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Dr. Seth Rosen
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Gagging (Overview)

Gagging is a clinical finding in which a person is either choking or has triggered the vomiting reflex.


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I have chronic post nasal drip, which often causes gagging. What can I do?

I have chronic post nasal drip, which often causes gagging. What can I do?

General advice: Drinking more fluids can dilute the mucus and make it less irritating. Nasal saline every 2 hours has a similar effect, and also flushes the mucus. Prescription nasal steroids often help, by reducing the inflammation which produces mucus. Keep in mind that in some people what feels like a postnasal drip is really acid reflux. ...Read more

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Dr. Seth Rosen
166 doctors shared insights

Gagging (Overview)

Gagging is a clinical finding in which a person is either choking or has triggered the vomiting reflex.


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What does it mean when you gag right after swallowing strong alcohol ?

What does it mean when you gag right after swallowing strong alcohol ?

Wrong choice: If a strong alcohol makes you gag upon swallowing, it’s probably not your best option. Your gag reflex is the first line of defense for your body to tell you something is wrong. It just means you should take a second and decide if that’s the right choice for your body. ...Read more

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With continuous exercise and proper nutrition to treat the daily threats of hypoglycaemia, is this condition curable not just a treatable daily chore?

With continuous exercise and proper nutrition to treat the daily threats of hypoglycaemia, is this condition curable not just a treatable daily chore?

Daily chore..: Sorry to say, but reactive hypoglycemia, which is typically what we experience, is not curable. Proper management includes smaller more frequent meals with as much as 35 grams of fiber for a woman/50 grams of fiber for a man divided evenly amongst the meals, with the intent of smoothening out the release of insulin from the pancreas throughout the day and night. ...Read more

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Can person choke on food then lose consciousness without warning signs like coughing or gagging?

Can person choke on food then lose consciousness without warning signs like coughing or gagging?

Yes...: If someone chokes on food and completely blocks their airway, they will lose consciousness without coughing or gagging. The heimlich maneuver can be life-saving in a case like this. ...Read more

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What are some holistic ways to cure a cold?

What are some holistic ways to cure a cold?

Pelargonium sidoides: Pelargonium sidoides, an herb native to south africa, has been proven to be a very effective treatment for colds. After 10 days 78.8% of those using this extract were clinically cured vs. 31.4% of those taking placebo. It shows even better results in acute sinusitis & bronchitis! it is widely available at health food store & even many pharmacies as "umcka." please see my comment for useful links:. ...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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My friend's son is gagging himself. He looks proportionate for 16 month but could this be a sign of neglect? My friend has in the past had drug issue which is my reason for concern. When her son does this she tells him no and gives him a binky. My friend

Hello. : Hello. I don't know the reason that your friends son gags himself. It could be a conditioned behavior. If he feels comforted by his binky and is given a binky whenever he gags, he may be conditioned to repeat the behavior. I don't think that this behavior taken in isolation would be a solid indicator for abuse. ...Read more

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How can I get a pill out of my windpipe? Gagging

How can I get a pill out of my windpipe? Gagging

Cough: If fails heimlich maneuver. If fails go to emergency room. ...Read more