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Why Some People Are Addicted to Eating Ice

It might sound strange, but many people are actually addicted to eating ice cubes. They chew and eat ice cubes all day long because of this addiction. There are valid medical reasons for being addicted to eating ice.

It might sound strange, but many people are actually addicted to eating ice cubes. They chew and eat ice cubes all day long because of this addiction. And there are valid medical reasons for being addicted to eating ice.

I first heard of this on the news. They were showing people crunching and eating ice cubes as if it was Captain Crunch cereal. My teeth hurt just watching them. During interviews, these people who are addicted to eating ice cubes admitted to eating as much as 2 gallons and more ice per day. And they cannot stop this addiction to eating ice.

Constantly chewing and eating ice causes damage to your teeth, tongue, throat and stomach. The damage to teeth can be chipping of teeth or developing cracks in the teeth that might not be detected for years. Some people report that their voice has changed because of all the ice eating. With some people, this can also include the compulsion to constantly drink ice cold drinks. Many reported having extreme gas, stomach bloating and stomach pain because of their being addicted to eating ice.

Those who are addicted to eating ice even prefer certain types of ice and places that sell just the right ice. Many prefer the ice that the Sonic drive-ins sell or a certain grocery store gourmet soft ice. They have cravings for it all day long and will get into bad moods if they don’t have it. Those addicted to eating ice will warn others to stay away from their ice trays and going as far as having a bucket of ice even with every meal.

It is reported in women far more than men, but men are also addicted to eating ice. Many women say that their first craving for eating ice was when they were pregnant and that sometimes it went away until they became pregnant again. The more I read, the more children in their early teens I saw posting about their ice-eating addiction.

Pica is the medical term for being addicted to non-nutritive substances. This could be dirt, clay, coal, chalk, paint chips, erasers and even more dangerous items like string, needles and glass. Pagophagia is the actual term for being addicted to eating ice cubes.

There is an old saying, that if you crave a certain food, you are low in those nutrients. Some doctors are now theorizing this could be the case with Pica and Pagophagia. At least in the cases of some of the items like ice and dirt, since dirt does contain nutrients of some kind.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

The majority of the people having the addiction to eating ice, also say that their mouths and tongue burned and that eating ice made that feel better. Other symptoms of burning mouth syndrome might also include:

· Your mouth is dry most of the time.

· Normal things taste differently some of the time.

· You have a tingling in your mouth and on your tongue.

These symptoms are usually absent during the night and upon waking. The symptoms of burning mouth syndrome will increase as the day goes on, being worst in the evening before bed, causing some to have a hard time falling asleep.

Medical Reasons For Ice-Eating Addiction

The web sites where people discuss being addicted to eating ice reported going to a doctor and finding out they weren’t only anemic, but severely anemic. Studies have shown that people with iron deficiency anemia, 88% of them had an addiction to eating ice cubes [1]. Anemia is a medical condition in which the hemoglobin or red blood cell count is lower than normal. For men, anemia is usually defined as a hemoglobin count lower than 13.5 grams/100 ml (milliliters). For women, anemia is typically defined as a hemoglobin count lower than 12 grams/100 ml. After reading the Internet posts from others who have an ice-eating addiction, many went to their doctors to have their hemoglobin checked for anemia. They wrote that their blood tests came back with extreme anemia to the point where some even had to have a blood transfusion. Most of the people with an ice- eating addiction had hemoglobin numbers as low as 5 or 6, which is dangerously low. After being put on multi-vitamins and iron pills, many reported that the craving for eating ice went away, though the habit remained for some time, like many addictions.

Another theory is people who are addicted to eating ice are also low in minerals that are found in hard water. If the ice they are eating is made from hard water, they could be low in those minerals. The most common minerals in hard water are calcium and magnesium. Other nutrient deficiencies that can cause burning mouth syndrome are zinc, folate (B9), thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and Cobalamin (vitamin B-12). If you don’t already take a multivitamin, you should consider taking one or also taking a B complex supplement. If you don't know if you need a multivitamin, here is a list of the daily nutrient values you should be taking.

Symptoms of Anemia

There is a reason why so many people with anemia are addicted to eating ice cubes. Some of the symptoms of anemia include a burning mouth, burning tongue, sore tongue, swollen tongue and an overly dry mouth. Other symptoms are fatigue or easily fatigued, brittle nails and restless leg syndrome.

