What is Hiccup or Hiccough ?
A hiccup or hiccough is a myoclonus of the diaphragm that
repeats several times per minute. In humans, the abrupt rush of
air into the lungs causes the vocal cords to close, creating a
"hic" sound. Hiccups are basically sudden and involuntary
contractions of the muscles in the diaphragm. As these sudden
and spasm like contractions in the muscle occur repeatedly, the
opening between the vocal cords closes to impeded the inflow of
air, giving rise to the hiccup sound. Hiccups can be caused when
there is irritation to the nerves extending from the neck down
to the chest.
Hiccup or Hiccough Causes:
Overstretching the neck
- Irritation of the eardrum
- General anesthesia
- Drinking excessive alcohol
- Hot and spicy food
- Eating fast.
Hiccup or Hiccough Symptoms:
- Frequent disturbance in normal breath.
- Sudden jerks of total body.
- Series of variable spacing and duration in breathing
Hiccup or Hiccough Home Remedies:
- Holding breath as much as possible stops Hiccough.
- Diverting attention stops Hiccough.
- If Hiccough is due to indigestion then taking water with soda helps. Remember not to drink anything hot.
- Place an ice bag on the diaphragm for sometime
- Sip ice water quickly
- Close your eyes and gently press your eye balls
- Eat some sugar
- Eat one tbsp peanut butter
- Eat a spoon of honey
- Although hiccups are not a serious medical problem, it is advisable to see a doctor if they last for more than 24 hours.