What Causes the Hiccups - These are the Possible Reasons that You are Hiccuping (singultus)


What Causes the Hiccups - These are the Possible Reasons that You are Hiccuping (singultus)

GERD


Hiccups can also be related to the very common condition called GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). “GERD hiccups can be a vicious cycle, with GERD leading to hiccups and hiccups making GERD worse,” explains Dr. Wishingrad. Hiccups can, in fact, sometimes say a lot about your health.

Eating too fast

Hiccups (singultus) are a very common condition that almost always resolves in a few minutes to a few hours—but if you need a little help getting rid of them, here are nine easy tricks for curing the hiccups. According to a gastroenterologist , “The main cause is usually related to eating—either too fast, too much, or too irritating (spicy foods or foods that are too hot or cold),” “Prevention, essentially, is learning to eat slowly and not over-indulge. Not easy!”

Your emotional state


 emotional stress—or excitement—can lead to hiccups. When you feel that adrenaline start to pump or your heart rate rise, remember to breathe! Try Some relaxation techniques.

Bad habits


Drinking alcohol and smoking aren’t only bad habits, they can often cause hiccups according to family medicine . Kick the smoking habit with these 23 ways to stop smoking now.


Surgery


According to South Florida cardiologists , in some cases, abdominal surgery can cause hiccups as well as tumors of the belly or central nervous system (these are typically intractable) or strokes. “If your symptoms do not abate within several hours it’s always good advice to see your doctor.”

Hiccups that last more than 48 hours


These are defined as persistent hiccups and a doctor should always be consulted. “Causes can include the aforementioned GERD, medication side effects, neurological diseases, as well as various infections, as well as cancer, though the latter is rare,” says Dr. Wishingrad.

Medical treatment


If you’re looking for a quick fix, there are some hiccup remedies. If, however, you have persistent hiccups, Doctors. says treatments include acid blocking medication, as well as medications that affect the nervous system, such as Thorazine, baclofen, and neurontin. “There are minor surgical procedures (such as nerve blocks) that can be done if medication doesn’t work.”




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