“Hic!” You’ve just hiccuped for what seems like the tenth time since you finished your big dinner. Wonder where these funny noises are coming from? The part to blame is your diaphragm.
Sometimes the diaphragm becomes irritated. When this happens, it pulls down in a jerky way, which makes you suck air into your throat suddenly. When the air rushing in hits your voice box, your vocal cords close suddenly and you’re left with a big hiccup.
Some things that irritate the diaphragm are eating too quickly or too much, an irritation in the stomach or the throat, or feeling nervous or excited. Almost all cases of the hiccups last only a few minutes. Some cases of the hiccups can last for days or even months, but this is very unusual and it’s usually a sign of another medical problem.
Even if the hiccups go away for a few minutes, there is nobody who don’t want to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
So when the hiccup starts try some of these home remedies that ensure quick and easy stopping these boring noises:
1. Apple cider vinegar
Put a few drops of apple cider vinegar in a spoon and then slowly moisten the mouth. The acid will help your body to quickly solve the hiccups.
2. White sugar
One of the most effective ways to stop the hiccups is putting sugar under your tongue. Together with the sugar, drink a glass of water.
The water is also considered as one of the most effective ways to fight the hiccups. Drink the water sip by sip, with short breaks in between and raise your head for 90 degrees.
4. Salt and yogurt
The hiccups stop easily with using yogurt. For a greater effect in a half cup of yogurt add two tablespoons of salt. Mix them and then drink sip by sip, with short breaks in between sip.
Citrus fruits can be of great when it comes to hiccups. Eat one of these fruits and the hiccup will stops. If you choose eating a lemon, make sure to get some sugar with it.
6. Put your fingers in the ears
Maybe this sounds weird, but this method helps many people to stop the hiccups. This method stops the hiccups by stimulating the nerves connected to the diaphragm.
7. Breathe into a paper bag
Take a paper bag, cover the nose and the mouth and then breathe in it for a minute. Using the paper bag helps the blood to create dioxide.
8. Hold your breath
Take air, hold your breath and start counting. Count as much as you can and repeat this method as many times as you need or until the hiccups stop.
9. Dry bread
Eating dry bread and gently touching the soft palate with the tongue is also one of the several methods that effectively stops the hiccups.
And maybe the most famous treatment – having someone jump out and scare you when you’re not expecting it – helps some people wave goodbye to their hiccups. Boo!