Hiccups: causes

The most common causes of hiccups in a healthy person are:
- hypothermia (especially at children of early age);
- the consumption of carbonated beverages;
- overeating (if the food is hard and dry);
- excess alcohol in the body;
- stressful situations.

The usual hiccups is held for 5-20 minutes. In turn, hiccup, the duration of which exceeds 48 hours may be a symptom of any serious disease. The cause can be:
- encephalitis;
- laryngitis;
- diabetes;
- pleurisy;
multiple sclerosis;
- stroke;
- traumatic brain injury;
- damage or irritation to the phrenic/vagus nerve etc.

Accordingly, in the case of long-term debilitating hiccups urgently need to undergo a medical examination.

How to get rid of hiccups folk ways

If you began the usual hiccups, you may try to get rid of it using traditional methods. Take a deep breath, hold your breath and try as hard as possible to compress the diaphragm using the muscles of the chest. When the diaphragm relaxes and gradually ceases to decline. The longer you can last in this condition, the better your chances of quick relief from hiccups.

Try to drink plain drinking water in small SIPS, holding his nose with his fingers. The throat must be done often and without interruption. After about 25 SIPS the hiccups should stop. You can also use the method which has long been used ballerina with his hands behind his back, slightly bend forward and then quick gulps drink water from a Cup that's being held in the hands of another person.

Another popular remedy is chamomile tea. However, this method requires time to brew drink - about 30 minutes. Chamomile contains substances that can relax the muscle system and stop the contraction of the diaphragm, which are the main cause of hiccups.

The following advice will not work for everyone – to stop hiccups, try to get on hands. Or lie on the bed so that your head ended up far below the level of the diaphragm. This method is quite effective.

What would you choose for yourself method, remember that natural hiccup lasts 5 to 20 minutes. If it is higher than normal, immediately contact for medical help.