Hiccups usually occur when there is an involuntary and sudden spasm of the diaphragm muscle (a muscular partition which separates the abdomen and thorax). The causes of hiccups are not yet known, but studies suggest that it can be caused due to eating or drinking quickly, abdominal surgery, strokes, brain tumors, noxious fumes and certain medications. Sometimes sudden changes in the temperature and excitement also lead to hiccups. If hiccups persist for a prolonged period of time, it results in exhaustion and malnutrition.
Hiccups are usually not a cause for concern. They come and go by themselves. Yet if it lasts for more than 48 hours and interferes with your breathing and sleeping patterns, it is important to get it diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Sometimes, swallowing air, drinking alcohol or carbonated beverages can also lead to prolonged hiccups.
It is recommended to seek help of a general physician or a certified medical practitioner to treat hiccups. They may provide medications to heal acid reflux which can aid in treating hiccups.
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