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I don't understand why i'm so sensitive to smell. I start gagging every time I smell something funny. Is this normal?

I don't understand why i'm so sensitive to smell. I start gagging every time I smell something funny. Is this normal?

Hypersensitive smell: Some people are generally "hypersensitive" to intense scents and odors. If this is a recent development, you should see your physician or an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) for evaluation. ...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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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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I've had a very sensitive gag reflex for a week. It acts up both when I'm eating and when I'm not. I would like to know what's going on with me! ?

I've had a very sensitive gag reflex for a week. It acts up both when I'm eating and when I'm not. I would like to know what's going on with me! ?

Irritation.: Something is irritating, either the back of your throat, causing you to have for active gag reflex, or the nerves, the glass of perennial nerve, which controls the gag reflex. A glass of for Angel in the Rye this, are you having any pain? You need to see an ENT or a neurologist or both. ...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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I am experiencing very weak legs. Which i understand is normal for progressive ms. However, at present under my skin is highly sensitive and numb?

I am experiencing very weak legs. Which i understand is normal for progressive ms. However, at present under my skin is highly sensitive and numb?

See your doctor: If you have ms and are experiencing worsening of symptoms, you should see your neurologist. Yes, ms can be expected to worsen but there are different treatments available for these situations to keep it controlled as much as possible. ...Read more

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