February 28, 2019
Everyone at some point in his life had a hiccup. The myth was revealed and it was known if it is a hiccup, it is effectively cured with a scare.
As long as someone has a hiccup, the techniques to stop are thousands. However, no one knows for sure what is most effective. A scare, laughter, taking unused breaths of water, are some of the best known.
Popular wisdom affirms that when somebody has a hiccup how to get it out is very simple: give a good scare to the tortured to eliminate it. However, science says something else.
"Hiccups are produced by spasms of the diaphragm, the main respiratory muscle, which are transmitted to the vocal cords generating the typical noise," said Diego Golombek, biologist and Conicet researcher.
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As for the scare, Golombek told an ancient fable: "There is an old story of a soldier who wanted to heal the hiccup to a colleague pointing to him with his weapon, which accidentally fired, which did not only end the problem but also with his life ".
In turn, he admits that the causes or the alleged treatments for hiccups are not clear, and that fear could activate the sympathetic nervous system -consciously- and in turn change the "orders" of respiratory centers of the brain.
Most of the time, it originates from common causes such as eating fast, stomach distress, drinking a lot of gas, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and even anxiety, among other factors.
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Popular beliefs are becoming more and more original. Some recommend making a deep inspiration and hold your breath for more than 15 seconds, drink very cold water, chew ice, and even kiss a wall!
So a scare could also be the answer. Golombek says "it's a matter of trying."