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Nearly everyone is affected by hiccups, which are a common condition. The involuntary contraction of the diaphragm, which is the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen and plays an important role in breathing, causes hiccups. The characteristic "hic" sound is produced because each contraction is followed by a sudden closure of the vocal cords.
Breathing into a paper bag and swallowing a teaspoon of granulated sugar are some of the home remedies for hiccups that people swear by.
A sudden excitement, a large meal or alcoholic beverages could cause hiccups. In some rare cases, hiccups could be a sign of an underlying medical condition. In some people, about one in 100,000, hiccups could persist for months, which could cause exhaustion and malnutrition. However, in most cases, hiccups last only a few minutes.
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The only sign and symptom associated with hiccups is the slight tightening sensation in the abdomen, throat or chest, followed by the sound of a hiccup. Usually, the number of hiccups a minute ranges between four and sixty.
Some of the most common triggers for short-term hiccups may include:
When hiccups are prolonged, they may interfere with:
Most cases of hiccups go away on their own without medical treatment. If someone's hiccups are caused by an underlying medical condition, treating that illness could eliminate the hiccups. When hiccups last longer than two days, these treatments may be considered:
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