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Hiccup can make people feel very uncomfortable. If they occur occasionally, you do not need to take it seriously. However, permanent hiccup may indicate serious problems. It may be a sign of renal failure.
Hiccup usually appears 40~60 times per minute with fairly regular intervals and lasts for several minutes. However, sometimes it can last more than 48 hours or even days. Hiccup in renal failure is mainly due to the following causes:
Increased urea level in blood: Urea is byproduct of proteins and is removed by kidneys normally. However, your diseased kidneys are not working normally, resulting in accumulation of urea in blood.
Medications: Some medications for Kidney Failure, especially steroids may cause hiccup.
Electrolyte imbalance: Healthy kidneys can balance the levels of electrolyte in blood. Electrolyte imbalance can attribute to hiccup in renal failure.
Aside from renal failure itself, hiccup may occur in the following conditions.
* Eat spicy food or drink cold water immediately after eating hot food.
* Eat too fast, so much air is also swallowed.
* Excessive laughing or coughing too hard.
* Central nervous system disease.
* Infection, tumor or abnormal blood vessels.
If you hiccup lasts for a long time, you should figure out if it is associated with a serious issue.
How to control hiccup if it is associated with renal failure?
1. Limit protein consumption to reduce the production of urea in blood.
2. Recover the balance of electrolytes.
3. Adjust the dose of medications or use other substitutes.
Additionally, the routine methods for controlling hiccup such as breathing into a paper back, inhale deeply, etc can relieve the condition temporarily, but can not eliminate it fundamentally.