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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Dr. Troy Reyna Dr. Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
40 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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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".

Dr. Alex Shvartsman Dr. Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
21 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein Dr. Rothstein
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

Dr. James Vito Dr. Vito
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
33 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi Dr. Lotfi
Neurology
54 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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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

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Could someone get their tonsils out if they have a sensitive gag reflex?

Could someone get their tonsils out if they have a sensitive gag reflex?

Yes: Since procedure usually done under anesthesia, should be no real issue with the gag reflex.

Dr. Su Fairchild Dr. Fairchild
Integrative Medicine
20 years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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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.

Dr. Terri Graham Dr. Graham
Pediatrics
27 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett Dr. Poinsett
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Mark Fisher Dr. Fisher
Neurology
30 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Edward Smith Dr. Smith
Neurology
50 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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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).

Dr. David Martin Dr. Martin
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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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.

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