courtney6190, Wednesday, 10:40 PM, July 28, 2010
np B! and yeah i get the hiccups all the time!
BHalll
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written by BHalll, Friday, 06:13 PM, July 30, 2010
I had the worst hiccups possible Wednesday night and I was trying so hard to remember these tips lol. water did the trick though, thanks!
mm2010
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written by mm2010, Thursday, 07:49 PM, September 02, 2010
I used to get hiccups, but none of the above cures ever worked for me.

What I do to cure hiccups, oddly enough, includes water and a match.

If you have a cup of water ready, light a match (while the match is still lit), drop it in the cup of water and quickly take a drink without swallowing the match.

This trick has always worked for me.

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