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Is ice chewing a symptom of anemia?
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
A compulsion to chew ice is a manifestation of iron deficiency anema, but not anemias from other causes.
A sore tongue may also occur. Chewing on any peculiar substance, including clay in some, also can be from iron deficiency. The term for this behavior is "pica.".

In brief: Yes.
A compulsion to chew ice is a manifestation of iron deficiency anema, but not anemias from other causes.
A sore tongue may also occur. Chewing on any peculiar substance, including clay in some, also can be from iron deficiency. The term for this behavior is "pica.".
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