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A 56-year-old female asked:

I eat a lot of ice . i let it sit for while until its soft people ask me daily if i am anemic is this craving a symptom of anemia?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Iron deficiency: Pagophagia, or craving ice, is caused by iron deficiency. Low iron makes you tired, pale, lightheaded, and short of breath, and gives you foggy thinking, poor hair and nail growth, itching, and restless legs. Although most commonly caused by menstrual bleeding, it is important that a woman your age undergo a full gastroenterology evaluation to look for bleeding caused by ulcers, polyps, or cancer.
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Possibly.....: Craving ice, also known as pagophagia, is often associated with fedeficiency anemia or other nutritional deficiency state. It can also be a manifestation of a behavioral issue. A visit to your doctor can help sort through the details, arrive at a explanation and institute corrective measures as required. Feel free to chime in with additional details.
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
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"Chime in" simply means to respond with additional information so we can give you advice most relevant to your circumstances. Cheers.
Jul 28, 2013

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