If you are addicted to eating ice, you should have your blood and hemoglobin tested immediately. There is always the chance you are just addicted to eating ice out of an addictive habit and there are  no underlying medical reasons. If you do eat ice because of the burning mouth syndrome and you do not have anemia, you should work with your doctor and or dentist to find the cause of this. Doctors report numerous reasons for burning mouth syndrome including prescription medicine, dental work, vitamin deficiency and cranial nerve damage.

© 2009 Sam Montana

Sources

[1] Pagophagia and iron deficiency anemia

Burning mouth syndrome

Consumer Reports Health

American Family Physician 2002;65:615-20,622

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Comments (113)

Now, if this isn't irony, I am not sure what is. Guess what I was eating while reading your article for publication? There is a dessert here that is shaved ice - somewhat like a snow cone but much better. I am addicted to it, just because it's the most amazing dessert ever. The ice is soft, almost like snow. And there is a dessert here that is snow ice - frozen milk and ice and it comes out (texture wise) just like fresh snow. I am not addicted for the ice necessarily, more so because it is one of the best desserts I've ever had! But I will stop now...no second round for me after reading this! :-)

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Erin, I don’t think you have anything to worry about. The people who are actually addicted to ice think about it all the time like it’s a drug. From their waking moment until sleep they think about it and crave it. For those who cannot chew and eat ice at work, they cannot wait to get home to eat ice. If they run out of ice, they will go to the store of a restaurant and get cups of ice. Some even will take a bucket of ice with them when they take a bath.

This had me competed off guard, this discribed me to a T......I also, life in Colorado, what town are you from? A fasinating article I must say. Thanks for sharing.

very interesting article

fantastic and well rounded in the presentation. The write keeps you very interested. I look forward to more from you. Top Shelf stuff.

helpful article. I don't crunch ice, but since I have to limit my fluid intake I do use chipped ice to keep my mouth from drying out. Rinsing my mouth out helps too.

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Very interesting article.Very informative. Sometimes you will find that some people who suffer from anorexia will constantly eat ice so they won't want food.

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Darlene, you should have your blood checked just to make sure your iron levels and other minerals are fine. I am sure a lot of people eat ice for reasons other than anemia, but it is a reason to have the blood checked. Darlene, I am up in the Denver area.

Sam, My Doctor did tell me I had anemia most of my life, this article was so fasinating to me because I never knew this as anything important. I am in Colorado Springs, OMG how cool. We must communicate. I just joined Factoidz a few weeks ago, can we add friends on this site? Thanks for a great article Sam.d

Thanks for the information

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Darlene, you can go to a writers profile and click on Follow Me, that is the way to add friends as far as I know. Has your doctor ever told you to take multi-vitamins or an iron supplement because of your anemia.

Yes, Sam my doctor always tells me that and sometime I forget and run out of iron pill, Thanks for the reminder my friend.

Mia Orlando

i have been chewing ice for almost a year, and am a constantly active person. The beginning of september last year, i began to play soccer again,, only to find that this time it came along with searing chest pains. i tried everything to get to go away. Doctors thought it was chosto-chondritis, sports athsma, and evena heart condition. but, there were no sighns of any. Ice chewing, was the answer. I am still an addict, and quiting,is not as easy as it seems.

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Hi Mia. That is interesting that your chest pains were from eating ice. Did your doctor test you for anemia, which seems to be the main reason people eat ice. When the anemia or other vitamin deficiencies were resolved, the ice eating addiction was still there. But people were finally able to get away from it. Addictions are hard to break.

Jaye Harris

Thanks for the information, I started craving ice about a month ago, and yesterday I was told that i was verry anemic, just decided to search and there you were .

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Hi Jaye. I'm glad you found out quickly what the problem was. Now you can heal from the anemia and not have to crave ice either.

