Kw-logo-smaller

About the Hiccups

Why do we hic-hic-hiccup? What causes 'em? Here's some general information about hiccups that you might not know.

The Hiccup Down Low

When you hiccup, your diaphragm and nearby muscles convulse, causing you to briefly gulp air. Within 35 milliseconds, the glottis (the opening at the top of the air passage) slams shut, producing that familiar sound of the "hic." Some of us talented people can cure the hiccups right away, but if you hiccup more than seven times you'd better settle in for a bumpy ride. Once started, you'll usually hiccup 63 times or more. Maybe a lot more. Poor Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!

What Causes Them?

Hiccups are usually a reaction to your stomach and digestive system getting wonky. This happens when you eat too much, drink bubbly drinks like soda, or swallow too much air. Some people get the hiccups for no reason at all. Other things that cause hiccups include skull fracture, epilepsy, tuberculosis and believe it or not, constipation (not being able to poop).

Common Cures for the Hiccups

Unlike sneezing, farting, burping, etc., hiccups don't serve any purpose. They're just annoying and pointless! So how do you get rid of hiccups? Which remedy works best? Home remedies are usually based on the idea that you have to disrupt the hiccup cycle. Remedies include holding your breath, breathing into a bag, pulling your tongue, sudden fright, or - get this - eating sugar. Just drinking water, if done soon enough, might wash down a chunk of food in the throat that's pressing against a nerve.

If these fail, a doctor could prescribe the drug chlorpromazine, tickle the pharynx with a hollow flexible tube through the nose, or use hypnosis or acupuncture. Not doing the trick? You could use extreme measures. In 1833, it was recommended that you blister or burn the skin above the phrenic nerve on the neck and back. Ouch! There are endless sites with the "perfect cure" for hiccups, so the next time you "hic" head over to this site for a cure!

Related Stories:
27 Comments

latest videos

F1142274089140

What's Most Embarrasing?

  • Having super loud hiccups.
  • Farting in front of someone you like.
  • Having food stuck in your teeth.
  • Getting busted picking your nose.

related stories

Micro_a m
Everyone wants to be a superstar athlete, however there is a lot of competition these days to mak...
Micro_aa micro
What’s your ideal weight? The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a mathematical equation that is supposed t...
Micro_a micro
If you are an athlete, what you eat is just as important as anything you do to become better at w...

Dear Dish-It in the forums

Harmonia
Harmonia posted in Family Issues:
My mom. She utterly hates me and whenever we fight she not only takes all my things away in a rage so I can't talk to anyone online, she screams about how I'm stupid, lazy and a horrible person and other similar bad stuff. Thanks for the self esteem boost Mom (:
reply about 1 hour
Nate-Forever-Always
My mom can be really scary and persuasive when she wants something done and if we don't do it, you better WATCH OUT!!!
reply about 1 hour
JustAnotherAnaPro
Ok so, my dad caught me rocking out to Fade and now I'm grounded because the only reason I know that band is because of Deadman Wonderland and I'm not allowed to watch anime at my dad's house. And idk. So now I'm grounded.
reply about 1 hour
Nate-Forever-Always
My best friend is actually my girlfriend now. We were besties since Kindergarten and we never really looked at each other as anything more than friends until recently.  To be honest, it's probably been the best relationship I've had in my life so far and we have only been dating for over a month! She is the best thing to ever happen to me
reply about 2 hours
Nate-Forever-Always
My brother committed suicide just last Saturday because he gave up on life. No matter how hard I tried to help him or to figure out what was wrong (even though he acted like everything was okay) he still went through with it. I don't think anybody should go through something like that. If you feel sad or lonely or as if life is against you and you have suicide thoughts, you should go talk to someone, even if it has to be your friends or a family member because somebody ALWAYS cares about you. You'll always come out of life with a scar but that's what makes it worth the fight, so keep fighting and never give up (:
reply about 2 hours

play online games