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WHAT CAUSES HICCUPS?

Hiccups are recurroluntary contractions of the diaphra The diaphragm muscle is located between the chest from the abdomen region. The diaphragm muscle aids breathing. During inspiration, the diaphragm contracts to allow oxygen into the lungs while during expiration it relaxes to release carbon oxide out of the lungs. Hiccups occur when the diaphragm contracts out of rhythm. Each contraction of the diaphragm causes sudden closure of the vocal cords and larynx. This brings about an abrupt rush of air into the lungs. Due to this, the body reacts with a gasp producing the sound of a hiccup. The medical name for hiccups is called synchronous diaphragmatic flutter or singultus. CAUSES The most common causes of short-term hiccups include: 1. Drinking Carbonated beverages Carbonated beverages cause the stomach to expand. The expansion of the stomach can irritate the diaphragm. This causes involuntary contraction of the diaphragm thereby resulting in hiccups. Alcohol causes stomach acid to rise up in the esophagus. This irritates the nerve that controls the diaphragm (known as phrenic nerve). This causes the diaphragm to contract out of rhythm hence, hiccups. 2. Overeating Overeating causes stomach distention and may irritate the esophagus. This puts external pressure on the diaphragm. Thus, this effect irritates the nerve that controls the diaphragm and causes it to contract. Therefore, it triggers hiccups. 3 Consuming alcohol. Most alcoholic beverages are carbonated (Infused with carbon dioxide). This irritates the diaphragm and expands the stomach. For this reason, results in hiccups. 4. Chewing gum. Chewing gum can cause a person to swallow air. Thereby causing hiccups. 5.Excitement or emotional stress Anxiety or emotional stress causes may stimulate the nerve that controls the diaphragm. This could lead to hiccups. 6.Sudden change in air temperature This can occur as a result of drinking hot or cold beverages.This sudden change can irritate the esophagus and cause hiccups. 7.Consuming spicy food Spicy foods contain a chemical compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin is an irritant that activates neurons in the diaphragm, which contracts and results in hiccups. Hiccups that last longer than 48 hours can be caused by several factors which include: 1. Irritation of the nerves of the diaphragm. Gastroesophageal reflux, ulcers of the stomach or duodenum. 2. Diseases of the central nervous system- Stroke, multiple sclerosis 3. Diabetes 4.Electrolyte imbalance 5. Medicines: Anesthetics used in general anesthesia, corticosteroids, tranquilizers. 6. Cancer 7.Kidney failure 8.Parkinson’s disease TREATMENT Hiccups are not something serious to worry about. However, persistent prolonged hiccups could make us quite uncomfortable and may hinder our daily activities as well as speech and sleep. Short term hiccup would eventually stop on its own. Furthermore, contact your doctor if hiccups become prolonged and persistent for proper treatment.

 

HICCUPS

Hiccups are recurring, involuntary contractions of the diaphragm muscle. There are lots of myths associated with what causes hiccups. The diaphragm muscle is located between the chest from the abdomen region. The diaphragm muscle aids breathing. During inspiration, the diaphragm contracts to allow oxygen into the lungs while during expiration it relaxes to release carbon oxide out of the lungs. Hiccups occur when the diaphragm contracts out of rhythm. Moreover, each contraction of the diaphragm causes sudden closure of the vocal cords and larynx. This causes an abrupt rush of air into the lungs. Due to this, the body reacts with a gasp producing the sound of a hiccup. The medical name for hiccups is called synchronous diaphragmatic flutter or singultus.

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HICCUPS CAUSES

The most common causes of short-term hiccups include:

 

  1. Drinking Carbonated beverages

Carbonated beverages cause the stomach to expand. This irritates the diaphragm and results in involuntary contraction of the diaphragm that triggers hiccups. Alcohol causes stomach acid to rise up in the esophagus. This irritates the nerve that controls the diaphragm (known as phrenic nerve). This causes the diaphragm to contract out of rhythm hence, hiccups. 

 

  1. Overeating

Overeating causes stomach distention and may irritate the esophagus. This puts external pressure on the diaphragm. Thus, this effect irritates the nerve that controls the diaphragm and causes it to contract. Therefore, it triggers hiccups.

 

3 Consuming alcohol.

Most alcoholic beverages are carbonated (Infused with carbon dioxide). This irritates the diaphragm and expands the stomach. Hence, hiccups occur.

 

  1. Chewing gum.

Chewing gum can cause a person to swallow air. Thereby causing hiccups.

 

5.Excitement or emotional stress

Anxiety or emotional stress may stimulate the nerve that controls the diaphragm. Due to this, hiccups occur.

 

6.Sudden change in air temperature

This occurs as a result of drinking hot or cold beverages. This sudden change can irritate the esophagus and cause hiccups.

 

7.Consuming spicy food

Spicy foods contain a chemical compound called capsaicin. Additionally, Capsaicin is an irritant that activates neurons in the diaphragm. As a result of this, the diaphragm contracts hence hiccups occur. 

Hiccups that last longer than 48 hours can be caused by  several factors which include:

  1. Irritation of the nerves of the diaphragm- Gastroesophageal reflux, ulcers of the stomach or duodenum.
  1. Diseases of the central nervous system- Stroke, multiple sclerosis
  2. Diabetes

     4.Electrolyte imbalance

  1. Medicines: Anesthetics used in general anesthesia, corticosteroids, tranquilizers.
  2. Cancer

     7.Kidney failure

     8.Parkinson’s disease

TREATMENT

Hiccups are not something serious to worry about. However, persistent prolonged hiccups could make us quite uncomfortable and may hinder our daily activities as well as speech and sleep. Short term hiccup would eventually stop on its own. Furthermore, contact your doctor if hiccups become prolonged and persistent for proper treatment.

 

 

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