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  It is a normal body reaction that has happened to all of us since we were babies. We all get Hiccups every once in a while, regardless of age. Some people might have not give it much thought and it might go away as sudden as it came, but hiccups can be annoying and severe in some people. There has been reported cases of persistent hiccups that has lasted for days, and even for decades in one extremely rare and particular case.

Hiccups are the result of a sudden, involuntary muscle contraction of the diaphragm, which is located between the thorax and the abdomen. The diaphragm is a muscle that is located between the thorax and abdomen, and is the main muscle in charge of respiration. Thanks to the movement of the diaphragm, we fill and empty of air our lungs. Hiccups occur when our diaphragm is suffering from a rapid, involuntary contraction that makes us suddenly and involuntarily gasp for air. As this respiratory motion is not intentional, our vocal cords - also unintentionally, is suddenly closed, preventing the entry of air, causing the familiar sound of hiccups.

The average hiccups last a few minutes, disappearing spontaneously or after some practices, such as drinking ice water or hold your breath. In some people, the hiccups may take several minutes to disappear. Common hiccups rarely have any clinical significance, without requiring medical evaluation.

Rarely does an episode of hiccups lasts several hours. When hiccups last longer than 48 hours is called persistent hiccups. When lasts more than a month is called long-term hiccups. Both types of hiccups are usually caused by a disease and should always be evaluated by a physician.

Common cases of hiccups are not considered medical problems and do not require specific treatment, since they last usually a few minutes, disappearing as sudden as it arrived. However, no one likes to have hiccups and most people look  for a way to shorten the crisis. With hiccups, it tends to occur that irritation of the diaphragm, or the nerves, some simple practices that stimulate at least one of these two structures, serve to abort the crisis. Many of the homemade solutions for hiccups really work and presented scientific basis. For example:

When we have a scare, we suddenly the release of a hormone called adrenaline that, among hundreds of other actions, acts directly on the contraction of the diaphragm.

When we retain the air and stayed some seconds without breathing, the level of the gas carbon dioxide (C02) in the blood rises, which is a strong stimulus for the brain activate the nerves of the diaphragm, forcing him to shrink.

When we drink ice water, the vagus nerve, which acts on the diaphragm, but that they also detract from the throat to the stomach, is stimulated by the sudden change in temperature.

Next time you have a case of the hiccups, drink a glass of cold water and hold your breath for a couple of minutes, if it doesn’t do anything right away, wait a couple of minutes and try again.

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