Introduction: How to Cure Hiccups

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Since the beginning of man people have tried a variety of methods to cure hiccups. In this instructable I will list several cures which if followed correctly should cure you!

Step 1: Eating Sugar

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This might just be my favorite cure. All you have to do is swallow a spoonful of dry sugar and your hiccups should be cured!!!

Step 2: Drinking From the Opposite Side of the Glass

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This one can be a little tricky but once you get the hang of it you'll be using it again and again! First fill a glass with water then place your mouth on the far side of the glass tip your head over and try to drink all the water. Emphasis on "try."

Step 3: Hold Your Breath

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This one is really quite simple, just hold your breath for 30 seconds or so then slowly let it out. The picture below is not me it is someone I know.

Step 4: You Still Have the Hiccups!!!

If you have tried all of these and still can't get rid of your hiccups then I can't help. Maybe you should just sign up for Guinness Book of World Records. Who knows, maybe you'll win!


cepartin (author)2009-08-30

If you're at a bar (or happen to have lemons and bitters at home), this works great. I keep bitters around for this very purpose. Place a few dashes of aromatic bitters and about a tsp of sugar on the same side of one-quarter of a lemon. Put the lemon in your mouth sugar with the bitters and sugar touching as much of your tongue as possible. Close your mouth until your hiccups subside. It does work more often than not. This other trick is less pleasant: Inflate your lungs and keep inflating them without exhaling (much) until the spasm stops. My wife (a bonafide physician) can cure her own hiccups 100% of the time by doing this. With me, it works about 75% of the time.

steelnix (author)2009-02-26

An old bar trick.... When a "drunk" has the hiccups...half glass of cold water (no ice). Strike a regular paper match, drop in glass, chug glass of water... Works everytime... Don't know if its the sulphur or the fear of the match still lit and burning the lips...

Rock Soldier (author)steelnix2009-07-12

Do you drink the match?

Cartuner55 (author)2009-02-13

i have a PERFECT cure that helps all the time. grab a glass of water, raise both hands level with your shoulders, tip your head back, and drink the whole glass. It solves it all the time!!!!

crazycommanche=US= (author)2008-10-09

big glass of water then put a washcloth taut over the top of it then drink the whole thing its workded over 20 times for me now

rocksalt2342 (author)2008-03-19

what if you hiccup while holding your breath?

cormac3050 (author)rocksalt23422008-08-29

you have to start all over again...

rocksalt2342 (author)cormac30502008-08-29

that'll take forever to cure then!

PenSpinner (author)2008-08-06

OMG THANKS!! :D I hate hiccups :( I did the hold breath thing :D worked perfectly

zer6 (author)2008-07-22

I like the sugar cure : )

Vendigroth (author)2007-11-13

Hiccups are caused by spasms of the diaphragm muscle, so, by filling your lungs, you're stretching out the muscle, most probably causing it to relax and stop its twitchin' A bit like fixing a cramp by forcing the muscle to stretch, or that's what i think anyway.

MattyMumbles (author)2007-11-05

I learned, at a doctors visit with a random case of hiccups, that it is something to do with pressure in your lungs or something. the actual cure, she said, was to relieve the pressure by inhaling as much air as you can, then while holding it in, take in three more small breaths. This increases the pressure, and when you exhale, all will be gone. including your hiccups.

oinkoinkzoopals (author)2007-10-10

no offence but i dont see how any of these would cure the hiccups i believe there ways to destract you so you dont notice when they leave because after all hiccups are a twitching diaphram

The_EN6INEER (author)2007-09-13

Try pressing firmly into the hollow just above and between where your collar bones meet and the ribs begin. Press in and down with the tip of your thumb for about 10 seconds.

AdamK (author)2007-06-27

You should retake this picture. =)

Also, nothing about brown paper bags? That's usually the classic cure. Not bad, though!

trebuchet03 (author)2007-06-18

Please add an image to your intro step -- then republish.

sardines454 (author)trebuchet032007-06-18

i would be glad to, i just can't think of what to use, got an idea?

trebuchet03 (author)sardines4542007-06-18

Anything related will do -- even a picture from a previous step. Having the intro image will put an image next to your instructable when it gets published (which is why it's important) ;)

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