How to Cure Hiccups

A reliable method for getting your breathing back on track.


Hiccups are caused by an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm — the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen.

When the diaphragm spasms, the vocal cords snap shut, producing the classic hiccup effect.

Common causes of hiccups include eating or drinking too quickly, swallowing air with food, drinking carbonated or alcoholic beverages, and smoking.

Most bouts of hiccups last only a short time, and they often go away on their own, but if you want to hasten their departure, try this partner-based strategy. It’s one of the most effective hiccup cures we’ve found.

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