Hiccups may signal about deadly disease, when you need to go to the doctor. But, as a rule, this contraction of the diaphragm causes a short-term inconvenience.
Doctors say if you have the hiccups for a long time, even with breaks, it is time to sound the alarm. What is a hiccup, and when she gives you an important signal, according to med-inffo.
Hiccups cause involuntary contraction of the diaphragm is a muscle separating the chest and abdominal cavity. When we inhale, the lungs expand and the diaphragm descends, in a reverse process – there is an exhalation. But sometimes there is a failure, and the diaphragm involuntarily Contracting lungs pushed out the air with a characteristic sound.
Interestingly, scientists still don’t know the cause of such failures of the inhalation and exhalation, but I do know that in some cases the hiccup alarm.
Experts from the Mayo Clinic, one of the largest private medical research centers in the world – has named two symptoms of “dangerous hiccups”:
if you have been hiccupping for 48 hours or more,
you hiccup so long, but so hard that it prevents you eat, sleep and breathe.
And although it is hiccup to death will not lead, she can tell you about the dangerous disease and it is important to diagnose.
Causes of persistent hiccups
Hiccups that last a long time and it does not get rid of, cause by several factors.
Irritation or nerve damage
We are talking about phrenic or vagus nerves – those that control movement of the diaphragm. To damage or cause irritation can:
lint, dirt, small insects that got into the ear and touch the eardrum,
tumor, cyst, goiter in the neck,
laryngitis – what is the inflammation of the mucous membranes of the larynx – most often it is associated with colds or infectious diseases
Disorders of the Central nervous system (CNS)
The reason for persistent hiccups could be an infection, tumor or Central nervous system damage associated with injuries. Problems in this area can occur due to meningitis, encephalitis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors and so on.
Diseases associated with metabolism, and taking certain medications
Hiccups that do not pass can cause diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, electrolyte imbalance, alcoholism. Another reason for the hiccups associated with taking tranquilizers, steroids, barbiturates, painkillers.
But short-harmless hiccups may occur if you:
drank a soda,
had been drinking,
has changed dramatically the temperature around you – from warm apartment you went out into the cold and Vice versa,
ate too hot, cold, spicy food,
fear, excitement, arousal, stress, long laugh
accidentally swallowed air.
Such hiccups will pass quickly by itself, but when persistent hiccups should contact your family doctor.