'Hic!' You've just hiccupped for what seems like the tenth time since you finished your big dinner. Wonder where these funny noises are coming from?
The hiccup is the involuntary swallowing of the air and is caused by the repeated spasms of the diaphragm, the muscle which separates the thorax and the abdomen. Even if it is annoying, the hiccup doesn't represent a serious problem.
Usually, it appears after drinking a great quantity of hot fluids or after eating too much and the stomach being so full presses the diaphragm. It can also start after a crisis of a long and unrestrained laughter. Sometimes, there isn't an apparent cause. Usually, the crises of hiccup stop naturally and very rarely do they last more than twenty minutes. If they persist and you feel unple
asant or embarrassed, there are several simple traditional remedies that can help you. In some cases, a prolonged hiccup indicates a serious affection.
Among the preventive methods we can mention the following: get used to eating and drinking slowly. Then, avoid swallowing too much at once, chew carefully and shun sitting down to eat if you are stressed.
How to stop the hiccups? Holding your breath and counting to ten is one way some people can get rid of their hiccups, but not too much so that you won't feel dizzy. Or you can put a paper bag, never a plastic one, in front of your nose and mouth and breathe several times.
Sometimes, a hiccup crisis can stop if you sip slowly from a glass of cold water or if you suck an ice cube. One possibility for you would be to bend your head and drink from the 'wrong' side of the glass. And maybe the most famous treatment is having someone jump out and scare you when you're not expecting. This helps some people wave good-bye to their hiccups.
When do we have to see the doctor? It is important to see a doctor when the hiccup lasts more than a day, when you suffer from frequent crises of hiccup or when you have problems while breathing, pains in the chest or when you feel dizzy.
What Causes Hiccups? by Cristina Nuta for FamousWhy.com
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