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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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