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Hi there, am i right when i say you can become ill or have a slight fevor or high temperature when eating chalk? Thanks.

Hi there, am i right when i say you can become ill or have a slight fevor or high temperature when eating chalk? Thanks.

UNANSWERABLE: I do not believe that the science of eating chalk is included in any medical school curriculum. I cannot imagine though what eating chalk has to do with any kind of fever. Fever seems the least likely consequence of eating chalk. ...Read more

Pica (Definition)

An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. Such as chalk, clay or dirt. Pica ...Read more


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Is eating chalk is harmful?? im worried for my future that eating chalk can affect on my pregnancy??

Is eating chalk is harmful??
im worried for my future that eating chalk can affect on my pregnancy??

YES: This is called PICA- a form of eating and behavioral disorder. Please seek medical and psychological consultation. ...Read more

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I have craving for eating chalk ?? Is it harmful for me ??? what are the reaons for eating chalk ?? and If possible can i get rid of it ?

I have craving for eating chalk ?? Is it harmful for me ??? what are the reaons for eating chalk ?? and If possible can i get rid of it ?

You need medical: eval to determine the reason for what is likely Pica. You may have vitamin/mineral/ nutrient deficiency or it could be a mental health issues. ...Read more

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I have a recent addiction to eating chalk. Why is this and what is the reason and how to treat it?

I have a recent addiction to eating chalk. Why is this and what is the reason and how to treat it?

Pica: Pica occurs when a person repetitively eats substances which usually provide no nutritional value. Recommend evaluation by your physician as rarely the pica is driven by a nutritional deficet. Once, this is evaluated, work with a therapist is usually beneficial. Take care. ...Read more

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I was wondering is eating chalk the same thing as eating tums (calcium carbonate)?

I was wondering is eating chalk the same thing as eating tums (calcium carbonate)?

Chalk vs Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums (Calcium Carbonate) can help reduce symptoms from indigestion, stomach upset & heart burn. Chalk is a form of Calcium Carbonate that is primarily use as paper filler. I don't recommend eating chalk. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop eating baby powder (serious question, possible pica)?

Pica: Read the accompanying article. See your family practitioner to have various nutritional deficiencies ruled out and then see a behavioral therapist for psychotherapy and a psychiatrist for a full diagnostic evaluation and treatment of any other psychiatric condition that may be present. Best wishes. En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/pica_(disorder). ...Read more

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Lately i've been eating my own hair. Is this a pica thing?

Lately i've been eating my own hair. Is this a pica thing?

Maybe: You must be careful about trichobezoars--it's not uncommon to need surgery for a trichobezoars.Hopefully you don't eat lead paint or other things. ...Read more

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Why do I always have problem with eating disorders (pica), and other oral fixations?

Why do I always have problem with eating disorders (pica), and other oral fixations?

Therapy: Pica can be seen in iron deficiency, anemia, but does not sound like this is the cause in your case. Cognitive behavioral therapy with or without the use of medications should be tried. Other therapies may be helpful if this may be part of a bigger disorder. If not officially diagnosed this needs to be done first. Start with your primary to get referral. ...Read more

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What types of eating disorder is pica?

What types of eating disorder is pica?

Eat non-food things: This is a specific disorder requiring the consumption of non-nutritive substances for at least a month, it is not developmentally expected or appropriate for that person, it is not socially sanctioned in their culture. It may occur in someone with another mental health disorder. It can be triggered by iron deficiency and by other causes. It should be evaluated and treated by a medical professional. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have the pica eating disorder?

What do U eat?: Pica is simply the craving for & consumption of non food items. In infants this may be dirt or paint chips etc.Older kids & adults may branch off into paper, small objects, bits of plastic etc. Junk food does not qualify. The downside of pica is the possibility this undigestible material will block the gut & require surgical removal of a jumbled mass. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have pica (an eating disorder)?

How do you know if you have pica (an eating disorder)?

Pica: Consuming substances of no nutritious value, such as soil (geophagia) or ice (pagophagia). ...Read more

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Started eating cornstarch baby powder nd today my heart hurt don't know why i think i hve pica

Started eating cornstarch baby powder nd today my heart hurt don't know why i think i hve pica

Pica ?: If you develop a pattern of eating cornstarch baby powder that would warrant medical evaluation. Sometimes people develop pica in response to nutritional deficiciencies. Pica sometimes requires psychotherapy. I wouldn't consider eating cornstarch baby powder once a pattern. I do recommend that you stop eating it . Take care. ...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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Can pica be a result of recovering from another eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia?

