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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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Hello, I have a sensitive gag relflex. Happens while brushing teeth, especially running, working out. Is there a way to prevent this? Very frustrating

Hello, I have a sensitive gag relflex. Happens while brushing teeth, especially running, working out. Is there a way to prevent this? Very frustrating

Anesthetic Spray: Try a light spray or gargle of Chloraseptic liquid to slightly numb the back of your mouth and throat. If the gagging persists see an ENT physician for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My gag reflex seems more sensitive..Brush teeth..Strong smells..Weird looking food .Garglin water from bathroom sink makes me gag. Why? Help

Mental or menstrual : The gag reflex is something that can be overcome with mental focus and positive reinforcement, albeit quite a bit of both! another potential reason is morning sickness. If that's completely out of the question, then consider practicing on decreasing the reflex. Some gag reflexes are so severe that only sedation allows for dental treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 4yo niece seems to get the stomach bug where she throws up for about two days quite often. She has a sensitive gag reflex too. What could this be?

My 4yo niece seems to get the stomach bug where she throws up for about two days quite often. She has a sensitive gag reflex too. What could this be?

Needs Evaluation: Recurrent episodes of vomiting may represent cyclic vomiting (possibly a migraine variant), but she should also be evaluated for food allergy. There may be other urinary/intestinal/hepatic/ovarian reasons for her episodes, so she should have an evaluation by a pediatric gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Don?T understand all the do s and don ts of pregnancy?

Don?T understand all the do s and don ts of pregnancy?

Normal life.: Pregnancy is a natural process. Lead you normal life. Should not be dieting, smoking, doing drugs and alcohol. No sky jumping, marathon race, paragliding.......Risky habits. It is related to time of gestation also...... To be more precise. ...Read more

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I m hyper sensitive to everything my husband says e.G callin the cat by our daughter s name.I worry bout it 4 ages until my husband reassures me?

I m hyper sensitive to everything my husband says e.G callin  the cat by our daughter s name.I worry  bout it 4 ages until  my husband reassures me?

How long: How long have you been hypersensitive to "everything" that your husband says? Does this happen with other people? It may be that your relationship needs some work, or you might have an issue that could be treated with counseling or medication. Symptoms like these are best determined by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on the findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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Hello there, am having the rectum pain since yesterday, and really terrible/untolerable yesterday. It still there, I don, t understand y is it, and s?

Hello there, am having the rectum pain since yesterday, and really terrible/untolerable yesterday. It still there, I don, t understand y is it, and  s?

Rectal abscess ?: May be you are developing a rectal abscess, it could be the reason for sudden pain, go to your doctor for examination and possible drainage of abscess. ...Read more

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What causes constant gagging?

Not normal: Not normal. See MD for exam to sort out cause. ...Read more

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Wht is cardio?I don't understand meaning

Wht is cardio?I don't understand meaning

Cardiovascular: Cardio is a shortened term for cardiovascular and it is usually in the context of exercise. If one does good exercise that causes a rise in heart rate and for a prolonged period of time then the heart muscle is stronger, metabolism is improved and one's natural health gets better. ...Read more