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Pica Iron Deficiency
No specific level: Not everyone with low serum (blood) iron level shows pica. Some may start showing pica with just a marginally low level, others won't until it is extremely low. Not everyone with pica has an iron deficiency.Pica can occur because of 'cravings', hunger, anemia, and other reasons. The june 2012 issue of scientific american has a brief article about this very topic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No definite answer: Iron deficiency does not always lead to pica and there are other nutritional deficits that can be associated with pica. It can also be a learned behavior, related to a biochemical disorder, sensory seeking or related to stress. It can lead to serious health risks so no matter the cause it needs to be addressed. Start with your primary to develop a plan of action. ...Read more
Iron deficiency anem: Anemia makes you tired and pale. Some get lightheaded, or have chest pain or shortness of breath. Iron deficiency can cause "pica" (craving something above and beyond needing it for food). The most common symptom is munching ice. Other people crave starch, chalk, dirt, or other unusual substances. It's important that iron-deficient people see an md so dangerous things like GI cancer are ruled out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I eat ice a lot. Could that be a sign of iron deficiency? I don't crave ice but I could eat ice all the time.
Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency causes anemia, fatigue, weak or malformed nails, and pica. Pica is when you crave strange non-food items. Typically, affected individuals munch ice but i've had patients eat wallboard, chalk, dirt, starch, and mattress stuffing. You need to see a doctor and get a cbc, iron, tibc, and ferritin. You may also need tests to rule out serious conditions such as ulcers and cancer. ...Read more
I love to chew on ice, in fact I eat it like it's going out of business (lol) does this mean I have an iron deficiency?
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