How To Cure Hiccups

The only thing more annoying than hiccuping is listening to someone hiccuping. So for everyone’s sake, remember these 8 cures.

By Ian Cohen

How To Cure HiccupsThe hiccups are easily the stupidest thing that happens to your body (other than the aging process). And while we’re sure you’ve gotten several equally stupid suggestions for how to cure hiccups, we’re going to suggest some less stupid remedies that’ll work just as well or better.

To show that we’re not just BSing, we’re going to drop some hiccup-cure science on you. The trick is to disrupt the hiccup cycle by over-stimulating the vagus nerve in your throat, or to interfere with your breathing to increase the amount of carbon dioxide in your blood. And you don’t need to hold your breath, stand on one leg, and rub your stomach with one hand while you pat your head with the other for that to happen.

How To Cure Hiccups1. SWALLOW HONEY
Swallowing a spoonful of honey or sugar might overwhelm the mouth with a sweet flavor and calm the irritated vagus nerve. If the sweet overload doesn’t solve the problem, try going with something sour like a lemon.

2. HOLD YOUR BREATH
Hold your nose and close your mouth for as long as you can so your body becomes preoccupied with getting rid of the carbon dioxide buildup in your blood. Obviously, if you feel lightheaded, stop … although to be fair, if you pass out and crack your skull on the floor, chances are your hiccups will be gone.

3. STICK YOUR FINGERS IN YOUR EARS
Another option is to press down on the soft spots behind your ears. Pressure in these areas will signal your diaphragm to relax and to stop hiccupping. Try it for 30 seconds.

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Venkat Ramanan (Sat, 19 Nov 2011 03:14:41 +0000): Give gentle taps at the back. Give the a surprise news to those affected, which would make them gasp or surprised.. If the Hiccups persists and recur, consult a physician.
Joshua Votaw (Sun, 20 Nov 2011 00:59:20 +0000): Hold a paper towel over a glass of water. Drink. I didn't think it would work when I heard it, but I swear it works every time without fail.
Hayden Stern (Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:35:55 +0000): Its called "milking the earlobes".... I swear by it: get the person with hiccups to continually sip liquid (even alcoholic works) and have a second person stand behind the person hiccuping and gently but repeatedly pull down their earlobe, hence milking the earlobes!
Modern Man (Mon, 28 Nov 2011 20:37:51 +0000): Sounds kinky!
Bruce Robinson (Tue, 24 Apr 2012 03:52:56 +0000): You can stop hic-ups by taking the middle finger of your right hand and placing it on the left side of your chest about two inches from the center of your chest and in between the third or fourth rib down from your collar bone. Take a deep breath and hold it for about thirty seconds while putting moderate pressure where indicated above. You can stand behind someone for support and do the same to them to make them stop. I've done it for others at least 50 times and it has worked 100% of the time. Don't wast your time drinking water upside down, all that does is dribble water down your chin and make you look like a fool.
Allen Peaden (Fri, 04 May 2012 06:00:37 +0000): Drink a big glass of Pepsi and then let out a giant burp...if that don't work try a coke next time....bahahahaha
Bathazar Xavier (Sat, 05 May 2012 03:48:52 +0000): a simple, tried and true bartender hiccup cure is to drop a lit match into about 4oz of water and drink (the water, not the match). instant cure that doesn't require gymnastics.
Hans Dietrich (Wed, 04 Jul 2012 18:42:24 +0000): It's a muscle spasm. The only thing I have found to relax the diaphragm is to stand (not sit) quietly and calmly, breathe as shallowly as possible, from the top of your chest. Be as still as you can and concentrate on relaxing. I often have to go to a quiet room and be alone for a minute. This WORKS.
Kim Ayres (Fri, 27 Jul 2012 01:34:08 +0000): The thing that ALWAYS works for me is to put your thumb in your mouth and press on the soft palate just behind the last hard bit, but not far enough back that you actually gag. Some one told me this when I was about 16 and I have done it with success ever since. For some reason, it doesn't work when you first get the hiccups, only after you have had them for a while. Sometimes I have tried it as soon as I start to hiccup and it slows them down but doesn't stop them so I give it a couple more minutes then try again and it stops them straight away. Keep pressing for about 1 minute after they stop and they won't come back! Nothing else works for me... mt hiccups can go on for half an hour if I don't do the thumb thing.
Richard Leist (Wed, 29 Aug 2012 01:36:27 +0000): Teaspoon of sugar works every time.

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