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Sand Fleas: There are a number of species of sand fleas. They have a tough outer shell (exoskeleton) with a barrel shape. The female can be a third of an inch to almost one and a half inches long. Males are much smaller ; cling to a female's legs. They are often seen on beaches during a high tide ; can be observed hopping about ; making a high pitched sound. At daytime they are usually buried in the sand. ...Read more
Pica?: Pica is disorder characterized by an appetite for substances largely non-nutritive, such as clay, chalk, dirt, paint chips, or sand. It can be from an iron deficiency, or chemical imbalance. Too much ingestion can lead to intoxication in children which can result in an impairment in both physical and mental development. Eating paint chips containing lead can cause brain problems. ...Read more
I don't know: I wouldn't eat it. Might check with your local health department to see if sand is toxic. Also might want to see a doctor and discuss your habit. In some cases, it is possible you may have nutritional deficiency that may be creating this unusual food interest. ...Read more
My 10.5 months whenver tries to stand. He stands on his tiptoes. Should I b very worrid? He is v healthy n active child.
No: Tip-toeing and toe-walking is considered normal in young toddlers which seldom continues after 18 months. If this pattern of walking persists beyond 2 years of age, neurologic evaluation would be warranted. ...Read more
I like the taste of metals a lot. This has been through out my life. I also like the taste of sand and phone chargers/electricity. Could this be pico?
PICA: Is probably the word yo mean. It is possible but MAY be due to low levels of certain minerals in the body. Please start w/a visit to your doc and follow up w/lab testing, e.g., Micronutrient Test from Spectracell lab. Guidance from a nutritionally oriented doc or a nutritionist is needed. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I realised that there was a bit of sand in my cooked vegetables for dinner just now. Just wondering if accidentally eating sand in food was dangerous?
Should be ok: You most likely will pass the sand through your digestive tract. ...Read more
Yes: Not sure what a "sand" tick is, but if it is in the tick family, then yes it can be harmful! Ticks are well known to transmit disease, but fortunately most do not. If you have a tick bite and develop fever or if the skin at the site of the bite looks red, it would be a good idea to see your physician to be safe. As with any bite, clean the area well with soap and water. ...Read more
Up to you: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more
Sand flea bites: Good answer by dr. Eitner. Here is a great photo of sand flea bites: http://www. Bing. Com/images/search? Q=sand+flea+bites+on+humans&qpvt=sand+flea+bites+on+humans&form=igre#view=detail&id=816775b7cc05fc43a65e94533599db2165e34731&selectedindex=1. ...Read more
Yes.: Sand fleas, as well as other biting insects, can trigger a delayed reaction at the bite site by a similar mechanism that causes the well known hypersensitivity reaction of poison ivy or poison oak rash, often as late as 2-3 days later. And similarly, an anti-inflammatory cream such as Hydrocortisone may blunt the reaction thus making it more tolerable and less itchy. ...Read more
Multiple remedies: Sand fly bites can be extremely itchy. There are many remedies that can be tried including a paste of baking soda and water spread over the bite area, tea tree oil placed on the bites and aloe vera. Over the counter medications such as topical Hydrocortisone cream and oral antihistamines can also be tried. To prevent bites, use natural tea tree or coconut oil or repellents containing deet. ...Read more
Sand walking: Walking on sand verses pavement can be better (as in safer) for your joints as sand can provide your joints with more cushion if you walk with the same impact you use on pavement. Both surfaces have their pros and cons. Walking on sand can also test your balance and lower-leg stability. Stay focused, though, because if you are not careful you could roll an ankle or tweak a knee. ...Read more
Yes: The important thing is that you're exercising. Sneakers may help some folks' feet withstand impact better; if you find this not to be necessary, wear whatever seems right. One can't think that the roman legions were much the worse for sandals rather than gym shoes. ...Read more
Probably not....: Where from is the most relevant information. Why is kind of important as well. ...Read more
Delayed reaction: Some people have delayed hypersensitivity reactions to the bite. Most of us are familiar with an immediate reaction - for instance a mosquito bites you and you immediately get a red, itchy bump. A similar reaction can be through a different pathway in your body, that can take days to activate and develop a reaction - it's called delayed hypersensitivity reaction, and likely what you are noting. ...Read more
Incontinent: Let's do 2nd opinion and figure out. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Sand fleas are often seen in groups on or near beaches ; during a high tide ; can be observed hopping about ; making a high pitched sound. At daytime they are usually buried in the sand. Normally, you get bit at those locations as opposed to having an infested home. ...Read more
Describe sandwich!: Come on! Depends what is in the sandwich! Personally why not go for a salad with a balsamic dressing? The real key is to eat enough to not be hungry. Salads and fresh veg you can eat unlimited amounts. Get full. Soup is also a great choice. I do not like the sandwich option because you should probably cut back on the bread! ...Read more
Does NOT affect your growth. Are you a male?? female?? What are the Heights of your parents??? These are questions which you could answer in a repeat question!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more
Yeah: You're better off removing all sand before it erodes the vaginal walls... Think of it as sandpaper, ouch. Definitely rinse the sand out before using tampons or having intercourse. ...Read more