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Doctor insights on: Addicted To Chewing Ice

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Why do I need to chew ice alot?

Why do I need to chew ice alot?

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

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How come I have a compulsion to chew ice alot?

How come I have a compulsion to chew ice alot?

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

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Is it possible for chewing on ice to cause trismus?

Is it possible for chewing on ice to cause trismus?

Not generally: Trismus is limited opening of the lower jaw, usually caused by muscle spasm, a jaw joint disorder or an infection of the jaw. Chewing ice is not good for your teeth or your jaw, but i don't think it would commonly cause true trismus. ...Read more

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How do I figure out why I am addicted to chewing paper?

How do I figure out why I am addicted to chewing paper?

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

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Why am i addicted to chewing paper? What is wrong with me?

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

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Started chew at a young age, i just turned 16 and already highly addicted, the gum doesn't help?

Started chew at a young age, i just turned 16 and already highly addicted, the gum doesn't help?

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

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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

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

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I have an obsession with chewing ice?

I have an obsession with chewing ice?

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

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Is ice chewing a symptom of anemia?

PICA: 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

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