Ways to Get Rid of Hiccups

Published: 25th July 2008
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Remember the day, when you just had to leave for an urgent meeting for delivering an important office reportand hiccups started to irritate you. Or it may happen that when you decided to start your speech, hiccups starts up leaving you feeling humiliated and discomfited. It may be quite difficult to maintain your calmness at this point. Such situations put you in tough as well as in annoying and awkward situations but here are some simple remedies that can help you to your hiccups.

Hiccups are the result of repeated, involuntary spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm. There is hardly any individual in this world, who has never fallen prey to the problem. The worst part of the hiccups is that they are a major source of embarrassment. While you go have to through the inconvenience, other can easily amuse themselves at your expense. The usual symptoms of hiccups are - quick sounds, sharp intakes of breaths and involuntary closing of the muscles in the back of the throat.

Hiccups are the result of an irritation in your diaphragm, following which an involuntary and generally repeated spasm forces a rush of air into your lungs and causes a premature closing of your epiglottis, causing an all-too familiar sound: "Hic!" The main causes for these irritations are relatively familiar as well: eating spicy foods or eating too quickly, drinking too much, continuous laughing, coughing, crying out loud, or being pregnant.

Or any combination of the above.

Persistent and Chronic Hiccups

To cure persistent hiccups burn the "tuft" (top fibre) of a coconut, dissolve the resultant ash in water and when the ash sediment has settled at the bottom, remove the top clear liquid and drink it. 1 Get the buds of pomegranate plant, a few tulasi leaves, and a little garike grass-(kadke) and grind them together. Tie this paste in a cloth and squeeze 3 - 4 drops of this juice into the nostrils of the patient. Any type of hiccup will be cured.

Get a paper bag and blow it up slowly. Breathe into and out of the paper bag so that you don't get fresh air for half a minute or so.If that doesn't work, someone might burst it with a bang whenyou are not expecting it.

The only thing that can get rid of my mammoth hiccups is to hold my breath. Inhale (or exhale) deeply and hold the air in (or out of) your lungs for as long as you can (but not so long you pass out). If you can, concentrate on quelling the hiccups as you feel them coming. Willpower is everything.

Drinking water. We all know people who swear by bending at the waist and drinking a glass of water while upside down. It can work, but I find simply drinking water from a water fountain for 10 seconds nonstop works just as well.

Medical Treatment (For More Severe Hiccups not getting better with home remedies)

Contact Doctor to get evaluated. He may prescribe medications to control them. Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) is usually the first prescription medication tried for hiccups, although drugs such as baclofen (Lioresal) and medications for convulsions such as phenytoin (Dilantin) have also been successful.

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