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Cough Gag Reflex
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.?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Repeated gagging can deaden the reflex.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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 have been nauseous every day for the past 2 months and my gag reflex has gone from nothing to feeling I could any moment. Is this medical or psych?
See your physician:
Need to see your physician
several things may cause this and could be a normal responce. ...Read more
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
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
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
Gag reflex: Everyone's gag reflex is different. It is possible to gradually overcome it, for example, sword swallowers at the circus. ...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
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