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Chewing Ice Anemia
What you are.....: Describing is pagophagia, the consumption of ice in the setting of anemia, usually due to an 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Chewing ice chips can be a sign of being anemic (known as pica). It does not cause anemia. People with severe pica can be drawn to ingesting nonfood items such as clay, chalk, dirt, or sand. There are many people who chew ice and are not anemic. If you start chewing on chalk, however, go get a complete blood count. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello. : Hello. Pica is when people chew or eat things which arenâ€™t 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
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