No one likes getting hiccups, but it’s a common occurrence. They happen when the diaphragm involuntarily contracts. There are two main types of hiccups- short and persistent. Both of these kinds of hiccups are the same involuntary contractions, but they last for different periods of time. If the hiccups last more than 48 hours, they are called persistent.
If they last less than this time, they are short. Persistent hiccups often happen as a part of an illness, so it’s important to see a doctor if your hiccups last more than 48 hours.
Everyone seems to have their own hiccups treatment, and different treatments work with different people. There are no lab results for these methods, so you can try a few of them and see what works for you. Drinking a cup of water with your head upside down is one remedy. Taking deep breaths is another. Swallowing a teaspoon of sugar is one enjoyable way. Other methods include biting into a lemon, tasting vinegar, and drinking ice water and are all common hiccup treatment methods. Some people swear by pulling their tongue to make the condition stop. Try one or more of these methods until you find one that works.
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