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How to Get the Hiccups?

Hiccups are something that most of us will have to deal with from time to time. They usually aren’t a symptom of anything serious, but they can be a bit annoying all the same. It is hard to imagine that anyone would actually want to get the hiccups, but I’ve produced this guide just in case. Of course, this article might also be of value to those who don’t want to get hiccups because they can just do the opposite of what is recommended here.

What Are Hiccups?

Before we go on to talk about how to get hiccups it is probably helpful if we first discuss what they are. Most of us will know that a hiccup is an involuntary sound we make and that it can make our body jerk as we are making it. Let’s dig a little deeper though to see what is actually going on when we get these. A hiccup is involuntary contraction (also called a spasm) of the diaphragm muscle. When this spasm occurs it causes the vocal cords to shut in a rapid motion and it is this that creates the hiccup sounds. Researchers are still not fully sure what is happening when we hiccup, but we have found out many possible causes. In most instances it is not going to be the sign of anything sinister; unless we experience hiccups that just won’t go away. If we do have prolonged hiccupping then it is advisable to seek medical assistance.

How to Get the Hiccups

Here are just a few suggestions for how you might get hiccups if you really wanted to have them:

  • If you eat too much food then this can cause the stomach to distend and this might trigger the diaphragm to start to spasm. So if you are keen to get the hiccups you might try stuffing your face with as much food as you can get in there.
  • Eating too fast has been shown to cause hiccups; especially if we manage to gulp in large quantities of air as we are eating. These days we live in a fast paced word where a lot of us approach our meals as if it were a race; it is little wonder that we frequently end up having to deal with the hiccups. If you want to encourage hiccups then make sure that you eat your meals as if you only had seconds to live.
  • Certain noxious fumes have been shown to trigger hiccups, but you would want to be really desperate to use this method – you could easily end up with more than you bargain for. Mind you, the fact that there is no so much pollution in our towns and cities means that most of us will easily be able to breathe in enough noxious fumes to start a hiccupping fit.
  • Spicy food and carbonated drinks are two other possible solutions for those who want to have the hiccups – especially if you eat and drink them fast.
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What are Symptoms of Rabies in Humans?

If we are bitten by a dog or other animal, we may be worried about the possibility of contracting rabies. This disease is actually fairly uncommon, but most of us will have heard about it from movies or other media. Although rare, it is a good idea to understand the symptoms of rabies because it can be very serious. Anyone who has been bitten by a wild animal should of course seek medical assistance right away, but even if it is an animal we are familiar with we should still get attention for the bite.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral infection that attacks the central nervous system. It can be deadly and it is passed to humans in the saliva of animals who have been infected with this virus. The vast majority of animals who have rabies will be wild; in some countries wild animals account for more than 90% of infections. The most common animals to pass on rabies are wild dogs, foxes, racoons, and bats. For people to contract rabies they will usually have been bitten by one of these animals; the skin will have been broken and this means that the saliva from the animal can pass on the infection. In very rare cases it has occurred that the infection has been passed onto humans without an actual bite.

The Symptoms of Rabies in Humans

The important thing to realise with rabies in humans is that the incubation period can vary greatly. Symptoms may appear relatively quickly or it could incubate for months – or even years. Most people with rabies though, will start exhibiting symptoms within 3 to 7 weeks. The most common symptoms that will be observed include:

  • Strange sensations at the part of the body where the original bite occurred
  • Numbness or tingling in the body
  • Increased anxiety for no apparent reason
  • Drooling at the mouth
  • Loss of muscle function
  • Hallucinations
  • Paralysis
  • Excitability
  • A low grade fever
  • People can start to have convulsions
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty swallowing and muscle spasms in the throat – this leads to the foaming at the mouth that is so often associated with rabies
  • Muscle spasms

If the symptoms of rabies are allowed to develop then they will lead to death so it is vital that people seek attention before symptoms appear. There is preventative treatment available but this needs to be commenced before the symptoms begin for it to be effective. If there is any chance that you may have contracted rabies your health care professional will provide you with five vaccine shots that are usually spaced out over 28 days. There are a couple of tests that can be performed in order to determine if you have indeed contracted this disease.

The best way to deal with rabies is to avoid getting bitten in the first place. Never approach an animal that is behaving strangely or acting aggressively. If you see such a suspicious animal you should get away from it and alert the authorities.