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How to avoid hiccups?

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Posted on Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Question: how to avoid hiccups?
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Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Stop breathing as long as you can sustain

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Hiccups are mainly due to diaphragm muscle irritation. The vagal nerve innervates it.

You can withhold the breath voluntarily as long as you can and slowly resume, this way the diaphragm will not move and the next action potential sets in stopping the hiccups.
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How to avoid hiccups?

Brief Answer: Stop breathing as long as you can sustain Detailed Answer: Hi, Hiccups are mainly due to diaphragm muscle irritation. The vagal nerve innervates it. You can withhold the breath voluntarily as long as you can and slowly resume, this way the diaphragm will not move and the next action potential sets in stopping the hiccups.