Got the cure? What to do about hiccups

Hiccup cure: One of the many homemade variety.Coutesy lissame
Hiccup cure: One of the many homemade variety.
Coutesy lissame

One of the unexpected pleasures I’ve had in working in Body Worlds have been discussions about hiccups. There are several plastinated bodies that show the diaphragm -- the usual instigator of hiccups -- very well.

Along with those discussions have been a ton of comments from visitors about how they stop their hiccups. So I put it to you Science Buzz readers…what is your cure for hiccups?

Where's my diaphragm: Torso showing location of diaphragm. Courtesey Gray's Anatomy
Where's my diaphragm: Torso showing location of diaphragm. Courtesey Gray's AnatomyCourtesy Gray's Anatomy

I’ve been surprised at how few people actually know what happens in their body when they have the hiccups, so let’s cover that first.
The diaphragm is a large muscle that stretches across your entire torso, just below your lungs. It moves up and down to help your lungs inhale and exhale the air you breathe.

A hiccup occurs when the diaphragm experiences a spasm. You’ve probably felt your arm or leg muscles spasm, when they kind of twitch without you doing anything to make that happen. When the diaphragm spasms, it causes a quick intake of breath. But that breath is stopped quickly because the vocal cords in your throat close. The resulting turbulence of air in your throat makes the sound of a hiccup.

So why does the diaphragm spasm? One of the main causes is a full stomach. Factors leading to a full stomach that can lead to hiccups include eating too much food too fast, drinking too much alcohol, swallowing too much air, smoking, a sudden change in stomach temperature (like drinking a hot beverage after a cold beverage) or emotional stress or excitement.

In most cases, hiccups go away in just a few minutes. If they go on for a longer period of time, your abdomen may start to hurt. In rare instances, hiccups can last for more than 48 hours. Those persistent hiccups are usually a sign of more serious health problems and should be checked on by a doctor. Those conditions could include a problem with the central nervous system; problems in the body’s chemistry for kidney functions or hyperventilating; irradiation of the nerves in the head, neck or chest; anesthesia or surgery; mental health problems.

The best cures for regular forms of hiccups involve increasing the level of carbon dioxide in your blood. So how do you think you can do that?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

I always try to chill out and think about peacful stuff while breathing really deep. That seems to help until a friend makes me laugh or something...then...hic...hic...hic..up...all over again.

posted on Fri, 08/25/2006 - 8:40am
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mmmaverickmann says:

I have the most amazing cure - and it works every time. I got it from Shannon - who is an amazing woman. Plug your ears with your thumbs - pinch each nostril with your middle fingers ...... and drink a small amount of water from the tap. I was totally skeptical - but it works every time.

posted on Wed, 08/30/2006 - 10:59pm
Nag's picture
Nag says:

Amazing. This really works very very fine.

Thanks a lot for the tip.

posted on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 12:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

In fact, does not work every time!!

posted on Sat, 01/13/2007 - 1:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

ur cure was 100% effective on my first try. cool

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 6:47am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I had the hiccups for 2 days. I just did what you recommened and it works 1 st time thanks

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 9:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Once again worked for me thanks!!

posted on Fri, 05/04/2007 - 9:21pm
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luigi2bad says:

IT worked the first time :) i had the hiccups for almost 3 days
21 male OKC

posted on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 1:01am
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bkbrenda says:

Thanks for the tip this really works

posted on Mon, 10/22/2007 - 5:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


thank you so much for this tip! ive had the hiccups for the last 3 hours and ive tried everything. I felt horrible b/c my boyfriend is sleeping to go to work early and every 3 secs...i hiccup. i also took some other of my own remidies and im rather ready to crash into that pillow. thank you so much. i will never forget this moment! <3 -carol

posted on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 12:03am
Winky's picture
Winky says:

Absolutely amazing. We had our doubts but it worked the very first time. Great great idea.

posted on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 12:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it worked for me! i just did it! last night my bf was helping me hold my breath and that took a few tries before it worked...WOW! IT'S A MIRACLE LOL I PLUGGED NOSE AND EARS FOR MAYBE 20 SECONDS AND SWALLOW MY SPIT INSTEAD OF WATER AND MY HICCUPS ARE MAGICALLY GONE! COOL!

posted on Thu, 05/21/2009 - 6:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i had hiccups for an hour n i was a bit scared n vexed
then i searched the internet n found this
n guess wat-it worked!!!!
thnx a bunch

posted on Sat, 06/13/2009 - 10:15pm
Edward Jung's picture

I've read about it before as well, increasing your accumulation of carbon dioxide or holding carbon dioxide in for a bit of time helps a lot to cure hiccups and faster . It's a lot better way than being yelled at unexpectedly to be startled.

posted on Tue, 09/28/2010 - 2:59am
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pennysga says:

Thanks! My husband had been hiccupping for four days......was looking for some relief. And this seems to have worked!!!! Thanks again!!!

posted on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 7:22pm
k's picture
k says:

I know it works from my 3 grade teacher now every time I have the hiccups I hold mg breathe and ears and take a drink of water. And it works every time thank 3 grade teacher. And thank you for trying to be the first one to tell me.

posted on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 3:40pm
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GHOST says:

Thank you man that remedy helped me alot Idk know where you are but it 6:40am here in my home town and I been hiccuping off and on for like...a couple of hours but I did that and it helped massively (had to do it twice lol but it work people like you should keep giving advice.

posted on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 5:43am
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Valerie Velasquez says:

Wow. My husband had hipcup for two days. I follow your tip n the hipcup r gone. God bless you

posted on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 10:24pm
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nannadrag says:

I have had a friend visiting for 2 days and all he has done is hickup non-stop so we tried your suggestion and WOW it worked instantly, I have never seen anything work so fast.....Thank you thank you thank you.

posted on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:53am
Elizabeth's picture
Elizabeth says:

Wow !

