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Fingers in mouth = Gagging. Why?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ice On Fire, 17 Feb 2006.

  1. Ice On Fire

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    Just wanted to know, why when we stick our fingers in our mouth and put them a the end of our toung, we start to gag and feel like we're going to puke? :confused:
     
  2. Gilly

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    Gag reflex. Its a safety measure.

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    The gag reflex is a reflex contraction of the back of the throat that prevents objects from entering the throat except as part of normal swallowing. This helps prevent choking.

    Touching the soft palate evokes a strong gag reflex in most people.

    Absence of the gag reflex is a symptom of a number of severe medical conditions, one of which may be damage to the glossopharyngeal nerve.
     
  3. Memphis

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    Could be talking complete rubbish here but is it not a reflex action to stop from choking?
     
  4. gjrc

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    stops you swallowing stuff you dont want to
     
  5. Ice On Fire

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    Ah, makes perfect sence now. But the reason I asked was because all I wanted to do was get a fishbone out of my mouth, I would've been able to do it, but this "Gag reflex" Stopped me! :(
     
  6. Le_Petit_Lapin

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    Ask pornstars for advice.
     
  7. Borris

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    What is this? Fishbone Friday?
     
  8. Ice On Fire

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    Only you would know that! ;)

    Borris: No bru. My fishbone story happened a week ago. Just thought of this now because I read the other fishbone thread by, Dutch Guy. :)
     
  9. Borris

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    And it's still there?

    You should have said something sooner.
     
  10. Ice On Fire

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    No, didn't feel the urge to post on here telling peope about it. But no, it went by it self! :D
     
  11. Borris

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    Jamaica?

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  12. trojan698

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    To help removing excessive and potentially dangerous amounts of alcohol from your system?
     
  13. Ice On Fire

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    I'm lost here... :confused:
     
  14. Gilly

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    No. She wanted to go.

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  15. Borris

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    Just to make sure - Alasksa.


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  16. j00ni

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    You can get quite close to the back of the mouth (pharynx) by sliding your fingers along the top surface of the tongue whilst exhaling slowly. As long as you avoid touching the roof of your mouth (soft palate that gilly mentioned) and don't try to breathe in or swallw at the same time, you should get quite far ;)
     
  17. trojan698

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    This begs one question..

    Why?
     
  18. Zip

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    He speaks the truth :p
    Ive had a gummy bear get stuck in my through so i pushed it down with my fingures :D
     
  19. Hedge

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    women shouldnt have a gag reflex :(
     
  20. j00ni

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    Because otherwise you would gag every time you tried to swallow anything :p

    The reflex is elicited when there is pressure on the soft palate and posterior third of the tongue (ie if there is something large at the back of the throat that would be too large to swallow)

    ;)