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Addicted To Chewing Ice
Habit: We need to eat, and drink water, and breathe. Feeling one must chew ice or some other nonessential behavior means it may have risen to a habit or even a compulsion. Compulsions usually interfer with activities and tend to produce a lot of anxiety if they are nto performed. Clincial psychologists can help with habits and compulsions with cognitive behavioral techniques. ...Read more
Medical Checkup 1st: Cravings for ice and chewing ice can be a sign of iron deficiency (anemia). Less commonly, they can indicate other nutritional problems. If your primary care doctor rules out or has ruled out these nutritional possibilities, then you might want to consult with a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist to rule out any emotional/psychological conditions. ...Read more
Yes: It's ok to keep your mouth moist with ice cubes. ...Read more
Hormones+stimulant: It will be a challenge, but one you can overcome. You will need to focus on the reasons for stopping chew (like not getting face/head/tongue/neck cancers at young age), use nicotine gum sparingly, and use regular gum or occasional lolipop instead for the oral sensation which is likely part of what you miss / crave. It will get easier with time, just keep at it! ...Read more
What would make me want to chew ice all the time I keep a cup of my favorite ice with me all day and don't seem intrested in anything to drink if I can't get soft chewy ice
Craving : Craving ice is called 'pica'. It has been described in some individuals that have iron deficiency anemia. Please consider having your iron and hematocrit checked. However, it is possible that chewing ice has just become a habit for you. Chewing firm ice can cause tooth damage as well. ...Read more
Pica: Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia. You first need to visit your pcp for a general medical check up and labs to rule that out. Iron def. Anemia means u r losing blood. It is quite frequent in young females when their menstrual periods r heavy. Best wishes. ...Read more
In medicine, we call "pica" to the strong desire to eat or drink very unusual substances or foods. Children and adults with pica may eat:
animal feces, clay, dirt, hairballs, ice, paint, sand. This pattern of eating should last 1 mo. In pregnancy, in childhood, and in malnourished populations is more common. It is true that iron or zinc deficiency could be present but could also be psycological. ...Read more
Possible Iron low: Pica; and in this case pagophagia, (the compulsive need for consumption of ice or iced drinks) can be a sign of iron deficiency anemia. Researchers are not certain of the relationship exactly though theories abound. If iron deficiency is the cause, correction helps. But get checked first; extra iron without need is not necessarily wise nor safe. ...Read more
Professional help: From a mental health worker — psychiatric social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist — would be where I would start. There are many forms of "pica" — eating unusual substances, ranging from dirt and clay, to ice to paper. Sometimes it relates to an underlying physical disorder like iron deficiency, other times it is a psychological problem. If it is bothering you (or others), I would get help. ...Read more
Get counseling: It is not really"addiction" in the usual sense, but usually some form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, where people have to do certain things or they will feel tremendous anxiety. "Pica" — eating non-food substances like clay, or ice (or paper) may be a form of this. See a mental health counselor or psychiatrist for evaluation, and they can suggest ways to help you find your way out of this. ...Read more
I drink about 4 160z cups a water a day and after I'm done drinking, chew on a lot of ice. Is it okay for my health?
The water consumption is great, chewing ice not so good for your teeth. Sudden hitting teeth together hard crunching can fracture parts of the tooth off or propagate fractures into the nerve of the tooth.
This generation will lose teeth to fracture as much as decay or periodontal disease ...Read more
7 mnths pregnant I began chewing on ice, my babys about to be 2 mnths old&i can't stop chewing on ice, what's wrong with me? I go crazy without ice.
What you are.....: Describing is pagophagia, the consumption of ice in the setting of anemia, usually due to a fe deficiency state. The ice consumption is not causative, but rather emblematic. You should see your dr and be evaluated for fe deficiency. You may find that your dr checks your hematocrit and red cell indices, and if microcytic hypochromic anemia is detected, starts you on fe rx (cheaper than fe testing). ...Read more
No and yes.:
The only addiction that you could get from chewing gum would be a psychological one. The satisfaction you get from chewing gum serves some kind of need inside of you. However, it is not chemical.
If you chew nicorette (nicotine gum) or another nicotine substitute, you could certainly get a chemical addiction. ...Read more
Depends: Sugar-containing gum is bad for your teeth and too many calories. Sugar-free gums can have a number of artificial sweeteners, some of which can cause problems if you take in too much, such as diarrhea. Some people get tempero-mandibular joint problems (TMJ) with too much gum chewing as well. If it is not hurting your jaw, if it is sugarless but not causing any GI side effects, its probably ok. ...Read more
I always have the strong urge to chew things like ice, straws, & my cheeks & nails, & it's not just a nervous habit. Could there be a medical reason?
Habit: This is just habit and you need to refrain from betting your cheeks or your nails ...Read more
I have never smoked before. Ever. But I have nicorette (nicotine gum) gum. What would it be like to chew it? Will I get addicted?
Nicotine: Nicotine is found in nicorette (nicotine gum) gum. Nicotine is a drug and is addicting. Learn more here...http://whyquit.com/whyquit/linksaaddiction.html. ...Read more
This may be a strange question. But I am addicted to chewing on plastic water bottle caps. Is there health issues I should be worried about? Or not?
It has been suggested that contributing factors such as the loss of posterior dental support and presence of parafunctional habits (e.g., clenching, chewing gum, chewing on pencils/pens, nails biting or chewing on "plastic water bottle caps") may play a role in temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Rec: to replace this habit. ...Read more
Chewing ice: Chewing ice can cause cracks or breakage of your teeth. This is not a safe thing to do for your teeth. ...Read more
Hello. : Hello. Pica is when people chew or eat things which arenât food. For instance, children who chew on or swallow stones. Pagophagia is one type of pica. The person develops cravings to chew on ice. It can occur in people who are very stressed. It has been shown to occur in iron deficiency anemia and it has been suggested that it can also occur with zinc deficiency. ...Read more
Slightly hit above right temple 5 days ago, now there is a minor bump and pain when yawning or chewing. Should I ice it or seek medical attention?
Ice and analgesics: You could have bruised bone of even muscles that are associated with yawning and chewing and ice and analgesics should help. However, if there was a loss of consciousness or the symptoms are worsening rather than improving, a medical evaluation might be needed. I would give it a couple more days. Good luck ...Read more