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Doctor insights on: Adenoids Causing Sensitive Gag Reflex

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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 ".

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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).

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What could cause the epiglottis to hang down too far and trigge the gag reflex?

What could cause the epiglottis to hang down too far and trigge the gag reflex?

See below: You're probably thinking about the uvula rather than the epiglottis. Any type of infection or inflammation can cause this.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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