I have Multiple Sclerosis and was truly scared I was having a new symptom. I've had the hiccups for hours. I tried the, "thumbs in the ears, fingers holding the nose, drink a little water" trick. I had to do it twice...but I'm no longer hiccuping! Thank you for this tip! I get these hiccups every day or every other day and they last for hours. Now I know what to do! :-)

posted on Sun, 01/04/2015 - 4:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Just told my daughter about this. She gets them for a long period of time ending with a headache. She did it and it worked. Thank you

posted on Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you should have apatent on that ... It worked in about 5 seconds

posted on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 10:36pm
Larry's picture
Larry says:

I just had steroid injections in my knees about 36 hours ago. I started hiccuping about 4 hours ago and decided to look up on web & low & behold lots of people had the same issue. Your holding ears nose & water does not work for steroid hiccups.

posted on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 11:00pm
Brock2's picture
Brock2 says:

I've now had the hiccups for close to 24 whole body hurts and I didn't get any sleep last night. When should I goto the doctor to have it checked out?

posted on Tue, 01/23/2007 - 6:34am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what you can do is eat peanut butter it works every time

posted on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 9:18am
Terry's picture
Terry says:

My husband had the hiccups for over 2 hours and I got him to try this and it worked really fast !

Thanks a million ....

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 4:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

sorry I've never had the hiccups for more than an hour

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 6:27pm
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hannah nelson says:

i agree it does work

posted on Fri, 05/22/2009 - 10:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

curing hiccups is in the mind
not the belly
its a mental game

posted on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 8:28am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I must disagree...
I'm currently on the 9th consecutive day of hiccups
I have averaged maybe 2 hours of sleep per 24 hour period
if they were mental, I sure would not still have them
trust me, its a miserable situation

posted on Sat, 07/30/2011 - 9:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I actually was just reading an article that if your hiccups last for more than a day (they should relieve within a few minutes), then you should see a physician. The reason behind this is because long-lasting hiccups are a sign of real physical ailments, such as a problem with the central nervous system. Not trying to scare you, but wanted to let you know what I read.

posted on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 11:21pm
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ayo it's me says:

i think the cure to hiccups is to accutualy to eat a spoon full of peanutbutter. this has been proven to cure the hiccups in a flash. and also if you eat 5 whole wheat crakers and then hold your breath for 30 sec. it should also get rid of your hoccups.

posted on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 12:41pm
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Wendall says:

I have had hiccups off and on for more than 20 yrs--sometimes they are uncomfortable. I increase the co2 by covering my mouth while breathing in and out. When they reoccur, I repeat the process all over.

posted on Sat, 01/26/2013 - 7:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If you dont have two people, drink your cup of water upside down. I find bending as far foward till you touch your knees works. Sometimes you have to do it a couple times.

posted on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 6:27pm
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Hiccup master says:

I always get a sever case of hiccups after recieving a steroid shot to cure poison ivy. I take in a deep breath and gulp in as many as i can without passing out and hold my breath gor as long as i can. Tjere is your sipply of carnon dioxide build up. It almost always work the first time

posted on Wed, 11/10/2010 - 3:07am
Jason's picture
Jason says:

Yea..I would like to let everybody know how I cure hiccups. t works every single time. You can use a cup or a bottle, it don't really matter. Anyway, I put my mouth on the backside of the cup and bend over, then i just take about 10 swallows backwards..I promise it works everytime.

posted on Sat, 02/26/2011 - 4:03pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

What almost always works for me (but not for my wife) is to mix a teaspoon of sugar in an 8oz glass of water, and drink it all at once.

posted on Sun, 08/27/2006 - 2:32pm
Cath's picture
Cath says:

I have a neverfail variation-on-holding-your-breath cure. Take as big a breath as you can but don't close your throat – instead, hold the breath in as though you're still taking more air in. When the hiccup comes, there's no spasm, there's nowhere for the diaphragm to go. It chills.

Takes a bit of energy, and is easier to do standing up.

posted on Tue, 08/29/2006 - 5:05am
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posted on Wed, 08/30/2006 - 7:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This worked fabulously. I had hiccups twice today and this cure worked right away!

posted on Mon, 11/27/2006 - 2:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You did it! Thank you so much! Its 4 in the mornin and i have done all the other things! I have a cup of warm water here and i stink of vinegar! Was about to give up and gave your "Keep breathing in thing a go"! Its the only thing that makes sense and it worked!
Now i can get my sleepy ass back to bed!
P.s: I love you x Don't tell my girlfriend ha ha

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 9:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i have had the hiccups for 48 FREAKIN' hours!!! i am not smiling as i write this. after that long, i was seriously starting to lose it. i thought that i had tried EVERYTHING...until i ran across this remedy. keeping throat open worked. thank you.. omg thank you .. thank you thank you

posted on Tue, 09/07/2010 - 8:38pm
Mic's picture
Mic says:

A spoonful of sugar (no water) cures them right up! It was my granmother's cure and has always worked for our whole family. Pretty painless way of curing them also!

posted on Tue, 08/29/2006 - 10:21am
Mary's picture
Mary says:

My cure is to down a glass of water w/o the sugar all at once and it always works for me. Diabetics don't put sugar in their water. :*}

posted on Tue, 08/29/2006 - 12:21pm
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jenfoster1978 says:

i agree with mary. the glass of water works evry time for me. you have to take a deep breath and drink it all at once though, no stopping partway. needs to be a decent size glass aswell at least a half pint full up.

posted on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 5:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I'm a teen diabetic and I've literally tried everything. I've had them for 2 hours. I can't eat that well now either

posted on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 7:51pm
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Favy Vavy says:

This always works for me...With your mouth shut, swallow 3 times and the hiccups should be gone.

posted on Tue, 08/29/2006 - 12:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The holding your mouth shut thing and swallowing 3 times while holding your breath totally works. I swear by it!!!

posted on Thu, 09/28/2006 - 12:15pm
Rick's picture
Rick says:

Holding your breath and swallowing works MOST of the time, but not when you have had a reaction to a CORTISONE SHOT as I have had. I thought it was a reaction to an antibiotic, but my doctor studied my chart and found out that both times I've had uncontrollable hiccups (first time 7 days) and the second time 36 hours, was due to the cortisone.

Finally, after 3 days of intermittent hiccups, at midnight, I was able to use the holding the breath technique without hiccuping in the midst of trying.

This morning the hiccups are completely gone!

posted on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 11:44am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have now had hiccups for the past 10 days and causes terrible heart burn and takes my breath away. I got them along with bad headaches shortly after getting a cortizone shot. What can I take to make these go away?


posted on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 1:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I got a cortizone shot yesterday and am experience the exact same issue! I got the shot yesterday in the morning but woke up in the middle of the night due to hiccups. I had never experienced anything like this before. After the hiccups stop, they start up again in at least 30 minutes.

