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What actually causes hiccups?

Really, does anyone know what causes hiccups? I know how to get rid of them but I was just sitting here going thru CM Answers and I have a strong case of the hiccups. I was not eating or drinking anything either.


Asked by marchar2002 at 11:26 PM on Oct. 15, 2010 in Health

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  • It occur when a spasm contracts the diaphragm, a large sheet of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. This spasm causes an intake of breath that is suddenly stopped by the closure of the vocal cords glottis. This closure causes the characteristic "hiccup" sound.What makes causes hiccups a very full stomach can cause bouts of hiccups that go away on their own. A full stomach can be caused by. 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.Emotional stress or excitement.

    Answer by iNk-FrEaK at 11:30 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • hiccups usually occur from consuming soft drinks,alcohol , dry breads or even spicy food. a bout of laughter or eating too fast can also cause them to occur. my daughter usually gets them when becoming excited ( the laughter) and i get them if i eat too fast or drink soft drink..
    hope this helps you

    Answer by Weldo1983 at 11:31 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • Usually - your stomach moving up into your diaphragm, but it can be other things.

    Answer by at 11:31 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • Hiccups usually stop within a few minutes to a few hours.Hiccups that last longer than 48 hours are called persistent hiccups. Hiccups that last longer than a month are called intractable hiccups. While very rare, intractable hiccups can cause exhaustion, lack of sleep, and weight loss. Both persistent and intractable hiccups may be a sign of a more serious health problem and must be checked by a doctor. Most bouts of hiccups go away on their own within a few minutes to a few hours and do not require any treatment.Many home remedies are used to treat hiccups. Most of them involve increasing the level of carbon dioxide in the blood, which usually stops hiccups. Some of these remedies include. Holding your breath and counting slowly to 10.Breathing repeatedly into a paper bag for a limited period of time.Quickly drinking a glass of cold water.Eating a teaspoon of sugar or honey.

    Answer by iNk-FrEaK at 11:32 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

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