How to Get Rid of Hiccups: 15 Tricks That Could Work

By | April 23, 2019

These spasms of your diaphragm muscle are not harmful, but until you find a hiccups cure, they can drive you nuts. So when you’re desperate to know how to get rid of hiccups, try these tricks.

What are hiccups?

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Hiccups occur when your diaphragm spasms or contracts briefly closing your vocal cords and making the signature hiccup noise, according to Mayo Clinic. Anything from overeating or drinking carbonated beverages to swallowing air while chewing gum could cause hiccups. Although science knows what a hiccup is, scientific hiccup remedies are more of an enigma. There isn’t tons of research on the effectiveness of hiccup remedies, but many have years of anecdotal evidence. Some of the popular treatments could stimulate nerves connected to your diaphragm. Here are the tricks for how to get rid of hiccups that might be worth a try.

Swallow something sweet

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A spoonful of sugar is a popular hiccups cure because its graininess could slightly irritate the esophagus or stimulate the vagus nerve, according to some research. A spoonful of sugar was found to be effective in 19 out of 20 patients. With this easy hack in mind, beware that more than the occasional hiccup could also be warning signs of these 8 other health problems.

…Or something sour

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One study found that sour compounds, like those found in vinegar, relieve hiccups. A little might go a long way, so try just a drop or teaspoonful of vinegar on your tongue.

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