I am never getting a cortizone injection ever again. I am hiccupping right now as I type this!

posted on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 6:03am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I was reading this while i had a terrible case of hicups and it really worked. I can't beleive that they went away.

posted on Fri, 09/29/2006 - 7:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this really did work! thanks a bunch!

posted on Sun, 04/26/2009 - 11:45pm
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hatin' hiccups says:

Hey,it really WORKS!!!!!! Thanks for the advice!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 03/07/2007 - 3:14pm
lkp's picture
lkp says:

Drink a small glass of plain water, drinking it from the opposite side of the glass. You'll probably have to bend over at the waist to do this. Tricky but it has worked every time for me!

posted on Tue, 08/29/2006 - 4:44pm
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slicklibby says:

My surefire cure is to stand on my head. Even holding that position for a few seconds cures my hiccups.

posted on Thu, 08/31/2006 - 12:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Swallow a teaspoon of sugar and then place a large paper bag over your head and breathe. It works. We even got it to work w/salt instead of sugar when we couldn't find sugar!

posted on Tue, 09/19/2006 - 5:43pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Here's the Wikipedia entry on hiccups, which has links to cures. (This whole page is great.)

My favorite one is this: "Take a teaspoon each of ginger juice, honey, lime juice and a pinch of pepper. Mix them together and lick a tiny bit from a spoon, off and on. This will helps to cure hiccups." Sounds like something that could be yummy over noodles, but it's awfully complicated if you're casting about, trying to rid yourself of a bad case of hiccups!

I also like this "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" sort of cure: "Enage yourself in talking with somebody and do not care about hiccups. The hiccups will stop in five minutes."

And this one made me laugh out loud, although I can't for the life of me imagine why it would have any effect on hiccups at all: "Think of all the bald men you can."

According to Wikipedia,

"The Guinness World Record for the longest continuous bout of hiccups (1922–1990) goes to Charles Osborne (1894–1991) from Anthon, Iowa. The hiccups started in 1922 at a rate of 40 times per minute, slowing to 20 and eventually stopping in February 1990 – a total of 68 years."

Guess none of the remedies worked for him? Ouch!

posted on Thu, 09/21/2006 - 1:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

sometimes getting someone to scare me when i don't know helps

posted on Fri, 09/22/2006 - 4:00pm
bc's picture
bc says:

I had hiccups for over a week several years ago; I tried sugar, holding my breath, having someone scare me. They went away as abruptly as they started - maybe my diaphragm just got plain ole tired...

posted on Sun, 09/24/2006 - 11:48am
Lauren C's picture
Lauren C says:

Once i had the hicups for the whole day at school which is 61/2 hours long.

posted on Sun, 09/24/2006 - 1:20pm
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brandy says:

Hiccups cure. My uncle works at a hospital. He says a good 90 percent of the time they cure hiccups by plugging both ears and raising your elbows up as high as you can by filling it, and drinking water( i have found any liquid works) through a straw. Other people said plug ears, and nostrils. Never heard of that. But plugging ears, elbows high, and drink through a straw( no straw, put liquid in mouth, then plub eats and swallow) repeat 2 to 4 times and they are gone EVERY. single time for me. 0 ut that other note in because you don't always have a straw handy, makes it easier because you can take several drinks repeatedly in a row, but not needed. Hope this helps somebody as much as it helps me!!!!

posted on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:12am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Drink a glass of water and thenhold your breath for about 15 - 20 seconds

posted on Sun, 09/24/2006 - 2:23pm
bryan kennedy's picture

I found this interesting "scientific" product which is purported to help you cure hiccups. The hic-cup (a cup with a brass rod that touches your temple when you drink from it) works through:

...the use of natural galvanic action, a mild ionic flow is created that initiates a sub-sensory bio-electric therapy. This means that the “hiccup” nerves are “re-set” by a natural electric current that you cannot feel, and that this reliably ends the distressing spasms.

What I think that means is that a small electrical impulse is created by steel and the brass touching in the water you drink from the cup (just like a battery). This tiny impulse zaps your vagus nerve. I don't know if this works for sure or not but the FDA has approved vagus nerve therapies for people who suffer from singultus, or chronic hiccups.

posted on Sun, 09/24/2006 - 2:33pm
KB Raymond's picture
KB Raymond says:

I have tried and endorsed to my clients the device just mentioned...The Hic-Cup. it works fabulously every time for treating hiccups (singultus...the REAL word). The device works on simple, high school chemistry principles and is much more effective and discreet than most all folk remedies. Many people use their voice for business and cannot afford to waste time fooling with home remedies. Eating and drinking too fast can bring on hiccups so the Hic-Cup is like insurance for the modern communicator. I have found it useful with young children as well.

The Hic-Cup website ( contains testimonials from those suffering from post-operative singultus and the cup seems to work beautifully. Singultus can be a symptom of many serious diseases and conditions and the makers of the cup not only offer a full money-back guarantee but recommend seeing a physician if the cup does not work. Singultus is a side-effect for chemotherapy, but the drugs bind to the Vagus nerve making the cup ineffective for such extreme cases....Very interesting....

posted on Thu, 09/28/2006 - 6:13am
Asa Cohen's picture
Asa Cohen says:

I am 11 and I get hiccups alot. I know the guy that invented the Hic-Cup and I got to test the first ones years ago. I still use it about 1 or 2 times a week. I have a new one, but even the old prototype works great.

posted on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 2:57pm
Stacey's picture
Stacey says:

My counsin's pediatrician on the East coast told her to take a spoon full of peanut butter, put it in her mouth and swallow it when she gets the hiccups. I've tried it, and it works every time. My hiccups are always gone within a few seconds.

posted on Thu, 09/28/2006 - 10:51am
Amie's picture
Amie says:

A spoonful of peanut butter-works every time, and is tasty too

posted on Thu, 09/28/2006 - 12:08pm
Dan's picture
Dan says:

It almost always works for me to plug my nose and pop my ears and they go away. not sure why.

posted on Thu, 09/28/2006 - 1:06pm
Kenna's picture
Kenna says:

This never fails... take 15 quick sips of cold water, one right after the other. They're always gone by the last sip!

posted on Thu, 09/28/2006 - 1:45pm
Tracey's picture
Tracey says:

Put a paper bag over your head, and keep breathing. This makes you breath your exhaled air, less oxygen-rich, and your body relaxes. This always works for me, not always for my kids.

