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Hiccups

What are the different kinds of hiccups?

There are several different types of hiccups. They can last for a few minutes or even for several years.

Benign hiccups are the most common and only last for a few minutes.

Did you know that Charles Osborne had hiccups for 68 years?

What causes hiccups?

Hiccups can be caused by consuming fizzy drinks or a particularly large meal, eating too quickly or by swallowing air while eating. As the stomach stretches, it irritates the diaphragm and air struggles to reach the trachea and the lungs. This triggers a vibration of the vocal chords, at the epiglottis.

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