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Hiccups occur when your diaphragm automatically contracts. This causes the top of your windpipe to close which creates the ‘hic’ sound.
Usually hiccups only last a few minutes.
Here you will find more information about what causes hiccups, how to cure hiccups, and when to worry about hiccups.
It’s common to get hiccups once in a while, and usually they will not last long. Hiccups which occur occasionally and only last for a short period may be caused by:
In rare cases, people can get hiccups that keep coming back or that last for more than 48 hours. These hiccups may be due to a medical condition, such as:
Hiccup treatments will vary from person to person. Though there is no evidence to prove their effectiveness for everyone, some people find the following methods help to quickly get rid of hiccups:
If your hiccups are caused by an underlying medical condition, treating that condition may get rid of the hiccups.
Sometimes medication is used to resolve hiccups, as well as acupuncture, or hypnotherapy. A specialist may also consider procedures to interrupt or block the phrenic nerve to help control persistent hiccups.
Sometimes hiccups that last for an extended period of time can be the result of a medical condition or a medication you're taking. You should see your doctor if:
You should seek immediate medical help if you have other symptoms with your hiccups, such as:
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.