In most cases hiccups go away on their own without medical treatment. However, if a bigger cause, such as a medical problem, is behind your hiccups, then they will go away only by treating that illness. Medications are one of the hiccups treatments. Also, the doctor may recommend surgical procedures. Meanwhile, you can try some home remedies like breathing into a paper bag, gargling with ice water and holding breath.
How to diagnose hiccupping?
During the physical exam, your doctor may perform a neurological exam to check your:
- Balance and coordination
- Muscle strength and tone
- Sight and sense of touch
These tests help the doctor to find out if some underlining medical condition may be causing your hiccups.
Hiccups Treatments: medications and surgical measures.
If your hiccups don't go away, there are a number of medications for treating long-term hiccups, including Baclofen, Chlorpromazine and Metoclopramide.
However, if medications aren't effective, your doctor may recommend to inject anesthetic in your phrenic nerve to stop hiccups. Another option is to implant a battery-operated device through surgery. Well, if these measures sound a little scary to you. Don't worry. You can always try some home remedies.
Lifestyle and home remedies: gargling with ice water, holding breath and more
Although there's no certain way to stop hiccups, these home remedies may help you end the annoying hiccups. No one can say for sure that they are effective, but some of them may actually help you:
- Breathe into a paper bag
- Gargle with ice water
- Hold your breath
- Sip cold water
If you have chronic hiccups, some lifestyle changes may help. For example, you can try to avoid carbonated beverages and gas-producing foods. Also, you can break your breakfast, lunch and dinner into four or five smaller meals. This will help your stomach digest and relieve your symptoms.