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I've just had this insane craving for ice, which i know is pica, right?

I've just had this insane craving for ice, which i know is pica, right?

Maybe: Iron deficiency is associated with craving ice. You should see a doctor to perform lab tests to rule this out. ...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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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?

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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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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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 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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What are the causes of pica?

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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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