posted on Thu, 09/28/2006 - 7:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My co-worker just had the is a cure that worked for her and always worked for me........hold your nose and drink 10 sips of water.....she did it with sprite and it worked.

posted on Fri, 09/29/2006 - 9:00am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If you hold your breath and take very small sips of a cup of water your hiccups will be gone by the time you are done with your cup of water. GUARANTEED!!

posted on Fri, 09/29/2006 - 1:42pm
Paul Engle's picture
Paul Engle says:

Heard about this Hic-Cup cup on a Philly radio station (1210am). The DJ Mike Smerconish gave a testimonial about how it worked for him. Hopefully it will be in stores before christmas as it seems like a cool gift.

posted on Fri, 09/29/2006 - 7:46pm
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Dannukesall says:

ive always just eaten a little bit of ice cream, it hekps most of the time,but if there is no ice cream around i just drrink water with small sips

posted on Sat, 09/30/2006 - 11:05am
Mikey's picture
Mikey says:

Hicups are fun! Especially those really high pitched cartoony ones. So, don't be in a rush to cure them, bask in all the cute attention you can get when you have them. ;)

When I was a kid, I used to hang upside down from my pullup bar and drink a glass of water. No easy feat, but it was fun and it always worked. Later though, I realized that just about anything can cure the hicups in most cases, so long as it takes the person's mind off of the hicups. Hence the myriad of crazy sounding solutions that have been passed through the generations and on this page. So, I suggest doing something wacky and new that requires your full concentration, and they'll be gone before you know it.

posted on Fri, 10/06/2006 - 12:40am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Please help... Every time i go for a smoke i start to hiccup as soon as ive taken a swallow,i dont hiccup again until i take another swallow....why is this?

posted on Fri, 10/06/2006 - 9:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Apparently you have a hiccup trigger - in your case, smoking causes you to get the hiccups! So stop smoking or get used to hiccupping!

posted on Sat, 11/11/2006 - 12:27am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Smoking is really bad for you, and is more addictive than any drug. Smoking sucks. Smoking is stupid.

The End

posted on Mon, 01/15/2007 - 2:11pm
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ARTiFactor says:

Hiccup cure wins prize

Department of Inernal Medicine, Bnai Zion Medical Center, Haifa, Israel.

A 60-year-old man with acute pancreatitis developed persistent hiccups after insertion of a nasogastric tube. Removal of the latter did not terminate the hiccups which had also been treated with different drugs, and several manoeuvres were attempted, but with no success. Digital rectal massage was then performed resulting in abrupt cessation of the hiccups. Recurrence of the hiccups occurred several hours later, and again, they were terminated immediately with digital rectal massage. No other recurrences were observed. This is the second reported case associating cessation of intractable hiccups with digital rectal massage. We suggest that this manoeuvre should be considered in cases of intractable hiccups before proceeding with pharmacological agents.

PMID: 2299306 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

This technique earned an Ig Nobel prize (annual award given at Harvard University by Annals of Improbable Research magazine for weird, wacky and sometimes worthless scientific research).

posted on Fri, 10/06/2006 - 9:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My friend told me about this one, and it has worked every time. When you get the hiccups, ask someone else "do you have the hiccups?" and, no matter what the answer, if you believe their answer your hiccups will go away! It's a fast and easy way to get rid of them, that has worked for us every single time.

posted on Fri, 10/06/2006 - 9:49am
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Snowfoolin says:

I learned this from a cocktail waitress. Pour some bitters on a wedge of lemon and suck on it. It works! Of course I don't always have bitters and a lemon handy, but I usually have success by just holding my nose and taking a drink of water.

posted on Mon, 10/09/2006 - 8:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What always works for me is to drink water through a paper napkin.

posted on Sun, 10/15/2006 - 4:10pm
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seanamama says:

I inadvertently found this cure for hiccups: tickling! I used to try to "scare" the hiccups out of my children, but they quickly grew wise to the fact that I would sneak up and scream if I heard them "hic". Once, my daughter had hiccups, and she laughed at my poor attempt to scare her. A tickle attack ensued, and her hiccups were gone! We noted that this may be a good hiccup cure, and have had many occasions to test the theory since. It always works! My guess is that laughing (really hard), which tenses the abdominal muscles and prolongs exhalation from the lungs, somehow calms the diaphragmatic spasm. It's a cure... and it's fun!

posted on Sun, 10/29/2006 - 2:49pm
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Joey63 says:

Next time I get hiccups, which I do from medication, I'll have to tell my kids about it! This time I juast laid down and let the dog lick my face until they stopped!

posted on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 3:05pm
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Anonymous says:


posted on Thu, 11/02/2006 - 8:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I've twice had terrible hiccups that lasted for days. I was so fed up with them that I tried something very unusual at breakfast with my wife. I put some salt on my hand and snorted it up my nose, then snorted some orange juice through a straw. Immediately the hiccups stopped! I've used this several times and it has worked every time even though it is a little uncomfortable.

posted on Mon, 11/13/2006 - 5:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it really works!!!!!

posted on Fri, 12/01/2006 - 9:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

smoking a joint has been shown to work in getting rid of hiccups, obviously this is illegal so i dont endorse it its just to let you know

posted on Sun, 12/24/2006 - 9:33am
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kyla parker says:

Just drinking a small cup of water

posted on Wed, 12/27/2006 - 7:02pm
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`peter` ``b says:

Wendel the bartender in Silverthorn, Colorado gave me a cure 25 years ago that continues to work. Drink a shot of the sour mix for Tom Collins. I don't usually have this available so I substitute a shot of "Real Lemon" juice. The pucker stops the hic ups.

posted on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 1:19pm
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Matt says:

I had an upper respiratory infection for a week before seeing the doctor. After a megadrug treatment- steroid shot, antihistine, antibiotic, nasal spray, cough suppressant- the works! by the end of the day, however, I was breathing very well and felt better.

After reading a couple of messages on this site, I get the clear idea that I might have had a significant increase of Oxygen when the drugs took effect because since the drugs,I've had two DAYS of hiccups now. This is the reason I searched this site.

The "cure" that had an immediate cessation was the one about taking in a deep breath but using the diaphram to hold it without closing the throat to hold it.

