There are a lot of things that we have to deal with in this world. Most of them are just more annoying than they are deadly. One of those things could be the hiccups. This is something that most of us have had at one point or another. They say that some people can even be born with hiccups. Although we know them as hiccups, the medical world knows them as singultus. This name comes from the Latin word singular. That word means “catching your breath while sobbing.” Most of the time, people want to stop hiccups, because they are embarrassing; but you should not worry about having them. That is because they are rarely a cause for any kind of concern. Most people do not have to stop hiccups, because they normally go away on their own. If you have them for more than 48 hours, then you may need to go see your doctor. Last, but not least, a lot of people what to know what causes hiccups. Several things can cause them, but most people get them after eating too fast.
As we already talked about, hiccups are not a cause for concern. This is a good thing because everyone in the world will get hiccups at some point or another. There is not much that you can do about it, but at least it does not need medical attention.
The best-known symptom of hiccups is of course the characteristic “hiccup” sound that it makes. This is sometimes followed up by a tightness sensation in your chest. When people have hiccups, they normally last from a few seconds to about 60 minutes. Of course, there are three stages of hiccups to look for. Some hiccups last less than 48 hours; those are known as acute hiccups. Then some hiccups last for longer than 48 hours, and those are persistent hiccups. Last, but not least, there are intractable hiccups that can last for more than two months at a time.
If you have hiccups that last longer than 48 hours, then you may need to go see your doctor. At this point, your doctor is going to give you a physical exam. This exam is to see if the doctor can find a reason why your hiccups are coming about. Some of the tests that your doctor may run would be blood tests and chest x-rays. However, you should also note that your doctor may do an ear exam as well. Sometimes having a foreign substance in your ear can give you hiccups that will not stop.
Most of the time, hiccups do not need any treatment at all. That is because they normally go away on their own. However, if your hiccups do not, then you may need hiccup treatment. There are a few different things that the doctor will give you to take care of your hiccups. One of the most common is medication. Other times your doctor will give you a carotid sinus massage. By doing this you can help to eliminate your hiccups. Other times you may have to do a nasogastric tube. This is a very small tube that will be inserted through your nose and down into your stomach. This normally stops your hiccups. If it does not, then you will have to take nerve blocks. This is normally the last stop in curing your hiccups.
Most of the time, your hiccups go away on their own. If yours seem to be lasting a long time, there are a few things that you can do to help get rid of them. These hiccup home remedies have been things that have been passed down for years. Not all home remedies for hiccups will work for you, so you may have to try a few different ones. First of all, try swallowing a teaspoon full of sugar. If that does not work, then try to breathe (temporarily) into a paper bag. Other people like to drink a glass of cold water. These last two that we will talk about are very well known. The first is to hold your breath for at least ten seconds. If that does not work, then have someone scare you.
Hiccups are nothing to be afraid of. Most of the time, you should be able to take care of your hiccups without having to go see your doctor. If you do have to go see your doctor because of hiccups, then you might have an underlying reason for why you are getting the hiccups so much. Either way, hiccups are things that you can normally take care of yourself. Try some of the hiccup home remedies that we talked about. They should be able to knock out your hiccups in no time.