When I was a pre-teen, I was always drinking iced tea, -mostly for the joy of crunching the ice cubes after. Moreso that just sucking upon the ice, I enjoyed the 'crunch' of the cold ice. I am glad that you got to the 'anemia' aspect; we considered that. what was going on was that back in the later 60s/early 70s, toothpastes often contain a 'sudsing agent' called "sodium lauryl sulfate" which was later discovered to (probably cause canker sores in the mouth. I constantly had canker sores on the gums, insides of cheeks,etc. If it was not one getting worse, it was one was getting better and another new one forming... Hell, -I had big nasty ones the size of a NICKLE sometimes. I remember coming home from school and mom was waiting for me with a bottle of medicine that she brought in from dad's horse barn ...a product called "BLUECOAT" which is toxic for mucosa... it is Mercurochrome(sp??) I think(??) (

I developed an addiction to chewing ice. I hate drinking water so I chewed and sucked ice cubes at work in a hot kitchen constantly. Finally I found myself at the point it was taking me three hours to do what I normally would do in an hour. The doctor told me I was severely anemic to the point I should have been passing out. I had a fibroid uterus that was affecting my breathing because it was pressing up under my lungs. Iron pills got my blood to a level that was good for surgery. I'm fine now, thank God.

MY dentist actually warned me about eating so much ice. I always believed there is a medical reason for our picas. Great insight!

JoJo

I am addicted to ice but not to an extreme level. The doctor told me I was short of iron and gave me some iron tablets and told me to eat meat. It's almost been a year now but I still crave Ice but I don't think I'm still short of iron although I don't eat meat. I prefer Chicken. Is it that I can't seem to stop the habbit?

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JoJo, you should have your blood and iron levels checked again to make sure. Addicted to chewing ice can also be that your body is lacking some other mineral in your water that the ice comes from. Taking a good multiple vitamin could be good for you to make sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. Being addicted to chewing on ice is like other addictions, once you have them, they are hard to break. Make a real effort to stop chewing ice. Just like you would other addictions. But I have read that once the anemia is cured, the ice addiction can remain unless you stop it.

Shun Robinson

i am addicted to ice....i cant stop eatin it...i go crazy witout it and my head start hurtin really bad if i dont have ice...i went to the doctor and they told im anemic....i was doing fine wen i start takin iron pills...but i stop and start back eatin ice again now i think my health is worst den it was before....i need help asap...!

Shun Robinson

i am addicted to ice....i cant stop eatin it...i go crazy witout it and my head start hurtin really bad if i dont have ice...i went to the doctor and they told im anemic....i was doing fine wen i start takin iron pills...but i stop and start back eatin ice again now i think my health is worst den it was before....i need help asap...!

Shannenne Clark

Im addicted to sucking of ice and sometimes chewing...

kinza saleem

hey i'm just 14 years old and i'm addicted to ice eating cant stop!!!!!! and it is also causing pimples on my face :( need help to stop....

Emalina

Kinza, I dont think that ice is making you have pimples your 14 and thats very common you should try Cetaphil to wash your face with. The reason you cant stop is because you have low iron in your blood. I hope this helps. =)

Monster Mom

wow... and I was just curious if anyone else had a habit of eating ice. I always develop the habit while I'm pregnant. usually around the last 2 months of the pregnancy, I carry around ice with me everywhere I go. but once the baby is born it goes away. I've been through it 3 times before, and this is my 4th child. I have been diagnosed in the past with mile anemia, but it was during my 2nd pregnancy, and my diet was awful. Once I started eating better the anemia went away, but the Ice habit stuck around until birth. I'm glad I'm not always like this... I'm sure the crunching gets annoying to the people around me.

Monster Mom

wow... and I was just curious if anyone else had a habit of eating ice. I always develop the habit while I'm pregnant. usually around the last 2 months of the pregnancy, I carry around ice with me everywhere I go. but once the baby is born it goes away. I've been through it 3 times before, and this is my 4th child. I have been diagnosed in the past with mile anemia, but it was during my 2nd pregnancy, and my diet was awful. Once I started eating better the anemia went away, but the Ice habit stuck around until birth. I'm glad I'm not always like this... I'm sure the crunching gets annoying to the people around me.

It's funny. I chose to eat lots of ice because I was intentionally trying to find something that was socially acceptable and cheap that could replace smoking. I started with some of the verbal substitutions with myself and said that eating ice was like having a cigarette. It's worked so far - I'm gradually training people to bring me QT ice. :)

When I was a kid, I used to chew ice cubes. Until my mom got frustrated with me. Then when I got pregnant with my third child, I didn't chew the ice, but I loved to drown the water I was drinking with ice cubes. I never went back to eating those ice cubes anymore though.

