How To How to Get Rid of Hiccups Easily

How to Get Rid of Hiccups Easily


There are a number of common misconceptions related to hiccups about their causes and their remedies. One of the most common misconceptions include, hiccups are caused when a close friend or relative misses you. But in reality, hiccups are sudden and involuntary spasms on our diaphragm muscles. When this muscle spasms, the vocal cords shut which results in the hiccup sounds.

The hiccups can arrive in the most unexpected situations and it is quite embarrassing when they arrive during serious or silent places. So here, we come up with 10 ways to get rid of the hiccups quickly.

1. Accupressure

Press the middle of your palm using the thumb of your other hand. Press the palm as hard as you can. You can also squeeze the ball of your thumb between your right thumb and forefinger.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups fast

2. Holding your Breath

The next time you have hiccups, take a deep breath and hold it. As the amount of carbon dioxide increases in your lungs, you diaphragm muscles relax. You can also increase the amount of carbon dioxide by breathing in a paper bag.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups fast
Closeup on teenager holding breath

3. Stick the Tongue Out

If you are at a comfortable space and alone, stick your tongue out. When you do this, you breathe more smoothly letting your diaphragm muscles to relax.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups fast
Woman stick ones tongue out isolated in white

4. Plug your Ears

Next time when you have hiccups, you can try plugging your ears using either cotton balls or ear plugs or just simply sticking your fingers in them for 20 to 30 seconds. This sends a relax signal to the brain which ceases the hiccups.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups fast

5. Eat Something Sweet

Although there is not scientific evidence for this hack but this hack does prove useful a couple of times. To stop the hiccups, you can eat the spoonful of sugar. It is believed that the grainy texture of the sugar irritates the esophagus which, in turn, stops the hiccups.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups fast

6. Drink Water

This is an age old remedy to get rid of hiccups quickly. Take a minimum of nine to ten quick gulps of water. The rhythmic gulping will create contractions in esophagus which will override the spasms of diaphragm.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups fast

7. Peanut Butter

If you have a jar of peanut butter lying around, then nothing could be best than this remedy. Take a spoonful of peanut butter and eat it. The chewing and swallowing will disrupt the breathing pattern and will help you get rid of hiccups quickly.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups fast

8. Massage your Neck

One of the strangest techniques to get rid of hiccups is to massage your neck. Gently massage or rub the carotid arteries on the left and right side of you neck. This increases the chances of hiccups to stop.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups fast

9. Hug your Knees

Sit on the floor comfortably and then bring you knees and chest closer by hugging your knees and sit like that for almost two minutes. Compressing you chest like this can help stopping the hiccups.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups fast

10. Suck on Lemon

Having something sour can also help you get rid of hiccups and nothing can beat lemon in that. Cut a lemon into wedge and suck it. This remedy was successful in 14 out of 16 cases.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups fast

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