Can pica be a result of recovering from another eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia?

Possibly: Multiple eating disorders can be diagnosed in the same patient. Pica, however is more commonly seen alone & can indicate your diet is not providing nutrients needed for your body - maybe because of improper diet, maybe because of an undiagnosed disease, or any number of reasons. Blood work & "detective" work on your non-food cravings by your md can help figure the cause & find a solution. ...Read more

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I had severe bleeding during my period after which my old pica habit of eating dust and oil returned even hb is 12.1,what could cause it ?

I had severe bleeding during my period after which my old pica habit of eating dust and oil returned even hb is 12.1,what could cause it ?

Heavy bleeding.: The pica could return with the sudden heavy bleeding. If the periods continue to be heavy and this is a change from your regular pattern, you should follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a craving to eat hookah charcoals . Are there any long term side effects? I am not anemic, and take vitamins so I do not think it is pica.

I have a craving to eat hookah charcoals . Are there any long term side effects? I am not anemic, and take vitamins so I do not think it is pica.

Don't eat non-edible: I cannot imagine that eating charcoal is not somehow harmful. Generally an urge to consume non-edible substances is pica regardless of vitamins or anemia. You should consult with a psychiatrist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What is pica?

Non food ingestion: Eating items that are non-foods. Paint chips, fuzz balls, dirt, paper, things like that. It's normal in toddlers, abnormal any other time. ...Read more

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I think I have Pica ?

I think I have Pica
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ANEMIA EVAL: You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. Start a. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gutbliss.com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science.com Then review results if no firm diagnosis is made. You may need a heme consult ...Read more

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What are pica/pagophagia?

Pica: Pica is the ingestion of non-food materials, or substances with little or no nutritional value. Pagophagia is considered to be a type of pica - it is specifically the excessive or compulsive ingestion of ice. This is not simply enjoying ice in your beverages - it is a compulsive need or drive to chew on and ingest ice. Interestingly, it is sometimes an outward sign of anemia. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pica?

Pica: Some causes are; iron deficiency, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychoses, or cultural practice in some tribes. ...Read more

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How to treat for pica?

How to treat for pica?

See below: Treatment should address any missing nutrients or other medical problems, such as lead exposure. Rx involves behavioral, environmental, & family educational approaches. Other treatments include associating the pica behavior with bad consequences or punishment (mild aversion therapy) followed by positive reinforcement for eating the right foods.Medications may help reduce abnormal eating behaviors. ...Read more

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Does having pica harming my body?

Does having pica harming my body?

It can.: Pica is the injestion of non-food substances and can include nearly anything from paper to dirt to plastic, etc. Depending on what you injest and how much, it may pose risks for your health. In children, pica often arises in the contest of a nutritional deficiency, so get examined by a physician to see if you have an chemcial imbalance. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of consuming objects in pica patients?

Toxicity: You may harm yourself with nonfood items you are strongly motivated to ingest. Additionally, these nonfood items may be toxic to your body and do not help the underlying disorder. ...Read more

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How could diatomaceous earth human food grade affect pica? Will it increase the pica?

Diatomaceous earth: Some people tout food-grade diatomaceous earth as a digestive cleanser. It will not be harmful, but i'm not sure it's really needed. Pica involves compulsively eating non-nutritive substances like clay and dirt. The makers of food grade diatomaceous earth claim that use of their products may even help pica, rather than increasing it. I could find no studies addressing this -- sorry! ...Read more

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Tell me about pica.?

PICA: Pica means the abnormal craving of nonnutritional products like clay, charcoal, paint, dirt, ice, etc. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pica?

Anemia, other: People who compulsively eat substances that are not meant to be food may have iron deficiency anemia. Examples include ice and dirt. This can go along with a sense of tiredness, shortness of breath with exertion, and pale skin. ...Read more

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Will having pica affect my growth?

Not if this is you: At 39, you have done all the growing you are going to do. Pica is the injestion of non-food substances and can include nearly anything from paper to dirt to plastic, etc. Depending on what you injest and how much, it may pose risks for your health. In children, pica often arises in the contest of a nutritional deficiency, so get examined by a physician to see if you have an chemcial imbalance. ...Read more