Who doesn’t get hiccups? They can happen to anyone at any age. There are some things you can avoid to prevent hiccups. They’re harmless but, if they last a long time, they could be a symptom of a severe illness. The longest bout of hiccups lasted 60 years!
Hiccups are involuntary contractions of the diaphragm — the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen and plays an important role in breathing. Each contraction is followed by a sudden closure of your vocal cords, which produces the characteristic "hic" sound.
Hiccups may result from a large meal, alcoholic or carbonated beverages or sudden excitement. In some cases, hiccups may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. For most people, a bout of hiccups usually lasts only a few minutes. Rarely, hiccups may persist for months. This can result in weight loss and exhaustion.
Why Do Hiccups Happen?
Hiccups can happen for a lot of reasons -- some of them are physical, and some emotional. That’s because the actual irritation happens in the nerve connecting the brain to the diaphragm. Some common causes include:
1.Eating too much or too quickly
2.Feeling nervous or excited
3.Drinking carbonated beverages or too much alcohol
5.A sudden change in temperature
6.Swallowing air while sucking on candy or chewing gum
1.Can hiccups happen to anyone?
Yes. Hiccups can happen to adults, children and babies.
2.Who commonly gets hiccups?
Hiccups are more common in men. They can also have hiccups for a longer period.
How to Make Them Stop
If you’re hoping that hanging upside down or having a friend scare you will get your hiccups to stop, we hate to disappoint you. But there’s no scientific proof that these remedies work.However, some experts think holding your breath or breathing into a paper bag might do the trick; both techniques make carbon dioxide build up in your lungs, which might relax the diaphragm.If all else fails, and your hiccups continue for several days or more, your doctor may try different medications to see if they can put an end to those uncomfortable hiccups. Good luck!
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