By: Elena Grace Flores
Hiccups are involuntary spasms of the diaphragm that create gulping sounds. Eating too much or too fast can trigger the occurrence of hiccups, so as consuming very hot or cold foods and beverages or even drinking carbonated beverages. Cold showering, entering or leaving a hot or cold room, allowing surprising excitement and stressing out can also result to this quite embarrassing condition – although not a health risk.
If they last longer than 24 hours, hiccups may be a sign of another condition or injury. You should see your health care provider if you experience prolonged hiccupping. Home remedies are usually the primary treatment for hiccups, although no one is really sure how well they work. Hiccup home remedies include sneezing, being suddenly frightened, holding your breath, gargling, drinking pineapple juice, drinking water rapidly, sipping ice water or swallowing dry granulated sugar. These activities may help by altering breathing patterns. Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/the-ups-and-downs-of-the-hiccups/qxc295130
According to drugstore.com: Doctors may recommend prescription medicines to treat hiccups that last longer than a day. Drugs that may help include chlorpromazine (Thorazine®), baclofen (Lioresal®), metoclopramide (Reglan®), valproic acid (Depakote®), haloperidol (Haldol®), and nifedipine (Procardia®). Researchers believe these medicines work by affecting nerves in the diaphragm that are involved in causing spasms; however, doctors usually only prescribe these medicines if the hiccups are severe due to the lethargic side effects of some of these drugs.