How to Cure Hiccups




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Have you ever gotten a horrible case of the hiccups. Like a chest throbbing case. Well the hiccups are an involuntary spasm of the diaphragm. Hiccups can range from minutes to years. The hiccups are often caused by eating to quickly, and wikipedia says that "taking a cold drink while eating a hot meal, eating very hot or spicy food, laughing vigorously or coughing, drinking an alcoholic beverage to excess, crying out loud (sobbing causes air to enter the stomach), some smoking situations where abnormal inhalation can occur (in tobacco or other smoke like cannabis, perhaps triggered by precursors to coughing, or in the case of cannabis, by precursors to laughter), or electrolyte imbalance." The average human hiccups 2.3 thousand times in an average lifetime and I am going to try to keep that number low using some methods I have found. Now I am going to show you many different methods I have used for curing the hiccups.

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Step 1: The First Step to Freedom

The First thing I always try to do is hold my breath. I take a deep breath of air and then plug my nose and wait until I can't any longer. I usually repeat this step several times. If this does not work try another method.

Step 2: An Other Method.

This is an other method for curing the hiccups. I take about half a sip of water in my mouth with out swallowing it and hold my breath with my nose closed. Repeat or try another method.

Step 3: Scare Tactics

Another Method is to have some one else try to stop your hiccups. The idea is to not focus on the hiccups but other things. One method is to have a person say " I will give you a snickers bar if you hiccup." Another technique is to have someone scare you by shouting at you when you do not expect it.

Step 4: H20

Another method for curing the hiccups is to drink a cup of water and swallow. Swallowing can take your mind of the hiccups.

Step 5: The Last Resort

Here are a few last resort options to get rid of the hiccups.
Find someone to crush the phrenic nerve which causes spasms of the diaphragm that cause the hiccups.
Take up Smoking. I don't recommend it but if you do have a chronic case it might be worth trying.
Read this wikihow and try all 44 methods for curing the hiccups.
Thanks for reading and hopefully you do not have the hiccups after reading this brief instructable.
If you have any questions feel free to comment. Also I don't have any pictures, because I thought all of these methods were pretty self explanatory but if you need a picture just ask.
Joe Rowley
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    13 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    try to force yourself to hiccup for about 5 minutes and dont eat for half an hour it works wonders.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    if you stick a fork in a mug then fill it with water and put your forehead on the fork and drink the mug whilst keeping your fore head on the fork handle


    11 years ago on Step 2

    If you look at the mouth of the glass closely it looks like it is pointing towards you and the far rim of the glass is against his nose =)

    I found a great cure a few years back on some website (I think it was and it makes perfect sense. Think about all those cures...what do they all have in common? After you perform whatever action the cure calls for, you do one thing: wait. You wait for the hiccups to come back, and they do not. I always just sit there and focus al of my attention on the hiccup. It NEVER comes.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    one time someone told me he can cure my hiccups he mentioned everything up there and without me doing anything but listening i was cured lol its true


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I had a big problem with hic ups until by accident my doctor put me on one of those new anti acid pills, to my surprise they went away, now if it starts I take some anti acid tablet like tums or malox and they will stop


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I can cure hiccups on demand by concentrating really hard, lowering my heart rate and breathing deeply.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I found the only thing that works for me is eating a teaspoon full of sugar.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I would add in one other comment to this. Anybody can take a deep breath. The one key issue I find that nobody does is to really "suck in your gut." Don't allow your diaphragm any room to move.

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