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      Category : Health Centers > Respiratory System (Lungs and Breathing)


Alternate Names : Diaphragmatic Spasms

Hiccups | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

A person who is prone to hiccups should:

  • eat more slowly
  • eat smaller portions
  • stop smoking, if he or she smokes
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Most bouts of hiccups are harmless. They begin suddenly, usually without any obvious cause. They usually stop after several seconds or minutes. Frequent, prolonged attacks of hiccups, which are extremely rare, may lead to severe exhaustion.

    What are the risks to others?

    Hiccups are not contagious, and pose no risk to others.

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    Hiccups: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Dr. Karen Wolfe, MBBS, MA
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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