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Why Continuous Hiccups are Dangerous! Home Remedies for Hiccups


Grandma used to say that getting hiccups is normal since it means someone is thinking about you. It has been proven true.

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Continuous hiccupping for over 2 days is not normal. During those days you would notice you are getting 4-6 times hiccups per minute. You do not know how to stop the hiccups. It has been observed that acute hiccups start for no reason and go away after some time. You need to worry when you experience this or similar situation. If are wondering how to get rid of your hiccupping, then you should consult a doctor.

There are times when some people experience intractable hiccups lasting for over a month. According to experts, persistent hiccups (lasting for over 2 days) and intractable hiccups (lasting for over a month) indicate poor health conditions. Regular hiccups have no negative impact on any individual. However, persistent and acute hiccups can affect the quality of one’s personal and professional life.

Common causes of hiccups

Hiccups can be triggered by heavy meal, stress, anxietyconsumption of alcohol, smoking and spicy food. It can also be caused due to the consumption of certain drugs.

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What cause Continuous Hiccups?

People get intractable hiccups because of abnormal underlying health conditions. It has been observed that intractable hiccups occur due to blood clotting in lungs and/or arthritis. In most cases, this blood clotting is found at the joint connecting collarbone to breast bone.

Physicians recommend drugs like baclofen, metoclopramide, gabapentin, haloperidol and chlorpromazine for treating hiccups including the root causes. According to medical experts, there is no formal treatment for intractable hiccups. Yet, many doctors treat intractable hiccups recommending treatments based on their experience and anecdotal evidence.

How to stop Continuous hiccups?

7 Simple natural home remedies for hiccups

1.  Drink a glass of cold water with 1 tablespoon honey in one quick sip.

2.  Inhale (breathe in) deeply. Hold it for as long as you can. Exhale slowly. Repeat these steps until hiccups stop.

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3.  Keep one teaspoon of sugar in mouth and hold it there for at least 30 seconds. Allow the sugar to dissolve completely instead of chewing it. Drink some water over this.

4.  Mix one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with some honey and swallow it immediately. It will bring hiccups under control.

5.  Place a paper bag tightly around your mouth. Slowly inhale or breathe in and exhale or breathe out of the paper bag. In case you feel lightheaded, discontinue this process of stopping hiccups. People suffering from heart ailments and problems should not try this method.

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6.  Drink one teaspoon of vinegar or apple cider vinegar and a glass of water over it. The sour taste of vinegar will take your mind off the hiccups and it will stop.

7.  Eat one teaspoon of peanut butter.

8.  Eat a green olive. The pungent, bitter and sour taste of green olive will stop hiccups.

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