It seems that hiccups show themselves at the worst possible times and they can seem impossible to get rid of. Beauty ‘N Fashion has come up with some handy tips on how to quickly get rid of your hiccups!
Try any of these tips the next time you get the hiccups:
- The first thing you can try is covering your nose and mouth with your hand, and make sure to breathe normally. Giving yourself a little carbon dioxide can help you quell your annoying hiccups quickly. But make sure to not sustain this for too long. You do need oxygen, after all.
- Another thing you can try is pressing the palm of one of your hands with the other one, harder is typically better. If this doesn’t seem to be working, take your one hand and squeeze the ball of your left thumb with your other thumb and forefinger. Doing so will create a distracting discomfort that will affect your nervous system and alleviate your hiccups.
- Old faithful, try holding your breath! Doing so contains the carbon dioxide in your lungs and in turn, makes your diaphragm relax.
- Just like singers, stick out your tongue. Actors also stimulate their vocal cords this way. You should find that your breathing becomes smoother and the spasms from your hiccups should stop as well.
- When you get hiccups next, stick your fingers in your ears for about 20-30 seconds. If you don’t like the feeling of fingers in your ears, try pressing the soft area behind your earlobes, which is located just below the skull. This is your vagus nerve and it should send a signal to your brain to relax your diaphragm.
- Just like when you are trying to control hyperventilating, reach for a paper bag and breathe deeply and slowly into it. If you start to feel light headed, stop immediately. Just like the hand cupping method, doing this increases the carbon dioxide levels in your body and bloodstream. Thus, making your diaphragm deeply contract and allowing more oxygen to get into your body.
- A stranger technique, considering we are trying to stop hiccups, but massage your neck the next time you are struck with the hiccups. You are aiming to rub the carotid arteries on both the right and left side of your neck.
- This next tip is best done when you are in a comfortable sitting position. Once comfortable, hug your knees for about 2 minutes. This action is compressing your diaphragm and chest and should quell your spasms.
- Chug back some water. Ideally, try taking about 9 or 10 quick little sips of water in a continuous row. Taking these gulps in a rhythmic manner is contracting your esophagus, which should stop the spasms in your diaphragm. Alternatively, if this isn’t working for you, place a paper towel over the top of the water glass and attempt to drink the water through the paper towel. The effort in the extra pulling to suck back the water will help distract your spasms.
- If all else fails to stop your pesky hiccups, try plugging your ears while taking gulps of water. If you are by yourself, you can do this with a straw. Simply plug your ears with your fingers and take those gulps through the straw. You can also try adding in pressing on the vagus nerve, all at the same time.
- Eating something sweet is one of the more pleasant home remedies you can try. Just like Marry Poppins said “a spoonful of sugar helps the hiccups go away!” well, maybe she didn’t say that exactly but it works, none-the-less. Take a nice spoon of sugar and eat it! The granulated texture irritates your esophagus slightly and will cause a reset in the phrenic nerves.
- A less liked method is swallowing a teaspoon of vinegar. But give it a try at least once to see if it works for you!
- A tastier option is to eat a big spoonful of peanut butter! This is a classic hiccup cure to try out, especially if you like peanut butter. During the process of all that chewing and trying to get it unstuck from your teeth, you are actually changing your breathing and swallowing patterns, which is interrupting your hiccups enough to make them stop.
- Hot sauce to the rescue! Eat some hot sauce when you have hiccups. The burning sensation should be enough to distract your body from hiccupping.
- Perhaps something a little sweeter? Get some warm water and add in a teaspoon of honey. Place this on the back of your tongue and swallow. This is going to tickle the vagus nerve, allowing the hiccups to stop. As an added bonus, eating honey can heal ulcers, soothe coughs, and can help fight infections.
- Something even tastier that you can try is chocolate! The one thing with this method is that you have to eat powdered chocolate. This can either be a drink mix of cocoa powder or Ovaltine. Get a spoon full of the powder and eat it from the spoon. You will have difficulty swallowing it, which is the point and should be able to get rid of your hiccups.
- If you like the taste of dill, you’re going to like this trick. This is a traditional cure and all you have to do is get a teaspoon of dill seeds and slowly chew on them. Slowly chewing and swallowing the seeds activates the vagus nerve and will make your hiccups stop.
- Our last popular remedy suggestion is to suck or bite on a lemon wedge. If you have the ingredient, get a lemon wedge and soak it in non-alcoholic bitters. Your hiccups should disappear!
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Here at Beauty ‘N Fashion, we know how annoying hiccups can be and how difficult it can seem to get rid of them. We hope that one of our 18 home remedy tips will be able to help you out the next time you are ailed with the dreaded hiccups. If you are looking for any more helpful Lifestyle Tips, head over to our website and check them all out. We also offer helpful Beauty and Fashion tips as well. Enjoy reading!
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