Persistent Hiccups Turns Out to be a Danger  – Almost everyone has experienced hiccups. Often, this condition occurs suddenly. However, if the hiccups are persistent, you should be aware of other illnesses that may trigger them.

Hiccups are the effect of a sudden contraction of the diaphragm muscle. The sound that occurs during hiccups occurs when the vocal cords close during muscle contraction.

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Various Causes of Hiccups

In general, the trigger for hiccups is related to diet. For example eating too much, eating too hot or too cold, swallowing while chewing gum, or consuming soft drinks.

Hiccups can also be caused by sudden changes in weather, stress, or being overly excited.

Although generally harmless, persistent hiccups that last more than two days should be looked for immediately. There are several conditions that are known to cause persistent hiccups, such as:

  1. Irritation of the eardrum due to a foreign body
  2. Sore throat
  3. Enlargement of the thyroid gland
  4. Tumors or cysts in the throat
  5. Pregnancy
  6. hiatus hernia
  7. Electrolyte disturbance
  8. Rise of stomach acid into the esophagus (gastroesophageal reflux disease / GERD).
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Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, kidney failure, cancer, or side effects of chemotherapy can also be a contributing factor to persistent hiccups.

In addition, this kind of hiccups can be caused by disorders of the central nervous system, causing the body to be unable to control hiccups.

Certain types of medical procedures can also cause persistent hiccups, such as the use of catheters in the heart muscle, bronchoscopy procedures on the lungs, and tracheostomy procedures on the neck.

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In fact, unhealthy lifestyles such as excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can also trigger persistent hiccups.

 

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