It worked this time, anyway.

posted on Wed, 01/03/2007 - 7:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

my story is almost EXACTLY the same... never woulda thought a steroid shot would give me the hiccups

posted on Tue, 09/07/2010 - 8:41pm
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if you think and ACTUALLY BELIEVE that you don't have hiccups, they will go away and same the opposite way. (Think and believe that you DO have them, and you will get them.) It's been medically PROVEN!

Much love,
the Great...

posted on Thu, 01/04/2007 - 2:03pm
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Well, I don't know about that Unique Monique. I would have to see your sources on that one. Since hiccups are caused by the unconcious part of your nervous system, I doubt you would simply be able to think them away. Now that's not to say that conscious thought can't affect them, I just don't think it is as sure fire as you state.

posted on Thu, 01/04/2007 - 2:47pm
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cure for hiccups

1.fill glass with water
2.take small sips one right after another ror 60 secconds straight

this tricks the diaphram long enough to cure hiccups everytime gauranteed came from a respitoty therapist at the ER that I work with regulary.



posted on Mon, 01/15/2007 - 4:01am
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Guess Who says:

Eat a pinch of sugar. Three times with a minute pause and then also stop breathing for few sec (until you can)

posted on Mon, 01/15/2007 - 1:56pm
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Dr Dan says:

you do it cause you lack air to the brain 2 deep breaths in through the nose out the mouth and they will be gone the end

posted on Sat, 01/27/2007 - 12:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I eat a teaspoon full of sugar, down a glass of water, hold my breath for ten seconds and then my hiccups are gone. it works all the time.

posted on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 11:17pm
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calley says:

well i really dont think so because i like the way u stike the peanut butter on your finger and eat it

posted on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 10:17am
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Anonymous says:

Use a tens unit mid back to help with hiccups. see if it works.

posted on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 7:58am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Take a glass of water, bend over & drink the water from the other side of the cup. This has worked for me every single time I have had hiccups. My mother tought me this & I've been using this trick since I was a little girl.

posted on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 9:29am
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Steve Doane says:

I have had the hic cups for over 8 weeks now and the remedies posted here may work for occasional episodes, but not for chronic hiccups. I have had every test my 3 doctors could think of and all of my results came back normal. I would really like to get rid of these maddening hiccups for good. Does anyone know of something for this serious?

posted on Wed, 02/21/2007 - 11:41am
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Gina says:

My husband has had the chronic hiccups for 7 years. They never stop. Tried every surgery out there. He sticks a spoon down his throat gagging himself. Along with taking baclofen to give him temporary relief. Noticed your post was from about 7 years ago. Would love to hear if you have had them stop

posted on Wed, 12/31/2014 - 7:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Steve, my uncle had chronic hiccups that he was able to manage by using a homemade version of the "Hic Cup". Put a metal spoon in a glass of water so that the handle is in the water. Hold the spoon part to your temple and drink the water slowly, without taking any breaths. Usually works on the first attempt, though it sometimes takes two glasses of water to get it right.

Hope that helps.

posted on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 10:30am
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Jacob Porter says:

This cure has worked 100% of the time, even with people I have been able to convey how to do it. So if you can do it, you will be cured.

If you inhale as much air into your lungs as possible, then force a bit more air down there (much like you would force air into your stomach to make yourself belch like you were in grammer school, except you're forcing it into your lungs instead...). This expands the lungs beyond their normal capacity a bit. Hold that for about 2-3 seconds, then exhale. You will get a very big natural high, but your hiccups will be gone.

Do not do this while driving, the natural high could make you dizzy.


posted on Sat, 02/24/2007 - 10:09am
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Anonymous says:

I have seen a ton of ideas about how to cure the hiccups. I believe that I have found the true cure for hiccups. To start you must find a straight back chair and sit down with your
back fully pressed to the back of the chair. Slowly bend over in the tuck position with your arms crossed over your body “the same way you would bend over when an airline stewardess instructs you to take when they say get in the crash position” until you feel slightly uncomfortable. Now slowly squeeze your arms and try to squeeze your body and hold your breath for 5-10 seconds and release. Stay in the same position but relax then repeat this procedure again for at least 2 to 3 times again. Then slowly sit back up. This should have cured the problem the first time but if not try this again. Because of this procedure I have never had the hiccups for a long period of time and neither has any I shown this technique to.

posted on Mon, 02/26/2007 - 2:42pm
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gl says: - fast, easy, free, and it works - I had hiccups once for 3 days straight, I rarely even get hiccups anymore and if I do, I can easily make them go away in under a minute.

posted on Thu, 03/01/2007 - 12:26am
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SA_RYAN says:

i have had ther hiccups for about 24 hours now. i am a student in high school and it has been really hard for me to concentrate on anything. i have tried so many remedies. anyone have anyother suggestions because this one didnt work?

posted on Thu, 03/01/2007 - 7:02pm
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posted on Sat, 03/03/2007 - 3:49pm
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Anonymous says:

I was about to mention that trick. My friend tried it on me, and it worked, it was amazing! Maybe it's cause I was thinking, yeah right, as if you'll give me a hundred dollars as well as yeah right, as if this is going to work, but it did!

posted on Thu, 06/07/2007 - 12:55pm
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Jennie says:

HICCUPS ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!!!! At least I got rid of 'em!

posted on Wed, 03/07/2007 - 3:24pm
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Anonymous says:

I get hiccups when I eat seed's or seed oil's such as sunflower.

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 6:33am
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crazy says:

what works for me is this:
1. fill a glass with water
2. turn on some kind of music you can dance to
3. dance
4. sing
5. sip the glass of water
6. think about something funny
7. call up a freind
8. read a book
9. go shopping (optional)
10. go to bed (take a nap)
and by the time you wake up your hiccups will be gone if they weren't already
heres a few options for if your at school or at work:
1. drink water upside down
2. concentrate on your work
3. sing underneath your breath
4. read
5. think about something funny (my little sister say like dingle berries doing a dangle dance for daddy)
6. eat something like a snack or meal
7. breath deeply
8. if you can dance
9. do reasearch
10. exercise

thanks again

posted on Mon, 04/16/2007 - 1:17pm
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Josh says:

I'had them really bad the other day after I ate dinner I took a nap and they stopped but as soon as I got up again they started. then I tried the holding your breath not using your throat and it seemed to stop but now I'm getting them over a longer period of time like 1 every few hours.

