Chewing Ice is a Symptom of Anemia


Chewing Ice PictureThe desire to chew ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia. Why does the habit of chewing ice or eating cold stuff is associated with anemia?

Doctors said that chewing ice is included in the term of Pica, which is a medical issue which reflect the will of a person to eat something that does not have nutritional value.

According to Mayo Clinic, having the desire and frequently eating ice is a symptom of iron deficiency anemia, although the background it is not yet certainly known.

Results from a study shows this condition occurs because the ice is a tool that can be used to relieve pain.

This is caused because some people who have iron deficiency anemia have pain and inflammation (glossitis) in the tongue or sore in the mouth.

The relationship between chewing ice and iron deficiency anemia is quite strong, so for someone who has this habit is recommended to see a doctor and do a blood tests.

Even if the blood tests conducted shows a normal levels of iron, this ice chewing habit should be stopped because it could lead to negative consequences in the form of dental injury.

Besides that, chewing too much ice may trigger an abscess and weakens the tooth structure that can lead to broken or cracked teeth.