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03-13-09, 04:03 PM #1
What cures do you have for the Hiccups?
I had the worst case of Hiccups in my life today. I tried drinking out of a glass upsidedown, tried holding my breath, my wife even put sugar on my tongue. It was driving me crazy so I went to google.
He is what I found on google and IT WORKED. I have never tried this cure but it worked.
30-Second Hiccup Cure
Step 1: Start by inhaling through your mouth until your lungs feel full (when it feels like you cannot inhale any more). For overall best results, try to do this as quickly as you can. DO NOT LET ANY AIR OUT.
Step 2: Swallow. You are not really swallowing anything but it seems that without this act, it doesnít work. DO NOT LET ANY AIR OUT.
Step 3: Now inhale some more. You donít need to inhale a lot, but do get some more air in. It will start to get difficult to do this as you go, but keep trying. You obviously canít suck in as much air as you did initially, but just a little will do (think of it as taking a ďsipĒ of air). DO NOT LET ANY AIR OUT.
Step 4: Swallow again. This too will start to get difficult as you go. DO NOT LET ANY AIR OUT.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you cannot swallow again. While it seems you can almost always suck in just a little more air, it is the swallowing that gets to be impossible. When you feel like you cannot swallow again, swallow again anyway. It will be hard to do, your face will probably turn red, and you may make squeaking sounds. But you CAN swallow one last time. By this time, your lungs should also be quite full and it should be difficult to get much more air in as well. While you should try not to let any air out, if you have really repeated steps 3 and 4 as many times as you can, you probably will end up letting a little out before you can take that last swallow. If you find that air keeps escaping out of your nose even early in the process, try squeezing it shut with your fingers.
Step 6: Exhale.
If done correctly, the whole process should take around 30 seconds, and your hiccups will be gone. This has never failed me, and from the testimonials below, it seems to work for many people. I believe that for those that it doesnít work for, they are not repeating steps 3 and 4 as many times as they can. When you think you cannot possibly swallow again, try to do it anyway; same goes for inhaling. It also seems that not letting any air out during the process is important. If you hiccup while trying to do this, try not to exhale after the hiccup (the hiccup will force more air IN, working with you). If you do let air out, itís best to start over from step 1. It has also been reported by one visitor of this site that it seemed to work better standing (particularly as opposed to laying down), but I have done it successfully both standing and sitting down. Your experience may vary.
I have been doing this many years, and it always works for me. This is similar to another cure I have heard, which is to hold your breath. That alone has never worked for me. Somehow I got the idea to add swallowing to it, and the result was success. An interesting side-effect is that (for me at least) for around 15 or 20 seconds after doing this, you feel like you want to hiccup, but it never happens. Iím not sure if this is because you expect to hiccup again or what, but the nice thing is the hiccups do not return.
If you have tried this and it doesnít work, I suggest repeating steps 3 and 4 at least one more time than you were able to originally. And of course, while it does seem to work for almost everyone I have told, it is possible that it wonít work for everybody. Although I personally feel that the problem is not the method, but rather the execution of it; of course Iím a bit biased.
03-13-09, 04:11 PM #2
Thankfully I don't get them very often, but when I do get them I get them bad.
They have lasted for me up to over an hour before. Nothing I have tried ever worked as far as getting rid of them, short of holding my breath till I pass out.
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03-13-09, 04:15 PM #3
Take a deep breath, hold it in, and hold my nose while drinking a glass of water. Works every time.*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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03-13-09, 05:05 PM #4
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03-14-09, 08:07 AM #5
03-14-09, 10:48 AM #6
Tourniquet around the neck always works for me.
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03-14-09, 04:31 PM #8
03-14-09, 04:43 PM #9
Couple shots of angostora bitters on a lime wedge, then bite into it - brings immediate relief.
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03-14-09, 05:24 PM #10
I plug my ears while drinking a glass of water by picking it up with my teeth. It's worked for me since I was a kid.The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
03-14-09, 05:36 PM #11
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03-16-09, 01:01 PM #14
The inhaling works because hiccups are a muscle spasm of the diaphragm. All you really need to do is hold in as much air as possible (to the point of pain) for as long as possible which puts pressure on the muscle causing the spasm to subside.
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