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Dr. Scott Rickert
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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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Do certain medications cause a sensitive gag reflex?

Do certain medications cause a sensitive gag reflex?

Possibly: Generally most medications do not effect the gag reflex per se. However, side effect of nausea or perhaps congestion may mimic symptoms that could be interpreted as a "sensitive gag reflex ". ...Read more

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What might cause gag reflex problems?

What might cause gag reflex problems?

Irritation: Anything which can irritate the nerves in the back of the throat may aggravate gagging, such as foreign objects (eg, fish bones), tumors, infections, masses in space between spine and back of throat, swollen neck lymph nodes, medications; but also unpleasant thoughts, gastroesophageal reflux (gerd). ...Read more

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Everytime when I brush my tongue, I feel my gag reflex and I notice traces of blood when I rinse. What is the cause? Is it cause for concern?

Everytime when I brush my tongue, I feel my gag reflex and I notice traces of blood when I rinse. What is the cause? Is it cause for concern?

Gum disease?: Inflamed, irritated gums are the commonest cause for bleeding. Do you floss, water pic, etc? Gagging while brushing is not uncommon-keep head forward, pant like a dog if needed (keeps tongue forward, and elevates back of throat-less likely to gag). Use a soft bristle brush, mild toothpaste. Still bleed? -see dentist. Bleeding or bruising elsewhere? See md. ...Read more

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Is there a way to learn to control a sensitive gag reflex?

Yes.: How to do it is beyond the scope of my training. Sword swallowers in the circus could do this as a perfect example. ...Read more

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What is a sensitive gag reflex? How do you cure it?

What is a sensitive gag reflex? How do you cure it?

Reactive soft palate: The Hyperactive Gag Reflex (HGR) is the body's reaction to stimulation of the soft palate or posterior pharynx, usually by food. This typically results in vomiting and possible malnutrition. The cause if an excessively sensitive glossopharyngeal nerve or oversensitive area postrema in the brain (the nausea center). In 2017 the most effective treatment is desensitization of the reflex. ...Read more

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I've had a very sensitive gag reflex for a week. It acts up both when I'm eating and when I'm not. I would like to know what's going on with me! ?

I've had a very sensitive gag reflex for a week. It acts up both when I'm eating and when I'm not. I would like to know what's going on with me! ?

Irritation.: Something is irritating, either the back of your throat, causing you to have for active gag reflex, or the nerves, the glass of perennial nerve, which controls the gag reflex. A glass of for Angel in the Rye this, are you having any pain? You need to see an ENT or a neurologist or both. ...Read more

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6 yo w/sensitive gag reflex. Got a mouthful of water today at pool & vomited right away. This was 3 hrs ago. Seems fine now. Coughed 2x since. Worry?

6 yo w/sensitive gag reflex. Got a mouthful of water today at pool & vomited right away. This was 3 hrs ago. Seems fine now. Coughed 2x since. Worry?

If symptoms persist: If child is not having ongoing symptoms such as cough, choking, difficulty breathing, child is okay. Key to observe child over the next 24 hours. If symptoms of cough, choking or difficulty breathing occur, child needs evaluation in emergency room. Dry drowning and/or secondary drowning is very rare. ...Read more

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My gag reflex seems more sensitive. Brush teeth. Strong smells. Weird looking food. Garglin water from bathroom sink makes me gag. Why? Help

Mental or menstrual: The gag reflex is something that can be overcome with mental focus and positive reinforcement, albeit quite a bit of both! Another potential reason is morning sickness. If that's completely out of the question, then consider practicing on decreasing the reflex. Some gag reflexes are so severe that only sedation allows for dental treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 4yo niece seems to get the stomach bug where she throws up for about two days quite often. She has a sensitive gag reflex too. What could this be?

My 4yo niece seems to get the stomach bug where she throws up for about two days quite often. She has a sensitive gag reflex too. What could this be?

Needs Evaluation: Recurrent episodes of vomiting may represent cyclic vomiting (possibly a migraine variant), but she should also be evaluated for food allergy. There may be other urinary/intestinal/hepatic/ovarian reasons for her episodes, so she should have an evaluation by a pediatric gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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My tonsils feel like they are crowding my vocal cords and surrounding muscles, affecting my gag reflex, and causing snoring. I have further questions?

My tonsils feel like they are crowding my vocal cords and surrounding muscles, affecting my gag reflex, and causing snoring. I have further questions?

Sleep disorder: If your palatine tonsils are very large, they may cause an obstructive sleep disorder. This is a very common ethical reason for tonsillectomy. See an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip that goes down my throat near my gag reflex causing nausea. Are there any remedies for post nasal drip?

I have post nasal drip that goes down my throat near my gag reflex causing nausea. Are there any remedies for post nasal drip?

Post nasal drip: This is usually from nasal allergies and treating these should alleviate it, consult an allergist, they can help you determine your triggers and control your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible for your gag reflex to go away?

No: It is a normal protective reflex. You do not want to lose it. ...Read more

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I have an over active gag reflex what do I do?

I have an over active gag reflex what do I do?

Try this!: Stop throat clearing, voluntary coughing and spitting. If you are a smoker, quit smoking! Drink plenty of water, avoid caffiene and alcohol. ...Read more

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How come you don't get a gag reflex from eating hot dogs?

How come you don't get a gag reflex from eating hot dogs?

Really?: Do you swallow them whole? Or do you chew them up before trying to swallow them? If you chew them, then of course you wont' gag. ...Read more

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How to overcome a real big gag reflex?

How to overcome a real big gag reflex?

OK...: Gagging is a reflex, which means you can't control it. It is your bodies way of keeping you from choking on something in your throat.

Sorry - probably not the answer you wanted. ...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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How can you get rid of your gag reflex?

How can you get rid of your gag reflex?

Get rid of gag: Why on earth would you want to do that? You have a gag reflex for a reason. It helps protect your throat, alimentary tract and airway. Hang on to it. It could save your life someday. ...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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Could getting an uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Could getting an uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Uvula: No. It is a reflex which protects your airway. Gag reflexes can be voluntarily suppressed by some patients. Can be aggravated in others. Reflex varies on a scale of 0 to 10. ...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?

Gagger: It is not "hard" to get braces with a gag reflex, but it may take more office time to place the braces. Speak to your orthodontic specialist about the concerns of a gag reflex. If I know ahead of time, there are methods of placing brackets w/o gagging patients, but again, it is a more timely process. ...Read more

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Gag reflex 3 months ago, I started having a gag reflex, not just in the morning, its all day. I cant focus in anything, and its embarassing me?

Gag reflex 3 months ago, I started having a gag reflex, not just in the morning, its all day. I cant focus in anything, and its embarassing me?

Gag?: May I presume you mean an esophageal discomfort and not three months of constant retching? If your gag reflex is actively retching for this long as I suggest a follow up with your primary care or GI doctor of choice? ...Read more

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Is it ok to not have a gag reflex or should I be worried dr said I don't have 1 he said he wasn't to worried but his face and voice told a diff story?

Stumping the Doctor: Your doctor may have just been reacting to what sounds like an odd question. If you are eating and drinking you have a gag reflex. It may be lessened in any given situation but to swallow without difficulties may be all the proof you need that there is no problem to be concerned with. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of a hyperactive gag reflex?

Is there a way to get rid of a hyperactive gag reflex?

No: No, you can try and control your gag reflex by consciously not thinking about it, once you start gagging it is difficult to control it ...Read more