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Category: Diseases of The Nervous System

This is caused by intermittent, sudden contraction of the
diaphragm; obstinate hiccough is a very distressing symptom and sometimes
it is hard to control.


Causes. Inflammatory causes. It is seen in gastritis, peritonitis,
hernia, appendicitis, and in severe forms of typhoid fever. Irritative
causes. Swallowing hot substances, local disease of the gullet near the
diaphragm, and in many cases of stomach trouble and bowel disorder,
especially when associated with gas (flatus). Specific causes: Gout,
diabetes or chronic Bright's disease. Nervous (Neurotic) causes. Hysteria,
epilepsy, shock, or brain tumors.

MOTHERS' REMEDIES. 1. Hiccough. Vinegar for. "One teaspoonful vinegar
sipped carefully (so it will not strangle the patient) will stop them
almost instantly."

2. Hiccough, Sugar and Vinegar Stops. "A few drops of strong vinegar
dropped on a lump of sugar and held in the mouth until dissolved, will
stop most cases of hiccoughs."

3. Hiccough, Sugar Will Relieve Patient of. "Place a little dry sugar on
the end of the tongue and hold the breath. I have tried this remedy after
others have failed and obtained instant relief."

4. Hiccough, Simple Remedy for. "Have patient hold both ears closed with
the fingers, then give them three swallows cold water while they hold
their breath."

5. Hiccough, Home Remedy to Stop. "Take nine swallows of cold water while
holding the breath."

6. Hiccough. Vinegar Stops. "One teaspoonful of vinegar thickened with
sugar and eaten slowly."

7. Hiccough, Cinchona Bark in Peppermint Stops. "Put about one-fourth
teaspoonful of cinchona bark, powdered in two ounces of peppermint water,
and give one teaspoonful every five or ten minutes until relieved, or
three drops of camphor and aqua ammonia in wineglassful of water," These
remedies are very good when the stomach is at fault, as they have a
stimulating effect.

PHYSICIANS' TREATMENT. Sudden start may check it in the light forms. Ice,
a teaspoonful of salt and lemon juice may be tried. Inhalations of
chloroform often relieve. Strong retraction of the tongue may give
immediate relief. Spirits of camphor, one teaspoonful. Tincture of cayenne
pepper one to two drops in water. Ten grains of musk by the rectum.
Hoffman's anodyne one teaspoonful in ice water is very good.

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