Not sure what to do.

posted on Tue, 05/01/2007 - 12:04pm
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Anonymous says:

drink OJ

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 5:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

eat butter

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 7:12am
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Brittle says:


posted on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 2:36pm
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Cash says:

i hiccup sort of randomly throughout the day. About every 20 min or so. I get them a bit more right after i eat and i get them really bad when drinking carbonated drinks. I have had this for the last year and they wont go away.

posted on Wed, 06/27/2007 - 7:17pm
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Mac Bre-Z says:

Ok, so last night I went to a party and had the hiccups the whole night and it was a horrible experience. Trust me, trying to shoot vodka while your constantly hiccuping doesn't work. So anyways, I ended up falling asleep with my hiccups and woke up with them the next morning. I had them several hours into the day as well. I thought this was peculiar because I've never experienced hiccups lasting more than an hour or two. My friend handed me a full glass of water and told me to bend my upper body as far down to the ground as I could and drink from the glass upside down. I did and took as many gulps of the water as I could. It really did work and my hiccups were cured.

posted on Wed, 08/08/2007 - 8:36pm
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Jason says:

hiccups stink......drinkin vidka whie tryin to get rid of hiccups is mostlikly not a good idea.... i usaly get hiccups at school....i hate em.... oh well at least that they whent away!!!!! (or did they....) =)

posted on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 12:15pm
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Marie says:

Okay, you all are going to think this is the craziest hiccup cure you have heard.....but, it has always worked for me and my family. If you can stomach a small amount (1-2tsp) of vinegar or even pickle juice will work. I am a nurse, and 20+ years ago I had a patient who had hiccups for several days while in the hospital, and after prescription medicines failed to help him, he was just resorted to the fact that he would go home with them. I had been urging him all this time to try some vinegar, and at the last minute, as he was getting into the elevator, hiccups and all, he finally told me to hurry and get him some vinegar. I found a packet in our nourishment room and ran it to the elevator. His hiccups stopped immediately, and he became a believer!! It has never failed to work for me or my daughters, and I am not sure where I heard of using vinegar, but it DOES work!!

posted on Tue, 09/18/2007 - 9:07pm
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Anonymous says:

that worked for me! the thumbs over the ears and the middle fingers over the nose. nice! thanks

posted on Thu, 09/27/2007 - 4:16pm
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posted on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 1:17pm
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Ely C. Umali says:

I am experiencing a hiccup right now and have tried all the remedies I saw at the internet, but to no avail. Is there any medicines that couls stop hiccups?

posted on Tue, 12/04/2007 - 3:29am
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the best says:

hi everybody the best hiccup curer is .... the guy who said the middle finger pinching ur nose! and thumbs covering ears happy new year day everyone!!

posted on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 11:37pm
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posted on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 11:47pm
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Jada says:

A lot of paople say that taking one's mind off of hiccups is a good cure. For me, the opposite is true. When I get the hiccups, I can go a while before I actually realize I've been hiccuping. Once I notice it, and wait for the next one, they stop. It's great. My friends know this, and when they see me hiccuping, they tell me "you're hiccuping" and it always works to cure the problem. I'm sure its a mind over matter thing; I believe that it will work, so it does. Also, the focus on my breathing and my stomach that comes from waiting for the next hiccup might also play a role.

posted on Sat, 02/02/2008 - 8:04pm
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vv says:

100% effective way to cure hiccups. Free. Easy. Been tested for many years and never failed once. No gimmicks, nothing to buy. Just follow these simple steps:

The Cure for Hiccups

1. Go get a glass of water
2. Now, take a big drink, a big mouthful, of water, but do not swallow it. Set the glass down
3. With the water still in your mouth, plug your nose tightly. Do not swallow yet.
4. Tilt your head back. Way back. Now tilt it back further. Your nose is still plugged.
5. When you are all the way back, stand still for a moment and then swallow the water.
6. Your hiccups are gone.

This one dose works 80% of the time. But occasionally the person has had to repeat the process twice. The reasons that it did not work initially were either because not enough water was in the mouth or the person did not lean his head back far enough. So if the first time failed, add these steps:

7. Get a much bigger gulp of water in your mouth
8. Plug your nose again
9. After you have plugged your nose, lean way, way back even to the point that your back is arched
10. Pause a moment, nose still plugged, then swallow

Only two people have had to go to a third try, and only one, a girl named Allie, needed four tries. But both these people's hiccuping episodes were cured by these extra attempts. Nobody has ever needed five attempts and every single person has had their hiccups stopped after this easy solution. It works every time.

There it is. Free, easy, effective.

More details on my site:

posted on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 10:02am
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Paige says:

I know that the cure for hiccups is to:
1. Filll a cup with water.
2. Cover the glass of water with a dish towel.
3. Hold the dish towel down agianst the side of the cup.
4. Drink the water through the towel.
5. Repeat if needed. (It never is!)

posted on Sat, 06/07/2008 - 2:21pm
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lucario says:

I've always known a cure,

Take a massive breath in and hold it for about 5 secs then breathe out and in really fast but make sure you breathe right out do this about 5-10 times but go a little slower each time. When you think they have gone breath out really slowly and relax.

posted on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 3:41am
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Anonymous says:

the weirdest one when i had the hic-cups my uncled turned to me and asked me to think hard when was the last time i had the hic-cups he asked me to take sit and think about it while thinking to myself he asked me about 30 sec later as i could not remember ,who does, he asked do i still have hic-cups after a few more seconds i realised they where gone i done this to many friends and people and it worked every time must be a relaxing thing.

posted on Thu, 09/04/2008 - 10:51pm
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Malcum says:

Well what I do is grab a straw and put in water. Puff my cheeks while drinking it and keep it like that then I drink for ten seconds. And gone.

posted on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 7:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Your advice to plug your ears and nose with your fingers while drinking water from the tap worked thank you SOOOOOOOOOO much!!!!

posted on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 10:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hwofast are hiccups??

posted on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 5:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hold your breath

posted on Sat, 01/17/2009 - 2:00am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

A teaspoon ofsugar works everytime for me. I get hiccups at least 10 times or more a day. What I want to know is if it an actual medical condition and if there is an actual medicine that works and what the name of it is.

posted on Sat, 04/25/2009 - 11:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it might be acid reflux which can become very serious if left untreated i would go to a docotor ASAP

posted on Sun, 10/11/2009 - 3:28am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i had hiccups last 30mins, and this tip worked immediately, thanks for the excellent tip!!

