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What does it mean NT 2 hv a gag reflux and is it dangerous?

What does it mean NT 2 hv a gag reflux and is it dangerous?

Yes: The lack of gag reflex is a neurologic problem and has to be evaluated. The gag reflex is the safeguard that if anything goes from the mouth to the lungs instead of the esophagus, you cough it up so as to prevent aspiration and pneumonia. This reflex is actually depressed with age and sleep or with sedating medicines and we have to be careful. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more


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How can you tell if you have a overactive gag reflux? I feel nauseous all day.

How can you tell if you have a overactive gag reflux? I feel nauseous all day.

Not related: Overactive gag reflux would not cause nausea all day, but only need to vomit when stimulus/object is in back of throat. Maybe see primary care MD to rule out ulcers, gastric reflux. Scott Sazima DDS ...Read more

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Can anyone explain what is the difference between gag reflex and overactive gag reflux?

Can anyone explain what is the difference between gag reflex and overactive gag reflux?

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

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What are the symptoms of an overactive gag reflux? I feel like I have to throw up all day.

What are the symptoms of an overactive gag reflux? I feel like I have to throw up all day.

Find symptom's cause: Recurrent nausea may be gi-related (food poisoning, peptic disease, gastroparesis, due to biliary & pancreatic disease, gas/bloat syndrome, small bowel problems). Consider "central" causes: motion sickness, vertigo, migraine headache, brain problems (some very serious). Also, rule out infection (? Urinary tract), medication side effects, pregnancy, & even reaction to stress. Find & treat cause. ...Read more

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What are good table foods to try on a 13 mon old with egg and almond allergies? She has a bad gag reflux that doesn't help either.

What are good table foods to try on a 13 mon old with egg and almond allergies? She has a bad gag reflux that doesn't help either.

Avoid egg nut peanut: Avoid all products with egg, tree nuts (almond, brazil nut, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio, pecan, walnut, macadamia), peanuts. Person with tree nut allergy has 23-50% chance of being peanut allergic and allergy to one tree nut frequently associated with other tree nut allergies. Read labels carefully. It is essential to see allergist skilled in food allergy to sort out what the baby's allergies are. ...Read more

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Can homeopathy help an elderly with dementia and on peg tube, to clear secretions and with gag reflux? Please, thanks!

Can homeopathy help an elderly with dementia and on peg tube, to clear secretions and with gag reflux? Please, thanks!

Yes, possibly: I answered a question like this before -- it requires an experienced homeopath with astute perception. Family and those familiar with the patient would also need to describe what recent changes they see from his/her baseline. There are remedies which may help the rattling secretions, etc in a palliative way. Finding the exact right one depends on good case-taking & good homeopathic training. ...Read more

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Im a receptionist at a dentist & a lady puked in the chair. She said it was a gag reflux, but Im scared Im going to catch a stomach virus. Possible?

Im a receptionist at a dentist & a lady puked in the chair. She said it was a gag reflux, but Im scared Im going to catch a stomach virus. Possible?

Body fluids: 23 year old lady with concern regarding emesis at her place of employment. Bodily fluids can carry different pathogens. Vomiting for example benefits both the host and a virus- it is expelled but also spread. If one comes into contact with a sick person vomiting, wash your hands frequently and don't touch your face/mouth. Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces and use barrier methods gloves etc ...Read more

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What causes non symmetrical face structure, sinus problems, and unequal pupil size with double vision? Lump in neck, poor gag reflux,and diff swallow?

What causes non symmetrical face structure, sinus problems, and unequal pupil size with double vision? Lump in neck, poor gag reflux,and diff swallow?

Brain Tumor ? : The constellation of symptoms implies a central brain tumor compressing the optic nerve and possibly other brainstem neurons in the lower part of the brain ...Read more

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What causes acid redlux to make you gag? And what generally can cause acid reflux. I usually don't have acid reflux.

What causes acid redlux to make you gag? And what generally can cause acid reflux. I usually don't have acid reflux.

Acid reflux: Acid reflux is acid from the stomach going up the esophagus and causing pain from irritation. Usually diet is the most common cause of acid reflux. Avoid excessive alcohol, caffeine, nicotine. Try not to lay down after eating. Weigh loss and avoiding tight constricting garments will also help. Recurrent or persistent abdominal pain or reflux should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Bad gastric reflux. Wake up coughing and coughing and gagging. At work I cough and gag, what to do?

Elevate the bed: Take a proton pump inhibitor in the morning before breakfast, then an h2 blocker at night before bed. But elevate the head and the bed with bricks, books, or get a mattress wedge. Pillows do not work. ...Read more

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My daughter has mild case of reflux (spit a bit) and gagging and coughing. What could be causing this?

GER reduction: Certain foods, activities, medications and conditions that increase pressure in your abdomen can trigger reflux. An over the counter acid reflux medication may help these symptoms, but see your doctor for evaluation if you are not relieved or if your symptoms change or worsen. Untreated acid reflux can cause esophageal strictures, respiratory problems, ulcers and throat disorders. ...Read more

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Have constant gagging been chewing on altoids for about 5 years to help with it. Now have bad acid reflux guessing because of peppermint. Any idea?

See your doctor: He/she can listen and examine you, and determine if you have acid reflux disease. If that's the case and treatment doesn't work, he/she can refer to a GI doctor. ...Read more

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I have a belch reflux disorder. i cant burp, i have pain and bloating every time i eat unless i gag myself. do you know of any treatments?

