Hiccups often arise in the absence of any of the causes listed above, so you shouldn’t assume that just because you have hiccups, it’s due to one of those things (in fact, the odds are it’s not). Treatment of Hiccups Usually hiccups go away by themselves in a short time, and don’t require any treatment. Often, they respond to the simpler non-drug methods described here. If your hiccups last long enough to significantly interfere with sleep, eating, or normal activities, you should consider seeing a doctor, to whom you might want to mention the less common causes and prescription medications listed here.
PUVA is a special treatment using a photosensitizing drug and timed artificial-light exposure composed of wavelengths of ultraviolet light in the UVA spectrum. The photosensitizing drug in PUVA is called psoralen. Both the psoralen and the UVA light must be administered within one hour of each other for a response to occur. These treatments are usually given in a physician's office two to three times per week. Several weeks of PUVA is usually required before seeing significant results. The light exposure time is gradually increased during each subsequent treatment. Psoralens may be given orally as a pill or topically as a bath or lotion. After a short incubation period, the skin is exposed to a special wavelength of ultraviolet light called UVA. Patients using PUVA are generally sun sensitive and must avoid sun exposure for a period of time after PUVA. Common side effects with PUVA include burning, aging of the skin, increased brown spots called lentigines , and an increased risk of skin cancer , including melanoma . The relative increase in skin cancer risk with PUVA treatment is controversial. PUVA treatments need to be closely monitored by a physician and discontinued when a maximum number of treatments have been reached.