posted on Sat, 05/16/2009 - 12:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

here is wut you do: hold your breath until you pass out. but only do it three times in a row or you will have brain problems

posted on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 1:24pm
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Anonymous says:

when my children tell me they have the hiccups. I tell them to prove it. They sware they have them and I will say well if you have them hiccup then. When they try, I guess that gets rid of them because suddenly they are gone. My kids will be amazed every time, saying how did you do that mommy? Dont know how it works but it has for us.

posted on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 2:34am
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Steven Thomas says:

Hiccups are all in the mind, if you read back a little ways you will see a bunch of crazy cures that could not logically cure hiccups, but they work because the people that were using them hoped and believed that they would. so in short all it takes to cure hiccups is hope or belief. I think your kids believe that you have some kind of power or something and that's how it helps them. If you want to find out for sure just ask them if they think you are "super mom" and if they say yes then, we got it figured out.

posted on Sun, 10/11/2009 - 3:23am
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LJ in TN says:

I have twice received cortisone shots for carpal tunnel and both times got hiccups that started about 12 hours after injection and lasted 48 to 72 hours. The doctor said he had never heard of this but I know it is because of the injection. This is a very wierd side-effect.

posted on Fri, 10/09/2009 - 1:51pm
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Anonymous says:

omg, i just got a cortisone shot on tues and about 12 hours later i started w/ hiccups, its been two days now.. very weird that someone else has experienced this!

posted on Fri, 12/18/2009 - 9:30pm
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Anonymous says:

I have had the hicups for the last 12 hours after a cortizone shot yesterday. How long did they last and what did you do to finally stop them? thx.


posted on Fri, 03/30/2012 - 7:56pm
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Rhonda says:

my husband got a cotisone shot on Tuesday and Hiccups started right after and it is Friday and he still has them with no relief in sight

posted on Fri, 08/24/2012 - 1:21pm
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David in Los Angeles says:

i tried all this methods didnt work i swalloewd a teaspoon of sugar and it went away. =) go figure?

posted on Thu, 11/26/2009 - 11:04pm
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bd says:

breath in and hold your breath until you cant no more it will go away that easy. chemical reaction pushes away from your lung. acohol and smoking are 2 know fact of causing hiccups.

posted on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 7:05pm
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Anonymous says:

i hold my breath and jump backward three time then pop my ears two times. it work for me give it a try.

posted on Mon, 04/12/2010 - 12:51pm
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Jalexia says:

Well you tell some one to ask you, "i will give you $10 if you hiccup again?" and that should cure them dreadful hiccups!! :D :-) :] :( :[

posted on Mon, 04/12/2010 - 6:29pm
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christos says:

The ultiimate and most effective way of alleviating hiccups is to take ur mind of it.... start doing sums in your head..... within seconds your hiccups will be gone...

posted on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 5:33am
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well i have always known that hiccups are caused due to lowering of water potential in body is a sign for the body to drink water and so on drinking water one can get rid of hic-ups.
my friends used to tell me when i got a hiccup to tell a lie and stop concentrating on hiccups then they will stop and when i did the same got 100 % best result!!!!!!:):)

posted on Thu, 05/06/2010 - 12:16am
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Nony Mouse says:

take your mind off of the hiccups. try your hardest to forget. in 6th grade, a classmate got hiccups, so my teacher told us to rub our earlobes, feel how soft they are. Then, she turned to the student, and the girl said her hiccups were gone! All the class had joined into the cure, not knowing that it was the cure itself

posted on Fri, 12/10/2010 - 7:04am
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animal lover person says:

to cure hicups drink alot of water or hold your breath until they ae gone. another way is to drink water upside down if drinking it upright dosnt work. get someone to scare the hicups out of you. thats all i know to do if u have the hicups. -random person

posted on Sun, 12/12/2010 - 11:10am
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Anonymous says:

Ooooh, I have a good way to get rid of hiccps. Have a friend cover your ears and drink a glass of water while they do. Works every time!

posted on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 7:25am
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Anonymous says:

none of this is working :/ my man has had the hiccups for 2 freaking days!!!!!! ugh hwlp plz!?!?!

posted on Tue, 08/16/2011 - 10:07pm
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Anonymous says:

Plugging my ears and nose and taking a sip of water worked instantly!!!! Thank you!!!!!

posted on Thu, 09/15/2011 - 1:15pm
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Anonymous says:

I didn't believe this at first but it works every time

If you get someone to help you, get a glass of water (but I suppose anything would work) and get the other person to say sip, swallow, sip, sip, sip ,swallow, swallow etc and just do what they say. I have never seen it fail I swear (:

posted on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 8:48pm
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online_doctor says:

There are some old cures for hiccups which include gulping down of water or yawning, but I am not sure if any of them actually works. Though if your hiccup starts to hurt or lasts a long period of time, it is a sign to see a doctor.

posted on Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:37am
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Anonymous says:

I have been able to get rid of anyone's hiccups with just four words. Crazy? Yes. It has never failed me. Does anyone else have this bizarre talent? It is scary to anyone whom I use it on, but to date, it always works. Any comments? Mind power? Positive thinking? ??????? Wish it would work on other problems! Hiccup Curer

posted on Sun, 03/25/2012 - 1:25pm
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Anonymous says:

The six year entry on the plug/ water trick worked wonders for me. Many thanks to the author

posted on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 3:45pm
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posted on Mon, 06/11/2012 - 9:39pm
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Betty says:

Fill a large glass with lukewarm water. Drink it down steadily, but not fast. Do not pause. Take at least 30 seconds to drink the water. Breathe through your nose as you are drinking. Works every time.

posted on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 3:27pm
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mustaq ghaniwala says:

The plugging thumbs in ears and pinching the nostrils close with the middle fingers, and drinking water from the tap works, my dad had hypper acidity and he is taking medicines since 4 days to stop hiccups, all remedies failed when last nite I came across this site, we tried it and it worked. I am so thankfull to this site that it cured my fathers hiccups and when all other methods relieved him for maximum 2 hours, this method has worked for more than 12 hours and still no hiccups. Thanks a loads guys thanks a lot

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 10:40pm
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blarkins says:

My hiccups use to come about every 3 months or so and would last from 1 to 3 weeks. Now they have been coming every few days or I should say I have them nearly all the time but they fo away for a day or so every now and then. They get so bad that I'll have 6-7 in a row and can't breath when I have them. Now it is like my diapragm seizes up and I can't inhale or exhale till nearly passing out. The other night the only thing that got me breathing was when I started vomiting. My wife has called paramedic 3-4 times and taken me to er but they can't find what it is. They scheduled tests with a specialist but then canceled due to there being a national shortage of barium, which is the contract substance they use during the x-rays. They sometimes stop at night when I fall asleep but the second I stand up they start up again I am at my wits end not knowing what to do or how to get rid of them. None of the home remedies work. Thorazine use to help but not anymore. Cough syrup with codiene and another substance used to work also but now only helps for short periods. I had surgery about 4 years ago on my neck when my cervical spine was fused togegther in my neck. They went in through the front of my neck and pushed my vocal cords aside to get to my spine, don't know if that had anything to do with it or not. I am at a loss.

posted on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 5:11pm
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Bgirl says:

I know this is from years ago but did you ever find the cause? my 3 year old almost exactly what you described. her hiccups last so long (for days) that her stomach spasms out of control like 10 or 15 at a time till she almost passes out.

posted on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:04am
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Lisalicious says:

Blarkins, to respond to your post I've got to let you in in my favorite little secret....go a quiet place....then close your eyes and think of the most intimate, passionate moment with your wife......Trust me I'm in the same boat as you.....and amazingly enough it works......good luck.....

posted on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 2:33am
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Lisalicious says:

This is basically what I was trying to tell you:
" So I just did away with the trick part of the cure. When I start to hiccup, I stop what I’m doing and concentrate on waiting for my next hiccup. It never comes. The WAIT is the cure. Anyone can mentally think away their hiccups. Really. It works, perfectly. You may not believe it till you try it. On the old site,. my guestbook is filled with thousands of people who were amazed. Lives have been changed."the concentrating does everything...

posted on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 2:49am
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Anonymous says:

thank you! it really worked for me. suffering for this for about 3days.

posted on Sat, 02/23/2013 - 9:15am
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Anonymous says:

Ive had the hiccups fir the past 42 hrs and it still hast withes

posted on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:22pm
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Angie says:

Take a q-tip and rub it on the roof of your mouth for about 30 seconds to a minute. It works everytime!!!

posted on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:58pm
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Anonymous says:

Thank god i found this page, got hiccup since 12:00 til 10:00. holding breath wasn't working (it did once earlier but came back) , so was drinking water. And then came across this page, said to increase by CO2 in blood, so i pull out a plastic bag and breath inside it, didn't work that fast took about 1min and by then i'm startng to feel dizzy but the hiccup stop. Breathing in a plastic bag could be a bad idea if for some reason you pass out and it stuck onto your face it can kill you.

posted on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 9:21pm
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Exes says:

I had hiccups for 29 hours. I surfed the internet for solution but none seems to work out. My boss asked me to do this. hold my breath, with my head up and gulp water as much as I can. BELIEVE ME. IT WORKED. It came back after 6hrs. I repeated the procedure and its gone again for good

posted on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 2:03am
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Sachin says:

Hold your breath for 20 seconds works like magic. I had hiccups for two streight days...tried the technic of holding the breath with throat open. Guess what... it worked. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH ! GOD BLESS ..!

posted on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 12:12pm
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lainey says:

stand on your head and drink a glass of water.

posted on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 12:33pm
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Cressa says:

Wow!! I was freaking out! So scared. I have been trying everything. I can't believe this just worked. It's been 3 hours every 4 seconds. It took 3 sips with my ears and nose plugged and boom gone. Why did this work and nothing else did??? Amazing. I'm so relieved and grateful!!

posted on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 12:26am
Ziyad's picture
Ziyad says:

Best cure for hiccups ever. I have tried all methods for two days and nothing worked, but this one the hiccups were gun within seconds. Thank you so much.

posted on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 7:35pm
Jennifer Moore's picture
Jennifer Moore says:

i have had the hiccups for 2 days straight and they would go away and 15 mins later they would come back, my boyfriend is trying to sleep bec he has court in the morning and he couldn't even do that because i could not stop hiccuping, so i got p and looked on the computer and found this and i tried it and it ACTUALLY WORKEd THE FIRST TIME I DID IT all the others did not work for me but this did. thank you :)

posted on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:47pm
sanny's picture
sanny says:

My father had continuos hiccups for 3 days.what can i do to stop his hiccup.

posted on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:15am
mady's picture
mady says:

Thank you so much buddy !!! I was suffering from last two days.. but your trick worked miracaly.. now I can feel good.. thank you once again!!

posted on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:07pm
Boneclaw I Suppose We Shall ;o's picture
Boneclaw I Suppose We Shall ;o says:

Find some water. Take long gulps, very slow, without stopping.

posted on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:34am
Janey's picture
Janey says:

It always works for me to hold my breath while I swallow three times and then keep holding my breath 5 more seconds after. It may be a little tedious but it ALWAYS works for me at least.

posted on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:41pm
Ryan's picture
Ryan says:

I suffer from chronic hiccups - the kind that begin to hurt. Let me tell you, I have tried nearly every weird folk remedy under the sun... Drinking water upside down, eating raw garlic, holding my breath. None have "really" worked. After doing some digging recently I came across a strange little product - Hiccupops. Apparently they are lollipops that stop hiccups. I was a little skeptical but found the main ingredients - apple cidar vinegar and unprocessed sugar - and realized that they stimulate the vagus nerve endings in your throat. This helps "reset" your diaphragms spasm, stopping hiccups.

You might want to add them to this article!

posted on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 7:59am
Randy's picture
Randy says:

Plugging my ears and nose and taking a sip of water worked instantly!!!! Thank you!!!!!

posted on Sat, 12/20/2014 - 1:53pm
astrid h. clem's picture
astrid h. clem says:

for getting rid of the hiccups my family eats peanutbutter it usally works for about 15 minutes.

posted on Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:50pm
TJ Nienaber's picture
TJ Nienaber says:

Eat salted soda crackers. Works every time for me and my daughters. Might take a few crackers but works.

posted on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:11pm
RA B's picture
RA B says:

After I have hiccuped, I gulp 3 times before the next hiccup and it goes away instantly every single time. It's quite difficult to do, but completely fail safe!

posted on Sun, 04/12/2015 - 2:19pm

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