Hiccups can be caused by many things, some of which are unknown, and others that can be identified, such as an expanding stomach. Hiccups can make you feel uncomfortable and irritated. The best method to avoid this is to know the things that can cause hiccups. However, the cause is sometimes unavoidable.
Method 1 of 3: Consuming Food or Drink
Step 1. Consume soft drinks
Carbonated water, soda, and other fizzy drinks can make you hiccup. Increase the chance of hiccups by drinking them quickly.
Step 2. Eat dry food and don't drink
Eating dry foods, such as biscuits or bread quickly without gulping down a drink can also make you hiccup. Shifts in fluid balance can upset the diaphragm.
Step 3. Eat spicy food
Eating foods that are spicier than usual can irritate the nerves in your throat and stomach, which can lead to hiccups. Remember, eating foods that are spicier than usual can also make your stomach feel heartburn.
Not everyone experiences the same effects
Step 4. Alternate the temperature of the drink you consume
Sudden changes in stomach temperature can sometimes make you hiccup. This can happen when you drink a hot drink followed by a cold drink. You can get the same effect by eating hot and cold food quickly and sequentially.
This action can cause permanent tooth damage due to cracking of tooth enamel. Don't make this a habit, and never do it if your teeth are filled with porcelain, or your teeth are sensitive or painful when exposed to cold or hot food
Step 5. Consume large amounts of alcoholic beverages
Heavy hangovers have long been associated with hiccups. Old cartoons often depict a person who is very drunk and has difficulty speaking who has occasional hiccups.
Method 2 of 3: Getting Hiccups in Other Ways
Step 1. Swallow large amounts of air
Inhale a large amount of air, then cover your mouth, and swallow the air. This is the only method that has proven successful based on research conducted by a team, which believes that hiccups can occur due to the body's reaction to expelling large amounts of food from the esophagus.
- You can simulate this by chewing and swallowing a large loaf of bread. It is not recommended to do this with other foods (especially if there are a lot of them) as they can cause you to choke.
- Don't do it too often as it can make you feel uncomfortable and bloated.
Step 2. Force yourself to burp
Some people get hiccups by burping repeatedly on purpose. You can get the same effect by rapidly sucking air into the back of your throat. Do not overstimulate the glottis (valve at the back of the throat) by closing and opening it rapidly. This movement is the same as when you have a hiccup. So you can get hiccups by deliberately stimulating your glottis.
The glottis activates when you say "uh oh". Be aware of the pressure that occurs when you burp or scream as a singing technique. Knowing where the glottis is and when to stimulate it will reduce the chances of developing pressure on the glottis
Step 3. Take a shower by changing the temperature suddenly
Sudden changes in temperature can stimulate certain nerves that will trigger hiccups. This technique is similar to the one previously described, namely by consuming foods and drinks with contrasting temperature differences.
Changes in temperature can make your skin itchy and swollen
Step 4. Trigger emotions suddenly
Feelings of nervousness and excitement are the types of emotions that are likely to trigger hiccups. This method is probably the least reliable because most people only experience occasional hiccups even though their moods are always fluctuating. However, if you watch movies, play video games, exercise, or do other activities that make you happy, scared, or nervous, these conditions can cause hiccups.
Method 3 of 3: Linking Hiccups to Medical Disorders
Step 1. Understand that hiccups can occur when a person has indigestion
Many gastrointestinal conditions, such as colitis, intestinal obstruction, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, can cause hiccups. This type of disease can occur due to lack of fiber intake, lack of exercise, frequent travel, excessive consumption of dairy products, stress, and pregnancy.
Step 2. Know that hiccups can occur due to a respiratory condition
Some of these conditions include pleurisy (inflammation of the chest lining), asthma, and pneumonia (pneumonia). The tension in the respiratory system will affect the diaphragm, which can lead to hiccups. Respiratory conditions can be caused by several things, such as:
- Inhalation of toxic substances (cigarette smoke, oil vapours, etc.)
Step 3. Know that hiccups can be caused by a brain disorder
Traumatic brain injury, stroke, and brain tumors can cause hiccups. Even hiccups can also be caused by brain disorders due to psychological and internal factors when someone experiences grief, joy, anxiety, stress, hysterics, and shock.