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9 Quick Cures for Hiccups

Home remedies for those annoying hiccups.

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    Swallow something sweet.

     A spoonful of sugar is popular because its graininess could slightly irritate the esophagus, causing the phrenic nerves to "reset" themselves, although there is no proof of this.

    …Or something sour.

    Take a teaspoonful of vinegar. Its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks.

    Have some peanut butter.

    A classic hiccups remedy involves eating a big spoonful of peanut butter. In the process of chewing and getting it off your tongue and teeth, your swallowing and breathing patterns are interrupted. And hence, the hiccups will be history.

    Sip some hot sauce.

    This probably works because the heat and burn are distracting enough to turn your body's focus on the burn, instead of the hiccup process.

    Enjoy a little honey.

    Put 1 teaspoon of honey, stirred in warm water, on the back of your tongue, and swallow it. Like dill, honey could potentially tickle the vagus nerve to make the hiccups stop.

    Yummy chocolate remedy.

    Eat some powdered chocolate drink mix (cocoa or Ovaltine) right off the spoon. Swallowing the spoonful isn't easy and should short-circuit the hiccups.

    Brown bag 'em.

    Breathe slowly and deeply into a small paper bag. (Stop if you feel light-headed.) This increases the carbon dioxide level in the blood and makes the diaphragm contract more deeply to bring in more oxygen, which may stop the spasms.

    Chew up some dill.

     Here's a simple, pleasant-tasting trick: Slowly chew a teaspoon of dill seeds. This traditional cure may work because swallowing the seeds stimulates the vagus nerve to make the hiccups stop.

    Try the paper towel trick.

    Place a single layer of paper towel over the top of a glass, then drink through the towel. You'll have to "pull" harder with your diaphragm to suck up the water, and concentrated gulping counteracts spasmodic muscle movements.

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    Your Comments

    • Snare Drumm

      Bullshit. None of these work.

    • baloch

      one teaspoon of sugar really worked, thanks 4 the trick

    • Taylor:-)

      You just need to chug a big glass of water an try to finish all of it.NO ICE IT WILL BE TO COLD!!!:-)

    • Tkkungfu

      100% CURE (works every time) take a plastic cup(if your alone you will have to bite cup while drinking because your hands will be occupied) fill it with water ,using both hands plug your ears and nose while drinking water..Make sure you dont stop drinking until you feel lke you are at your absolute last breath and you must stop to take one. you will gasp for air and your hiccups will be gone !!! this works every single time ! My belief is that it simulates an underwater hiccup attack which would be very bad ..to avoid drowning your body will compensate. or its just a pressure thing ..regardless it works!

    • Rin

      just hold your breath for about 10 seconds,do it 2-3 times. simple as that. it always works.

    • miksz

      im very stressed about my hiccups its already 2 days, on and off lasted for hours….i tried any remedy that ive been searched but none that works…i tried to drowned myself hey guess what its gone hahhahahah
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    • Justen Bowden

      Hot sauce works for me and that’s how I found this page. Searched to see if I was the only one.

    • Humminna………..

      I always drink a glass of water UPSIDE DOWN (bent over forward). ALWAYS WORKS!!!
      This time (in 30 years, didn’t work). Just reading the comments on this page….. WORKED!! Thanx

      • Alex

        Towel on the glass method works!

    • oHENRY

      I tried many of the suggestions, thank you for them all. It started Sunday with something sick in my stomach? Monday non-stop hickups. After 4 hours of them, I had to do something. The Pharmacist was so overworked that he deferred me to a Doctor’s visit, “because this was nerve related”. Holding your breath for as long as you can, as many times in a row. This worked for me. The “physiological picture” I had envisioned, was a stomach with an acid imbalance perhaps body temperature related. Sleeping, sweating, and sipping fluids, and time gave me back my normal life. Woke up at 5am to the beginning of a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

    • john

      Paper towel trick worked instantly. Thanks!