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A hiccup or hiccough is a contraction of the diaphragm that keeps repeating itself, usually several times per minute. The name comes from the "hic" sound created by the abrupt rush of air into the lungs causes the epiglottis to close, creating a "hic" sound. When that happens, a person may need a bit of help getting rid of their hiccups. Here are several tips and tricks that have been reported to get rid of persistent hiccups:

* Briefly touch one end of a Q-tip to the small piece of flesh that dangles in the back of your throat (uvula). This triggers your gag reflex, which interrupts the spasms of your diaphragm.
* Sit on a chair or stand with legs slightly apart, hang your head near to your knee and breathe a little slower than usual at first, then as usual if desired. After the hiccups disappear, continue for at least one minute. From Jamaica.
* Stick out your tongue as far as you can without hurting yourself and maintain for several seconds.
* Sugar and vinegar. Take one teaspoon white sugar and one teaspoon of vinegar. If you can handle the taste- it's worth it. Pour vinegar over the sugar leveling it in the teaspoon.
* Lemon or orange wedge and bitters. Douse the lemon or orange wedge liberally with bitters. Eat the doused wedge, rind and all.
* Plain yellow mustard. Swallow one teaspoon.
* Sugar. Try a spoonful of sugar. Or a sugar cube.
* Ask a person to hiccup in front of a crowd of people. Another similar reported remedy is to ask the person an unexpected question, such as “Why does the porridge bird lay its eggs in the air?”
* Take your hand and pat around the crown of your head several times. Looks funny but supposed to work great.
* Carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide reportedly cures hiccups, so simply cup your hands around your mouth and breathe in and out a few times.
* Finger and thumb. With your right index finger and thumb, put pressure at the
end part (tip) of your left thumb and maintain for thirty seconds.
* The money cure. Take just about any denomination of money, and quickly tell the person with the hiccups that you will give it to them if they hiccup again in the next ten seconds.
* Water. Get someone else to pour a glass of water and hold it to your lips and then you drink. You must not touch the glass. Drink as much as they offer. (Of course they should only offer as much as a person could handle.) Never fails, as long as the person with the hiccups does not touch the glass.
* Water and fork. Place the fork tines up in the glass half or more full of water and try to drink the water without the fork moving.
* Water and a spoon. Get a tall cup and fill it up with water. Stick an upside down spoon in the glass with the cup part of the spoon facing inwards (curved part facing outwards). Drink the glass of water very fast with the curved part of spoon pressed to your forehead.
* Water and a straw. Drink a cup of water with your ears and nose plugged.
* Water and a straw take two. Take a glass of water with a straw. Set the glass on a counter with the straw in. Plug your ears and take 10 sips of water through the straw in a row without breathing through your nose.
* Water and a paper towel. Take one full glass of water and wrap the paper towel sheet over the rim of the opening. Drink several gulps of water through the paper towel.
* Water upside down. Fill a glass about 3/4 of the way full so there is enough room to tip the glass at about a 75 degree angle and the water will be as likely to spill. Bend over and drink from the opposite side of the glass.
* Think you've tried every water hiccup remedy in the book? Put a straw in a 6-ounce glass of water, press the tips of your index fingers into the indentations behind your earlobes where your neck and jawbone meet, and drink through the straw. Drink as much as you can while keeping pressure on those points. When the glass is empty, your hiccups should be gone.
* A teaspoon of peanut butter. If one doesn't do the trick then have one more
* If all else fails, go swimming! There is something to the way that you hold your breath while you are swimming under water that can't be duplicated when you are not. Just swim for the fun of it and before you know it, your hiccups should be gone!

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