Techniques that stimulate the nasopharynx and the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach, and can decrease hiccuping:
- Drink a glass of water quickly.
- Have someone frighten you.
- Pull hard on your tongue.
- Bite on a lemon.
- Gargle with water.
- Drink from the far side of a glass.
- Use smelling salts.
Beside this, are hiccups a side effect of steroids?
The two classes of drugs most often cited as causing hiccups are corticosteroids and benzodiazepines. Although the association may be anecdotal, many clinicians consider hiccups a potential side effect of steroid therapy, especially high doses of steroids.
What does it mean when you hiccup a lot?
A cause of long-term hiccups is damage to or irritation of the vagus nerves or phrenic nerves, which serve the diaphragm muscle. Factors that may cause damage or irritation to these nerves include: A hair or something else in your ear touching your eardrum. A tumor, cyst or goiter in your neck.
What effects hiccups?
Damage to the vagus or phrenic nerve may cause hiccups to last a long time. Problems with the liver, including swelling, infection, or masses can cause irritation of the diaphragm, which can cause hiccups. Some medications that can cause acid reflux may also have hiccups as a side effect.