Quick Cure For Hiccups

Learn how to cure yourself of hiccups by swallowing sugar, drinking water, or reaching for a paperbag.

Hiccups, though slightly embarrassing, are rarely cause for concern. To date, there are no known preventive measures to keep hiccups at bay, but there are many steps you can take to help relieve symptoms and quiet the body.


Hiccups result from repeated, involuntary spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm. No one is immune to hiccups, including unborn babies, who often hiccup in the womb. Men are slightly more susceptible to hiccups than women.


A quick sound emitted by mouth after a spasm in the diaphragm.

Quick, sharp intakes of air.

Involuntary closing of the muscles in the back of the throat for short bursts of time.



Stressful situations.

Excessive intake of air.

Swallowing spicy substances.

Drinking hot fluids.


Use of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Sore throat.

Laughing, crying, yelling or other intense emotions.

Carbonated beverages.

Nerve irritation to breathing muscles in the brain.

Sudden change in temperature.

Overeating or overindulging.


HOLD your breath for 10 seconds.

DRINK an entire glass of water without breathing.

SWALLOW a teaspoon of dry, white sugar.

BREATHE into a paper bag for 2-minutes, re-breathing the air inside the bag.

USING your thumb, apply gentle pressure to the space between your teeth and upper lip. Using the index finger of the same hand, apply pressure just below the right nostril on the outside of the lip.

PLACE one finger in each ear and count to twenty.

CLOSE your eyes and apply slow, gentle pressure to the outside of the eyelids, over the eyeballs.

DRINK one cup of juice rapidly.


Most cases of hiccups are self-limiting and disappear within a short period of time. Hiccup episodes which continue for more than 8-hours, may require physician's treatment. Though hiccups are rarely dangerous, debilitating cases which do not respond to traditional treatment measures are often treated with surgery. The surgical procedure involves severing the phrenic nerve. Continuous bouts of hiccups can also sometimes be an indication of disease elsewhere in the body.

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