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cure for hiccups?

Asked by thankgodforbeef (373points) March 4th, 2008

there are a million, most are wives tails. what do you use? does it work and why?

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rubybooby's avatar

Take a drink of water and hold your breath for 15secs. Repeat.

ibanezfunk's avatar

swallow 5 times with out taking a breath.

sfgirl's avatar

Drink water through a straw while plugging your ears. Also a spoonful of sugar has helped me in the past as well, although that’s not always readily available.

Mtl_zack's avatar

hickups are caused by spasms in the diaghram, and apparently sugar stops this type of spasm( but not fake sugar, it has to be natural glucose)

issinoho's avatar

1 table spoon of vinegar. I guarantee it works.

brooklynmiles's avatar

This always works when I do it to other people; if someone says they have the hiccups, turn it back on them and say very stern that you don’t believe them,say (let me hear you hiccups,give me a big hiccups,come on, you can’t do it, try harder)yadayadayada. It is a mental thing I guess but it works. If you needvto getvrid of them on yourself, have someone do that back to you!

samkusnetz's avatar

i hold my breath as long as i possibly can. hiccups are caused by a sort of misfiring in the nerve that controls your diaphragm. by holding your breath, you give the breathing mechanism a chance to “reset”.

(ps. the nerve runs down the back of your throat. if you drink a lot of alcohol in one sitting, the liquor can soak through your esophagus and drench the nerve. this is why being drunk can give you the hiccups.)

cake7's avatar

Take some water hold it in your mouth then touch your toes and drink it. (basicly drink it upside down.) works for me.

gooch's avatar

Drink a glass of water while sucking it through a papertowel placed on top of the glass. It really works 100% of the time

zentype's avatar

this has always worked for me and everyone I’ve recommended to try it (even my 6 yr old niece)

1. Hold your breath as long as you can
2. When you almost are reaching your limit, drink a glass of water as fast as you (safely) can.
3. Resume breathing
4. Enjoy you new hiccup free life style

Note: Please don’t over do it. Hold your breath as long as you reasonably can. You don’t want to choke on the water :)

It has *never failed.

UponMidnight's avatar

I have found that just concentrating my thoughts on something else help me relax and stops the spasms. I just count slowly in my head.

thankgodforbeef's avatar

@zentype: Haha, you left out an Astrix so it looks like there is a catch. Like when things are free*.

scamp's avatar

Stimulate you phrenic nerve by vigorously rubbing the roof of your mouth, just behind the ridges that you feel behind your teeth.

My brother was a quadrepeligic, and couldn’t breathe on his own. he was the first person to have a phrenic Nerve pacemaker surgically installed. Before they did the surgery, they tested him to see if he would be a good candidate. They put electrodes on his phrenic nerve and he hiccupped, showing them that the nerve was still intact enough for the pacer to help him breathe. Somewhere I heard about stimulating this nerve 9wheich ends in the roof of your mouth) to cure hiccups. it made sense to me because of what happened with my brohter, so I tried it. it has worked every time!! You can read more about this here

LouisianaGirl's avatar

1. hold your breath for 20 seconds
2. drink a cup of water
3. stand on your head for 15 seconds(really works!!!)

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