What Are the Signs of Hiccups and What Are the Risk Factors?

It’s common for everyone to hiccup once in a while, especially after a meal. However, some people tend to hiccup more often than others. And some people can be hiccupping for a long time before they can stop. The risk factors of hiccups include gender, mental or emotional issues and surgery.

Hiccupping – a symptom

Hiccupping is not a prblem. Rather, it is a symptom. It may sometimes be accompanied by a slight tightening sensation in your chest, abdomen or throat.

Make an appointment to see your doctor if your hiccups last more than 48 hours or if they are so severe that they cause problems with eating, sleeping or breathing.

Risks factors: gender, mental or emotional issues and surgery

Men are much more likely to develop long-term hiccups than are women. Other factors that may increase your risk of hiccups include:

  • Mental or emotional issues. Anxiety, stress and excitement have been associated with some cases of short-term and long-term hiccups.
  • Surgery. Some people develop hiccups after undergoing general anesthesia or after procedures that involve abdominal organs.
* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.