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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 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?

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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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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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?

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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