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Dogs Chewing Ice Cubes
Yes: It's ok to keep your mouth moist with ice cubes. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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 loose 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 cant stop chewing on ice, what's wrong with me? I go crazy with out ice.
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 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
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 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
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 then improving, a medical evaluation might be needed. I would give it a couple more days. Good luck ...Read more
Gum screwed up my filling had a filling replaced. Fine for 1 week. Then i chewed gum (dentyne ice, briefly). Now my filling's messed up. At first it hurt to chew & also was sensitive to hot and cold. Now, temp. Sensitivity is gone, but it's still unc
Hard to diagnose your problem sight unseen, but here are a few ideas. Because the tooth was sensitive to hot and cold, the filling could have been deep. In addition, sensitivity after a filling can also occur if the bite is a little off, so trying to adjust the bite is a good start to see if your symptoms would pass.
What concerns me is that you are no longer sensitive to hot and cold, which may be an indication that the nerve in the tooth has died. This could happen if the filling was deep, which would explain your initial sensitivity to hot & cold. If the nerve died, then the tooth could hurt if you bite on it, not from the nerve it the tooth, but from the bone surrounding the tooth which has become inflammed secondary to the dead nerve.
Have your dentist check to see if the tooth nerve is still vital by performing a pulp test. If the nerve has died, then you will need root canal therapy to resolve your problem, and possibly a crown after that. If the nerve is still alive, then the discomfort could be from your biting pressure being transferred deep into the tooth, which is normal for a deep filling. This usually passes, but can take a couple of weeks.
Check to see if the nerve in the tooth is vital. You will then have a clearer path as to your proper course of treatment. ...Read more
Saliva : You could be dehydrated or be having post nasal drip with sinus infection. Your saliva glands could be infected. You could also have a vitamin deficiency, endocrine problem or neurological (brain) issue. People with epilepsy or migraines report salty taste often. Increase your water intake for two days-if still present see your doctor. ...Read more
Im currently 25 weeks pregnant and all I crave is to chew ice I heard that means im lacking iron is this true?
I love to chew on ice, in fact I eat it like it's going out of business (lol) does this mean I have an iron deficiency?
Graduated with a bachelors in it(may 2012).Job is quite stressful, I am in the overweight category(5'3", 165 pounds)and have some unhealthy habits-no breakfast, little exercise, ice chewing-advice, help?
Basics: It is very important to find your balance. We all need to sleep eat work and have fun. Look at your schedule allow time for each one. As to exercise a good walk daily can fill the bill and is a great opportunity to relieve stress and think about your life and establish goals. Good luck we all go though these changes with our professional lives. But if you have the expectation of being a martyr. ...Read more
Recently started new meds that cause dry mouth. Seriously craving chewing ice. Could it be related or could I have a deficiency of some sort?
Dry mouth: Since you have a dry mouth, that could trigger your want to chew ice. ...Read more
Pagophagia: The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed. ...Read more
TMJ: Do not chew for a few days and drink only liquids like ensure or carnation instant breakfast drink until the pain gets better. Do not chew gum. Take Motrin 600 or 800 mg to reduce the inflammation. Good luck. You have to rest the jaw just like you rest a knee or ankle when it gets inflamed. ...Read more
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