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What Causes Hiccups? Have You Ever Asked Yourself This Question?

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Hiccups are caused by the involuntary contractions of your diaphragm, the muscle that separate your chest from your abdomen and plays an important role in breathing. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

The most common triggers for hiccups that last less than 48 hours include: Drinking Carbonate Beverages, drinking too much alcohol, eating too much, excitement or emotional stress, sudden temperature Changes, swallowing air wit chewing gum or sucking on candy etc.

Hiccups that last for more than 48 hours may be caused by variety of factors, which can be grouped into this categories:

Nerve Damage Or Irritation:

A cause of long-term hiccups is damage to or irritation of the vagus nerve or phrenic nerve, which serves as diaphragm muscle. Factors that can cause damage or irritation to these nerves include:

1. A hair or something else in your ear touching your eardrum.

2. A tumor, cyst or goiter in your neck.

3. Sore throat or Laryngitis.

General Nervous System Disorder:

A tumor or infection in your central nervous system or damage to central nervous system as a result of trauma can disrupt your body's normal control of the hiccup reflex. Examples include:

1. Encephalitis

2. Meningitis

3. Multiple Sclerosis

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5. Traumatic Brain Injury

6. Tumor.

Metabolic Disorder And Drugs:

Long-term hiccups can be triggered by:

1. Alcoholism

2. Anesthesia

3. Electrolyte Imbalance

4. Kidney Decease

5. Diabetes

Prolonged hiccups May interfere with: eating, sleeping, wound healing after surgery.

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