No myths: True causes of Hiccups


How many times have you seen this in the movies that the “drunk,” is telling his sad tale to the bartender . And every other word is punctuated with an involuntary spasm of the shoulders and a short, squeaking noise — a hiccup.

Ever wonder why we get the hiccups? Are those myths associated with hiccups really true?

The reason we hiccup is unknown its natural. Physiologically, Hiccupping is a complex reflex , a sudden contraction or spasm of the diaphragm and the muscles between the ribs makes you inhale quickly and involuntarily. It ends with “glottic closure” — the space in the throat near the vocal cords snaps shut, producing the typical sound.

Causes of Hiccups:

A very full stomach can cause bouts of hiccups that go away on their own. A full stomach can be caused by:

  • Emotional stress or excitement.
  • Eating too much food too quickly.
  • Drinking too much alcohol.
  • Swallowing too much air.
  • Smoking.
  • A sudden change in stomach temperature, such as drinking a hot beverage and then a cold beverage.

What’s normal:

It is not easy to define “normal” hiccups. But the average are shown below:

  • A bout of hiccups — Having hiccups on and off for up to 48 hours
  • Persistent hiccups — Hiccups that last more than 48 hours but less than one month
  • Intractable hiccups — Hiccups lasting two months or more

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