Hiccups are characterized by a gulping sound with a sudden closure of the glottis, but did you know hiccups could be a sign of something more serious than a slight disturbance?
Hiccups can be induced by anxiety and stress, eating too fast or eating too much oily food or when air is swallowed with food, but all these are usually unserious and they could probably only induce short term hiccups.
However, there are other times when hiccups could be a sign of other underlying health problems, if you notice hiccups and these signs, then you should seek medical help:
1. If you experience unrelenting painful and severe hiccups with chest pains, numbness, blurred vision and more it could be a sign of stroke.
2. Liver diseases, pneumonia, lung disorders can also cause irritation of the nerves that control the diaphragm which results in hiccups, in a case of unrelenting hiccup seek medical help.
3. Brain tumors, renal failure and some chronic medical disorders have all been reported to cause hiccups.
Try these home remedies to get rid of hiccups;
-Hold your breath
-Bite on lemon
-Gargle with water
But if you suspect that your hiccups are serious, then visit a physician.