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Is it unusual to eat paper?

Is it unusual to eat paper?

Unless it is edible: Rice paper, then it certainly is not normal. Pica is eating materials that have no nutritional value. See your physician to determine if a nutritional deficiency is contributing to eating paper. If it isn't then please see a psychologist for therapy. This is a dangerous behavior because it could cause a bezoar & because of chemicals used to process many paper products. ...Read more

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I eat paper. How life threatening is this?

I eat paper. How life threatening is this?

Not life threatening: BUT a lot of chemicals in most paper that should not be ingested regularly or in large quantities. Bleaching agents, sizing agents, chalk, and finishing agents, to name a few. Specialty papers ( toilet or facial tissue included) can contain perfumes, softening agents, dyes and other pigments. While there is some caloric value to cellulose, it is best to stick with food. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to eat paper if you don't swallow?

Is it unhealthy to eat paper if you don't swallow?

Could be dangerous: Most paper contains traces of dioxin, a byproduct of bleaching with chlorine. Dioxin is a carcinogen and an extremely toxic chemical. It is not considered hazardous to touch these products, but it is possible that if you "eat paper" even without swallowing that some of the dioxins will be absorbed into your body. I would not take this chance. Unbleached paper is relatively safe. See comment:. ...Read more

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What could cause a child to eat... What could cause a child to want to eat paper & also pick on a blanket and eat the blanket?

What could cause a child to eat... What could cause a child to want to eat paper & also pick on a blanket and eat the blanket?

Pica: Your child has a condition known as pica. With pica a child has a desire to eat anything from dirt to lead paint chips. We don't know the cause but we believe these children are usually anemic. Therefore you might as your doctor to check your child's hemoglobin. ...Read more

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I need to stop eating paper please help I have fybermyalgia n I take cymbalta (duloxetine) and now I eat paper?

I need to stop eating paper please help I have fybermyalgia n I take cymbalta (duloxetine) and now I eat paper?

Pica: Pica is a condition where people eat things with no nutritional value. The most well known cause of pica is iron deficiency, so having your hemoglobin checked would be wise. Otherwise, it can be considered an eating disorder, which requires psychological assessment. ...Read more

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I eat paper. I'm 20 and 7 months pregnant so i'm worrying about my son and the affect it'll have on him. I've always been severely anaemic & eaten it.

I eat paper. I'm 20 and 7 months pregnant so i'm worrying about my son and the affect it'll have on him. I've always been severely anaemic & eaten it.

I am not sure: That the paper is as bad as the underlying nutritional deficiencies the paper is trying to replace. This is likely pica, as u have been told. People used to go for dirt, now it's more baking soda, corn starch or ice mostly. The only thing to do is use iron, see if this relieves it. Do you have an appetite otherwise? Do you sleep well? These are important. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have an eating disorder, pica, and crave/eat paper and cannot stop! what can I do i've tried everything?

I have an eating disorder, pica, and crave/eat paper and cannot stop! what can I do i've tried everything?

Seek consultation: As previously noted this can reflect developmental issues, but also sometimes medical issues. Its more commonly seen in children. A thorough medical and probably a pediatric neurological consult would be well advised with further follow up with psychiatry and maybe a clinical psychologist specializing in pediatric or health psychology for behavioral interventions. ...Read more

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What happens if you eat toilet paper?

What happens if you eat toilet paper?

It can lead : To a bezoar which obstructs your GI tract. It is not a safe practice. ...Read more

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I have started craving to eat dirt and paper. Am I going crazy?

Iron deficiency: This conditon, termed pica, is common in those with an iron deficiency and sometimes vitamins as well. Discuss this with your family doctor and you may need help from a nutritionist. ...Read more

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What happens if i eat a little bit of paper suddenly?

What happens if i eat a little bit of paper suddenly?

Safe.: Paper is generally nothing more than Cellulose and some stabilizing agents. Unless you are eating a lot routinely, or eating some specialty paper, I do not see any significant health hazard. The speed with you you eat it may be correlated with your risk of a paper cut. That would hurt. ...Read more

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