How to stop hiccups after surgery

Below are some tips and home remedies for dealing with a bout of hiccups. All of these are ideas recommended by the NHS and CDC:

Breathing and posture

Breathe in and hold the breath for about 10 seconds, then breathe out slowly. Repeat three or four times. Then repeat 20 minutes later.
Breathe into a paper bag – it is important to not cover the head with the bag.
Bring the knees to the chest and hug them for 2 minutes.
Gently compress the chest; this can be achieved by leaning forward.
Eating and drinking

Gargle with iced water.
Drink from the far side of the glass – stand up, bend over, and place the mouth on the opposite side of the glass. While bending, tilt the glass away from the body and drink.
Place a couple of drops of vinegar in the mouth.
Place some granulated sugar on the tongue. When it melts, swallow it.
Sip very cold water slowly.
Drink a glass of warm water very slowly, all the way down without breathing.
Take a thin slice of lemon, place it on the tongue and suck it like a sweet.
Burping – some people find that if they consume a fizzy drink and burp, their hiccups go away. However, some doctors warn that sodas may also trigger hiccups.
Pressure points

Pull on the tongue – hold the end of the tongue in the fingers and tug. This stimulates the vagus nerve and eases diaphragm spasms, which may sometimes stop hiccups. This often does not work.
Press on the diaphragm gently.
Place gentle pressure on each side of the nose while swallowing.
In the vast majority of cases, hiccups go away on their own. Some say that by simply waiting and not worrying about them, the problem is likely to resolve more quickly.

If hiccups are caused by an underlying condition, treating that condition may help get rid of them.
If hiccups are persistent, a doctor may prescribe medication. This is often the case if a patient is:

unable to eat properly and is losing weight
sleeping abnormally or has insomnia
displaying signs and symptoms of clinical depression
The following drugs are known to help people with persistent hiccups:

Baclofen – a muscle relaxant.
Chlorpromazine – an antipsychotic medication.
Gabapentin – initially used for treating epilepsy, it is now prescribed for neuropathic pain and hiccups.
Haloperidol – an antipsychotic medication.
Metoclopramide (Reglan) – a medication used in the treatment of nausea.
Generally, doctors will reserve medication as a final resort having tried other options. Medications will also only be prescribed for severe and longer-term hiccups.

woman drinking and smoking with friends
Drinking and smoking are common triggers of hiccups.
Certain triggers cause most cases of hiccups. Avoiding these triggers can reduce the risk of hiccups occurring; these triggers include:

eating or drinking too quickly
drinking alcohol
eating spicy foods
a sudden change of temperature in the stomach caused by eating or drinking
extreme emotions
swallowing air while chewing gum
If hiccups are caused by an underlying medical condition, such as GERD, treating that condition can prevent them.

Through out of black flying ants

Identify the InsectIllustration of flying termite and flying ant.
Before you attack the ants (or the nest), you need to first make sure that you’re actually dealing with flying ants – not


At first glance, it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two. But these two insects have a few distinctive qualities.

Winged ants have antennae that are bent, and they have thin waists. Flying ants also have two different sized wings, with a smaller set of hind wings.
Termites have straight antennae, a wide waist, and their wings are equal size.
If you do have flying ants, move onto the next step.

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But if you’re dealing with termites, call a professional exterminator right away. Termites can cause serious, expensive damage in a short amount of time, and you don’t want to take half measures when trying to get rid of them.

2. Use a Commercial Aerosol Spray
If you’re dealing with only a small amount of winged ants, you can use a commercial aerosol spray to get rid of them.

You can pick up a can of commercial bug poison at your local home improvement store.

Aerosol sprays are more effective because they’re easy to direct and can easily target flying ants.

Please take care when using these sprays. Don’t point them at yourself, others or pets. If you’re going to use the spray inside, make sure that it’s safe for indoor use.

3. Dish Soap
A simple mixture of water and dish soap is an effective way to kill these winged insects. The soap dehydrates the ant, killing it in the process.

Just fill up a spray bottle with soap and water, and go to town.

The great thing about this spray is that it’s non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about using it indoors (aside from the fact that it’s messy), and it won’t hurt kids or pets.

4. Lay Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth (DE) will kill ants through dehydration. The powder actually contains little sharp edges that slice right through the body of the ants. And if the ants eat it, it will shred their insides.

Ideally, you want to place DE inside of the nest. But if you can’t locate the nest, try creating a perimeter around a food source that will attract the ant. The ant will walk through the DE, and die shortly after.

Make sure that you use food-grade DE, which is safe to use around kids and pets. Do not wet the powder. It needs to be dry for the sharp edges to be truly effective.

5. Track Down the Nest, and Attack
If you’re dealing with an ant invasion, you need something a bit more thorough than spraying ants with a bottle of soap. Otherwise, you may be there all day and night attacking these pests.

Before you put your plan of attack into motion, put on your investigator cap and track down the nest. The best way to find the nest is to follow the trail of ants. They’ll usually lead you right to their nest.

Killing the colony is a permanent solution, and will kill both the flying ants as well as their grounded cousins.

Once you’ve found the nest, use a commercial pesticide to kill the colony. Ideally, you want to choose a bait that the ants will take back to their nest.

6. Set a Trap with Borax and SugarTrap made out of jar, paper funnel, lemon and sugar inside.
Borax is lethal to ants. Mix it with something sweet, and they’ll take this sweet-smelling bait back to the nest for everyone to feast on.