I have a belch reflux disorder. i cant burp, i have pain and bloating every time i eat unless i gag myself. do you know of any treatments?

Gastroenterologist: Don't force yourself to burp as this only causes more gas buildup. Drinking hot(not too hot) water breaks down gas and enables you to pass it rectally. Eating several smaller meals daily is better than large meals.Avoid oily foods.Taking simethicone after meals helps prevent gas buildup. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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In btwn feedings, my 6wk old turns red, grunts & strains, as if gagging or dry heaving. Curdled milk comes up at times. She is diag w reflux. Help?

In btwn feedings, my 6wk old turns red, grunts & strains, as if gagging or dry heaving. Curdled milk comes up at times. She is diag w reflux. Help?

Not serious: The grunting and straining is often how infants move their bowels even though at that moment they may not have a stool. With the pressure from grunting it is exaggerating the reflux. May want to be on Zantac (ranitidine) for the reflux until your baby grows out of it. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Suffering with constant sinus drainage and gagging every morning and after eating. Tried all kinds of meds, but no help. Have been saddled with about every pill i can think of for the last 23 years. Nothing helps! have use rinses and acid reflux omeprazo

Suffering with constant sinus drainage and gagging every morning and after eating. Tried all kinds of meds, but no help. Have been saddled with about every pill i can think of for the last 23 years. Nothing helps! have use rinses and acid reflux omeprazo

Typically : Typically when one has failed maximal medical therapy, and your history and exam is consistent with chronic sinusitis, the next step is to obtain a ct scan of the sinuses to see what the extent of the disease is, and if there are any anatomical factors that are predisposing you to these chronic symptoms. Only then can a determination be made as to the appropriateness of sinus surgery. If you haven't already, i would see an ENT physician and discuss these concerns. ...Read more

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Been doing it for years i have reflux also but certain times when brush my teeth i gag for 2 min trying not to throw up why?

Been doing it for years i have reflux also but certain times when brush my teeth i gag for 2 min trying not to throw up why?

More sensitive: The acidity of the acid reflux and just possibly a hyperactive gag reflex may be creating your problems. Sometimes it is good to swish your mouth with very cold water or a strong mouth rinse prior to brushing, especially when brushing your tongue. Trial and error and try not to think about it when doing it. ...Read more

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Hello, I keep having cough caused by tickle deep in a throat for many weeks now. When I cough I start gagging. Can it be caused by acid reflux?

Hello, I keep having cough caused by tickle deep in a throat for many weeks now. When I cough I start gagging. Can it be caused by acid reflux?

Yes but....: There are many causes. Acid reflux can cause lung or throat issues, but the tickle would unlikely stay in one spot. You should see an ENT specialist! ...Read more

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Hello-struggling with a constant gagging reflex lately. doctor gave Prilosec for acid reflux. Now it is getting worse. Currently taking Abilify (aripiprazole) also?

Hello-struggling with a constant gagging reflex lately. doctor gave Prilosec for acid reflux. Now it is getting worse. Currently taking Abilify (aripiprazole) also?

Gagging: acid reflex would be a possibility a cause the symptoms. However, The private sector should've helped it if that was the case. I would check back with your doctor or see if your nose and throat doctor. ...Read more

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Have acid reflux. Cough, choke, gag and expel lots of phlem/mucus. Developed gurgle in throat which expels lots of mucus when I cough, for 30+ days. e?

Have acid reflux. Cough, choke, gag and expel lots of phlem/mucus. Developed gurgle in throat which expels lots of mucus when I cough, for 30+ days. e?

A trial of : lansoprazole 15 mg (over the counter med) 30mins before breakfast and dinner for 2 weeks. If it does or does not helps see your doctor ...Read more

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Just got barium swallow it shows no acid reflux all normal. Can allergies cause throat clearing and gagging cough? On occasion lump throat feeling muc

Just got barium swallow it shows no acid reflux all normal. Can allergies cause throat clearing and gagging cough? On occasion lump throat feeling muc

Yes: Postnasal drips from nasal allergy or sinusitis can induce throat symptoms and a cough but then a barium swallow may not entirely rule out the presence of reflux. pH study is far more sensitive. ...Read more

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Is it ok if i don't have gag refluxes and is a sign of hypothyroidism?

Is it ok if i don't have gag refluxes and is a sign of hypothyroidism?

No: That is not a sign of hypothyroidism. However, if you already do have hypothyroidism, make sure your levels have been normalized with brand name T4 replacement. ...Read more

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Do people with hypothyroidism have bad gag refluxes?

Do people with hypothyroidism have bad gag refluxes?

No: That is not a symptom of hypothyroidism. If, however, you already have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, make sure your levels have been normalized with the proper dose of brand name T4 replacement. ...Read more

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What is reflux?

What is reflux?

Backward fluid flow.: Reflux generally means that a body fluid is flowing backward, usually in the wrong direction. One example is stomach acid in gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), where acid moves back up into the esophagus to cause heartburn instead of exiting to the intestine. In the bladder, vesicoureteral reflux (vur) occurs when urine moves back up toward the kidneys rather than remaining in the bladder. ...Read more

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What is venous reflux?

What is venous reflux?

Vein Valve Collapse: Veins contain one way valves which under pressure can sometimes fail and allow blood to backflow or "reflux". This is what leads to spider or varicose veins. ...Read more