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Does your gag reflex change during pregnancy? If so, why?

Does your gag reflex change during pregnancy? If so, why?

Some women may: Have an increased gag reflex related to ^ beta-hcg levels. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...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 prevent gag reflex at the dentist?

How to prevent gag reflex at the dentist?

Nitrous oxide: I have found that using nitrous oxide gas helps. However in extreme cases I have used sedation dentistry to put patients to sleep with high hag reflexes. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would a uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Hi docs, would a uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Uvula: Good question. Would not make any difference as the gag reflex doesn't come from one area. ...Read more

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How common is it to get a gag reflex with dentures?

How common is it to get a gag reflex with dentures?

Fairly common: But this can be corrected by adjusting the length of the denture that extends onto the roof of your mouth. ...Read more

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How can I make myself vomit when I don't have a gag reflex?

How can I make myself vomit when I don't have a gag reflex?

BAD idea: Making yourself vomit is a bad idea You should see a doctor if you have an eating disorder ...Read more

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Is it possible that an increased gag reflex is a symptom of hypothyroidism?

Is it possible that an increased gag reflex is a symptom of hypothyroidism?

Depends: There is a saying in medicine. 'never say never'.
However I do not think that increased gag reflex is a usual or typical symptom of hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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How can I help my toddler with feeding difficulties, a hypersensitive gag reflex?

How can I help my toddler with feeding difficulties, a hypersensitive gag reflex?

Occupational therapy: Normal toddlers can be gaggy with certain foods. You will know if it is time for professional intervention if they begin having a feeding aversion and avoiding certain textures. When feeding time becomes a chore and you find yourself unable to cope or your child is not gaining weight it is time for help. Your pediatrician is the first place to start for advice and growth parameter evaluation. ...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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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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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 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. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of your gag reflex?

How can you get rid of your gag reflex?

Get rid of gag: Why on earth would you want to do that? You have a gag reflex for a reason. It helps protect your throat, alimentary tract and airway. Hang on to it. It could save your life someday. ...Read more

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Is hypersensitive gag reflex related to MS?

Is hypersensitive gag reflex related to MS?

Not likely: Multiple sclerosis is a disorder affecting various areas of brain, spinal cord, and eyes, with differing events over time. An isolated gag reflex change is not suggestive of MS, and could well represent biological sensitivity variations. If this is a problem affecting eating or swallowing, might have your doctor evaluate. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my gag reflex for oral?

How can I get rid of my gag reflex for oral?

Practice!: As with most things, practice makes perfect, there is no magic, medicine, or surgery to help you here. Some individuals have more of a gag reflex than others. ...Read more

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Could getting an uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Could getting an uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Uvula: No. It is a reflex which protects your airway. Gag reflexes can be voluntarily suppressed by some patients. Can be aggravated in others. Reflex varies on a scale of 0 to 10. ...Read more

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Can having a tonsillectomy reduce your gag reflex?

Can having a tonsillectomy reduce your gag reflex?

Sometimes: It isn't really well studied but some of my patients have told me the surgery helped with the gag reflux. You can't count on it, but if your tonsils are huge it stands to reason that decreasing the obstruction can open things up and diminish gagging in the presence of food or an upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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How can I help my toddler with a hypersensitive gag reflex?

How can I help my toddler with a hypersensitive gag reflex?

Soft, mushy foods: In general soft, mushy foods can help minimize the effects of a hypersensitive gag reflex, however everyone is different. It will take some (messy) trial and error to find out exactly what he can and can't eat. A good pediatric speech therapist is a great resource, you can find one affiliated with your nearest children's hospital. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it hard to get braces when you have a bad gag reflex?

I was wondering is it hard to get braces when you have a bad gag reflex?

Gagger: It is not "hard" to get braces with a gag reflex, but it may take more office time to place the braces. Speak to your orthodontic specialist about the concerns of a gag reflex. If I know ahead of time, there are methods of placing brackets w/o gagging patients, but again, it is a more timely process. ...Read more

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Gag reflex 3 months ago, I started having a gag reflex, not just in the morning, its all day. I cant focus in anything, and its embarassing me?

Gag reflex 3 months ago, I started having a gag reflex, not just in the morning, its all day. I cant focus in anything, and its embarassing me?

Gag?: May I presume you mean an esophageal discomfort and not three months of constant retching? If your gag reflex is actively retching for this long as I suggest a follow up with your primary care or GI doctor of choice? ...Read more

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Is it ok to not have a gag reflex or should I be worried dr said I don't have 1 he said he wasn't to worried but his face and voice told a diff story?

Stumping the Doctor: Your doctor may have just been reacting to what sounds like an odd question. If you are eating and drinking you have a gag reflex. It may be lessened in any given situation but to swallow without difficulties may be all the proof you need that there is no problem to be concerned with. ...Read more