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Hiccoughs- Symptom, Causes, Treatment of Hiccoughs


Hiccoughs is a agitation of the rhythm of breathing, in which unvoluntary contractions of the diaphragm (muscular partition in the middle of the chest and abdomen) are ensued by abrupt closure of the vocal cords. Usually the vocal cords open when the diaphragm constricts as we breathe in; in hiccoughs (also spelt hiccups), their closure concisely checks the flow of air into the lungs and produce in the characteristic sound.

Hiccoughs develop when an irritating impetus pretend the diaphragm or the nerves which control breathing.

Virtually attacks of hiccoughs are abbreviated and harmless, and can be quit by holding deep breaths some times, or by rebreathing into a paper (not plastic) bag.

Seldom, hiccoughs may be a symptom of a more life-threatening reason of agitation of the nervous control of breathing. They can acquire in intense illnesses such as pneumonia elaborated by pleurisy; kidney failure; stomach, enteric or pancreatic disorders; or liver disease. They sometimes appear after abdominal or chest surgery. In an such cases, the hiccoughs may proceed in spite of attempts to quit them. Any attack which cannot be discontinued by simple measures requires medical investgation so that the cause can be discovered and treated.

 

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