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What is a \gag reflex?

What is a \gag reflex?

Normal reflex: Gag reflex is a normal reflex where stimulation of the back of the throat will provoke choking and gagging. This reflex is often absent in patients with severe neurological injury (stroke) or head injuries. ...Read more

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Adenoids (Definition)

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, ...Read more


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Why do we have a gag reflex? What controls it?

Why do we have a gag reflex? What controls it?

Gag reflex: Contraction of the back of the throat is triggered by an object touching the roof of the mouth & back of tongue is a protective mechanism to help prevent choking. The reflex action involves two nerves, one is sensory from the throat (Glossopharyngeal nerve) to the brain, and the other one the motor nerve (Vagus nerve) from the brain to the throat. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any way to nub the gag reflex?

Please let me know if there is any way to nub the gag reflex?

Gag reflex: Deep relaxation, numbing the mouth & throat, desensitization by training the soft palate to get used to being touched. I am assuming you meant "Numb" when you said "Nub". ...Read more

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Can you get rid of the gag reflex?

Can you get rid of the gag reflex?

No!: One can learn to control this reflex but god gave it to you and it is there to protect your airway and to empty your stomach when necessary. I would assume your are referring to this in lieu of oral sex practices (but you know what assuming does). Gag reflex is normal, necessary and shouldn't be tampered with. ...Read more

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Is hypersensitive gag reflex related to MS?

Is hypersensitive gag reflex related to MS?

Not likely: Multiple sclerosis is a disorder affecting various areas of brain, spinal cord, and eyes, with differing events over time. An isolated gag reflex change is not suggestive of MS, and could well represent biological sensitivity variations. If this is a problem affecting eating or swallowing, might have your doctor evaluate. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my gag reflex for oral?

How can I get rid of my gag reflex for oral?

Practice!: As with most things, practice makes perfect, there is no magic, medicine, or surgery to help you here. Some individuals have more of a gag reflex than others. ...Read more

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Can having a tonsillectomy reduce your gag reflex?

Can having a tonsillectomy reduce your gag reflex?

Sometimes: It isn't really well studied but some of my patients have told me the surgery helped with the gag reflux. You can't count on it, but if your tonsils are huge it stands to reason that decreasing the obstruction can open things up and diminish gagging in the presence of food or an upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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How can I help my toddler with a hypersensitive gag reflex?

How can I help my toddler with  a hypersensitive gag reflex?

Soft, mushy foods: In general soft, mushy foods can help minimize the effects of a hypersensitive gag reflex, however everyone is different. It will take some (messy) trial and error to find out exactly what he can and can't eat. A good pediatric speech therapist is a great resource, you can find one affiliated with your nearest children's hospital. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it hard to get braces when you have a bad gag reflex?

I was wondering is it hard to get braces when you have a bad gag reflex?

Challenging: But not insurmountable. A qualified orthodontic specialist should be able to help you achieve your goals. ...Read more