How to get rid of hiccups

How to get rid of hiccups

A hiccup or hiccough is a contraction of the diaphragm that keeps repeating itself, usually several times per minute. The name comes from the “hic” sound created by the abrupt rush of air into the lungs which causes the epiglottis to close. When hiccups become continuous, a person may need a bit of help getting rid of them. In this article we will show you many various ways how to stop it.


Drinking water

Reset your diaphragm’s rhythm by drinking 10 quick gulps from a glass of water. When you gulp quickly and repeatedly, you modify your breaths and distract the vagus nerve from sending its hiccup signals, calming the spasms.

Ice Pack

Prepare an ice pack and hold it over your diaphragm, located just beneath your rib cage and just above your abdomen. Keep it there to cool the muscle until the spasms (and your hiccups) stop.

Breathe Into a Paper Bag

This is an age-old trick that many hiccup sufferers swear by. Take a brown paper bag and, while holding the opening around your mouth and sealing it tightly, begin blowing in and out about 10 times. Some say to breathe fast or really hard to get optimal results, but it’s important to do it at your own level of comfort.

Breathe in and swallow.

Breath in as much as you can, then—without letting any air out—swallow. When you can’t swallow anymore, exhale slowly.

Drink Water From Opposite Side of a Cup

This might sound complicated, but it’s fairly simple. First, fill a cup halfway with water and hold the cup right side up. Stand and bend over, while placing your mouth on the opposite side of the cup so the opening is around your chin. Drink as much of the water as you can and repeat until hiccups subside.

Take a deep breath

and then hold it for a while. When there’s a buildup of carbon dioxide in your lungs, your diaphragm relaxes.

Sugar cure

Place a teaspoon of sugar on the back of your tongue and let it melt there.  Resist the urge to swallow until the sugar is totally dissolved.

Eat a spoonful of peanut butter

The process of trying to swallow peanut butter interrupts the breathing pattern and the rhythm of the hiccups. I do recommend using raw almond butter instead.

Eat a lemon wedge with bitter angostura

This is the cure that bartenders say really works for their customers. The person with the hiccups is asked to eat a lemon wedge (without the pit) which was doused with bitter angostura. This apparently worked for 14 out of 16 individuals tested.

Pull Your Tongue Out

Pulling out your tongue helps to stop those incessant hiccups. Sticking out your tongue helps to stimulate the vagus nerve and ease the diaphragm spasms, while helping to avoid gag reflexes. You can also do this by pulling your tongue with your fingers.

Hot Sauce

This remedy uses a secret ingredient that is not for the faint of heart: Tabasco sauce. Shake a few drops onto a teaspoon and slurp it down. The burn on your tongue (and in your eyes and nose) redirects your body’s focus from the hiccups to the fiery feelings in your mouth.

Get Scared

If sudden excitement is what caused you to get hiccups in the first place, it may require getting excited or scared again to get rid of them. If you happen to be around friends when you get hiccups, scaring you shouldn’t be hard to arrange, but if you’re alone, try scaring yourself or watching something scary. It’s said that getting scared causes you to constrict your diaphragm and throws off the hiccup pattern.

Lemon and bitters

If you can stand it, eat the inside of a lemon wedge doused with Angostura bitters. Though unpleasant, this remedy has a high success rate. If you really can’t stomach the sour lemon, sprinkle on some sugar.

Metal cure

The one cure for hiccups is to put a key or spoon or coin (basically any piece of cold metal) on the back of your neck, and hold it there for 30 to 60 seconds.
Works every time. – Thanks Cranford

Have an Orgasm

An orgasm during intercourse may be able to cure a bad case of the hiccups. In a 2000 study, a healthy 40-year-old man suffered from intractable hiccups until he reached the moment of ejaculation during sexual intercourse, and suddenly the hiccups disappeared and did not return for 12 months. The researchers, however, do not know if an orgasm in women may lead to a similar resolution, an issue that could be investigated further.


If your hiccups last more than 2 days or are severe enough to interfere with eating, breathing, or sleeping, contact your doctor.


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