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What if you’re talking or working to someone and suddenly the hiccups start. We try to control it or stop it, but we rarely succeed. Here are 7 effective home remedies that can help you with hiccups.
What are hiccups and how do they arise?
They are involuntary spasms of the diaphragm that are usually short-lived and are not a sign of anything serious. Each contraction follows the closing of your vocal cord. This leads to the “Hic” sound. Hiccups are not caused by any serious underlying medical condition. It can be due to either something physical or emotional that is irritating the nerve that connects the brain to the diaphragm. Some of the other reasons could be eating too quickly, spicy food, alcohol, etc.
Home remedies for hiccups
Hold your breath – One of the easiest and most popular ways to stop hiccups is by holding your breath. Inhale deeply, hold your breath for 10 to 20 seconds, and then exhale. Repeat this until it stops.
Hug your knees – When you sit down in a comfortable position, bring your knee to your chest. Hug your knees and hold the position for a few minutes.
Squeeze your palms – Open your palm wide, then apply pressure on the palm with the thumb of your other hand until necessary.
Suck on an ice cube – Suck on an ice cube for a few minutes and swallow it after it gets smaller.
Eat a spoonful of peanut butter – Take a spoonful of peanut butter and slowly let it melt in your mouth.
Drink ice water – Another most common way to stop hiccups is by drinking a glass of ice cold water.
distract yourself – The hiccups are usually thought to start and stop on their own, but if it irritates you, try a puzzle or video game to distract yourself.
They usually tend to go away on their own soon, but if none of the above works it is advisable to see a doctor and check for stroke, multiple sclerosis, gastroesophageal reflux, etc.
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