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Adenoids And Gag Reflex
My tonsils feel like they are crowding my vocal cords and surrounding muscles, affecting my gag reflex, and causing snoring. I have further questions?
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
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
Right & left brain: Both sides of the brain are important, and each side plays a role in movement and sensation (for the opposite side of the body). In addition, each side of the brain has some special functions that the other does not- right side: creativity, rhythm,art left side: logic, computation, language (hearing and speech) ...Read more
Come again?: With very few exceptions, everyone DOES have a gag reflex. The afferent limb of the gag reflex is mediated by the glossopharyngeal nerve and the efferent limb by the vagus nerve. The reflex is part of your defense against foreign bodies getting lodged in your throat or airway. Maybe you had a different question in mind, because the one you posted doesn't make much sense. ...Read more
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