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Is ice chewing a symptom of anemia?

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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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Is ice chewing a indication of anemia? Is ice chewing a side effect of anemia?

Is ice chewing a indication of anemia? Is ice chewing a side effect of anemia?

Hello. : Hello. Pica is when people chew or eat things which aren’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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Is constantly craving and chewing ice a sign of anemia?

Possibly: Doctors use the term "pica" to describe craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value — such as ice, clay, soil or paper. Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia, although the reason is unclear. At least one study indicates that ice chewing might increase alertness in people with iron deficiency anemia. Less commonly, other nutritional problems may cause you to crave and chew ice. And in some individuals, pica is a sign of emotional problems, such as stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder or a developmental disorder. A thorough medical evaluation can help determine if pica is due to an underlying medical condition. If the cause of pica is an emotional or developmental issue, cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful. ...Read more

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Is eating ice a sign of liver problems?

Is eating ice a sign of liver problems?

Eating ice: No eating ice means you have a condition known as pica. Pics can be caused by anemic conditions so see your doctor for blood work ...Read more

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Is tinnitus a symptom of anemia?

No: The two may occur simultaneously, but neither anemia causes tinnitus nor does tinnitus cause anemia. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is a sensitive, sometimes tingling tongue a symptom of cancer of the mouth?

Is a sensitive, sometimes tingling tongue a symptom of cancer of the mouth?

Not normally BUT: Never rule out cancer until you have seen a qualified health care professional to have a differential diagnosis made. Go with a written duration, time of day, diet, medication, family history, tobacco history. ...Read more

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Is a signifigant decrease in IQ over a short period of time a sign or symptom of something?

Is a signifigant decrease in IQ over a short period of time a sign or symptom of something?

IQ: While iq tests in children and adults are not routinely administered, if there is a significant discrepancy between administrations (that is not due to using a different test), it should be investigated vigorously. It could mean many things. ...Read more

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Is fatigue a real symptom of anemia?

Is fatigue a real symptom of anemia?

Yes: An anemic patient has a decrease in red blood cells. The normal function of red blood cells is to deliver oxygen to the rest of your body. This decrease in oxygen delivery usually causes a patient with anemia to feel tired. ...Read more

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Help please! is cold sensitivity a major symptom of hypothyroidism?

Help please! is cold sensitivity a major symptom of hypothyroidism?

Can be: Hi. Yes, cold sensitivity can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, although most people with cold sensitivity are NOT hypothyroid. Wonder about thyroid function? Have your TSH & free T4 tested! Good luck. ...Read more

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Can craving candy be a symptom of diabetes?

Can craving candy be a symptom of diabetes?

Not usually: But eating a lot of candy can lead to weight gain, Insulin resistance, and diabetes. Cravings are funny things. If you can distract yourself for just 3-5 minutes, they'll usually go away. If you can avoid eating candy for a few days, you'll have a lot fewer cravings. Now if you're craving candy at the same time you feel shaky, weak, sweaty w/ racing heart & headache, that could be low sugar. ...Read more

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Is loss of balance a sign or symptom of a disease or a virus?

Is loss of balance a sign or symptom of a disease or a virus?

Can be either.: Loss of balance can occur due to inner ear problems or due to specific lesions in the brain (the cerebellum). These problems can arise from viral infections or malignancies or infarcts. The best thing to do is to not attempt to self diagnose but to see your primary physician or a neurologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is a dry throat, symptom of a sprained neck?

Is a dry throat, symptom of a sprained neck?

No: A strain is an injury to muscle or tendons. The throat is an internal structure. Two very different things. ...Read more