Thursday, March 15, 2012

Body Q&A: Hiccups

  What Are Hiccups and How Do I Stop Them?


  A hiccup is an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm and the muscles between your ribs.
 Short-term hiccuping is called a "bout" and usually results from overeating or carbonated drinks, but can also be caused by stress, excitement, or too much alcohol.

  Traditional remedies for bouts include holding your breath, sipping very cold water, gargling, swallowing a teaspoon of dry sugar, or leaning forward to compress your chest.

 If your hiccups last more than 48 hours see your physician.
An underlying problem such as gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) may be causing them.


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