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Mom has had a cough for a year but in the last 3 months it has turned to a violent gag reflex making breathing very hard 15 seconds or so.?

Mom has had a cough for a year but in the last 3 months it has turned to a violent gag reflex making breathing very hard 15 seconds or so.?

No doctor yet???: Sorry about your mom. She has been coughing for a year and not been evaluated yet? Many thing can cause a chronic cough.Is she a smoker? It makes no sense to list the causes of cough. Please take your mom to doctor for full evaluation. Goosd luck. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...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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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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How to stop your gag reflex?

How to stop your gag reflex?

Why would you want..: ...to stop your gag reflex? When procedures are done such as endoscopies, TEE's, and other procedures that require penetration deeply into the pharynx and beyond local anesthesia can be given. However, just in general, there'd be little cause to do this...unless it is severely interfering in some way with NORMAL daily activities. Please send more questions to: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-saghafi ...Read more

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Whent I eat, I feel a gag reflex, why?

Whent I eat, I feel a gag reflex, why?

Gag eat: I need to look in your throat which we can do with your iPhone. Lets talk. ...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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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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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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Can someone tell me how to clean my tounge if I got the gag reflex?

Can someone tell me how to clean my tounge if I got the gag reflex?

Gag reflex: Try using a toothbrush or a tongue scraper of some sort. You will find that if you attempt to clean your tongue, it is sometimes easier to do in the evenings rather than in the morning when your gag reflex is more pronounced. ...Read more

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Can anyone explain what is the difference between gag reflex and overactive gag reflux?

Can anyone explain what is the difference between gag reflex and overactive gag reflux?

Yes: Gag reflex prevents us from chocking on foods. If your gag reflex effects your ability to swallow normal foods or liquids then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I not have a gag reflex is it dangerous 1 dr said it is but the other one says no?

Why do I not have a gag reflex is it dangerous 1 dr said it is but the other one says no?

Gag reflex: Not having this is dangerous. You should see a neurologist. The real issues is that there is a risk of aspirating while eating, burrping, etc... ...Read more

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If you were bulimic is it harder to please a guy with oral since you have changed your gag reflex?

If you were bulimic is it harder to please a guy with oral since you have changed your gag reflex?

Probably not: I would say if your gag reflex is stronger and you can not take it in as far, then maybe, but you should ask your partner if this concerns you. ...Read more

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If a person has a very strong gag reflex what would be the best way to have an endoscope done without doing damage?

Pre medication: Tell your doctor about the high gag reflex and they can adjust the medication you are given prior to the procedure to take care of this problem. ...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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I'm bulimic for 25 yrs and and purged once a day easily. For two weeks now I try to and nothing comes up. Why has this happened? My gag reflex is gone?

I'm bulimic for 25 yrs and and purged once a day easily. For two weeks now I try to and nothing comes up. Why has this happened? My gag reflex is gone?

Please seek help: bulimia is a very serious illness and can do permanent damage which can be fatal even after you stop purging. Talk to a clinical psychologist, your primary care physician and a nutritionist. ...Read more

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My 10wk old baby has a really strong gag reflex and often vomits due to this during/after feeds atleast 2 out of 6 feeds. What can I do? Is this bad?

My 10wk old baby has a really strong gag reflex and often vomits due to this during/after feeds atleast 2 out of 6 feeds. What can I do? Is this bad?

Mgt: There may be an issue with her coordination in swallowing the formula. In addition, reflux may contribute to this problem. Smaller volume feedings at an angle of at least 30 degrees, may help. I would advise feeding the baby with your provider observing these symptoms. A virtual consult is also available. ...Read more

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How do I stop my gag reflex?

How do I stop my gag reflex?

Not wise: Without a gag reflex you will choke and aspirate things into your airway that can kill you instantly. Watch what you wish for. Let your body's natural defenses take care of you. ...Read more

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Could everyone have a gag reflex?

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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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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What can I do to make my gag reflex stronger?

Probably can't: I am not aware of being able to increase the gag reflex on a voluntary basis. ...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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I have an uncontrollable gag reflex. What can I do?

Gag reflex: Everyone's gag reflex is different. It is possible to gradually overcome it, for example, sword swallowers at the circus. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could get back my gag reflex?

Can you tell me how I could get back my gag reflex?

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