Anon.

I just read this article this evening and I'm truly shocked. For the past 2 years or so I eat ice, a lot. About 6 months ago I was told I'm low on iron and calcium (but no idea how low). I crave it, and when I reach home the first thing I do is full my glass up with ice. I cannot believe how serious this issue is and I'm truly shocked. I'm so worried, because at night I also suffer from 'restless leg syndrome' sometimes (not every night), and I'm only 19. Thank you so much for creating this article, I'm definitely going to visit the doctor tomorrow!

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Hi Anon. Hopefully it isn't too serious, but sometimes anemia can be serious. A good quality multi-vitamin with iron can be of help. If you eat good yogurt, like a Greek yogurt, you can get a good amount of calcium.

Donna

Wow. Very informative article. Thanks a lot! I have been an ice addict for the past 9 years. During that time, I developed an ovarian cyst that i was told was 'sucking the life (nutrients etc) out of me. My arms and fingers got really skinny and I couldn't lie on my stomach. When it was taken out in 2004, my cravings for ice stopped temporarily, then returned. I chew regular cubes from the large trays, snocone ice, shaped ice, you name it. My doctor then revealed I was anaemic (i would feel really cold all the time and had something of a fever) and gave me iron tablets. Those stopped the coldness and craving. 2 months later, i still wasn't anaemic but just Really addicted to ice. You might think that after 9 years, i'd have major problems with my teeth but they're fine. (even went to the dentist a couple times) so... moral of the story, I think it's just an addiction for some people, possibly minus the underlying medical reasons. I'm 28 now and ice calms me down, eases any depressive mood and is just a great way to help unwind. Glad to know i'm not alone :)

Solo Stamper

I'm glad I am not the only one with this ice eating problem. I started eating ice again when I started working at my new job in the kitchen with an ice machine. I fill up ice water n put them in the dinng room, then I had a small foam cup of ice to crunch on, next thing I know, Im taking home big gulp full of ice, so I have it at home on my days off. I need to stop, but it is a habit that is hard to stop. I like the crunchy feeling in my mouth.

Solo Stamper

I'm glad I am not the only one with this ice eating problem. I started eating ice again when I started working at my new job in the kitchen with an ice machine. I fill up ice water n put them in the dinng room, then I had a small foam cup of ice to crunch on, next thing I know, Im taking home big gulp full of ice, so I have it at home on my days off. I need to stop, but it is a habit that is hard to stop. I like the crunchy feeling in my mouth.

This is outstanding information.

Wow...very interesting. I learned something new today. Vote up!

Jan

I have enjoyed chewing ice since at least 5th grade and I'm 45 now.

I had low iron and heavy periods only the last few years.

I enjoy a drink of water or lemonade and enjoy the

Ice cubes after the liquids gone. I believe sonic and

Chicken express have the best ice and on occasion will

Stop and buy a bag to have it at home.

I do get excited about getting snow cones

And frequently get one with my kids in the summer!!

Mmm blue coconut is my favorite!

coco

I'm so glad I found this.. I just started craving ice about a month ago I have to have QT ice ( it's softer ) my friend said I was defecient in something she couldn't remember what now I'll know tomorrow to tell the Dr. thanks!

I like to have ice in my mouth too Sam, but I'm down here in Miami...LOL

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Beverly, it has been surprising, the number of comments here with people who did find out that they were anemic and that was the reasons they were chewing on ice.

val

i never thought there would be a website for ice addiction and anemia and fibroids, wow i thought eating ice was just a normal thing for me until reading all this info.... i have fibroids and of lates my breathing is short i get tired really quick and my whole body get really tired after walking 1 flight of stairs, please help. assp

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Val, I think you should go to the doctor as soon as you can and have your blood checked to find out if you are anemic. The symptoms you mention could be many things and I am not a doctor. But those symptoms could also be anemia. Being anemic is nothing to fool around with and it can easily be treated. The symptoms of anemia do include shortness of breath and fatigue. Here is an article about anemia http://factoidz.com/causes-and-symptoms-of-iron-deficiency-anemia-iron-rich-diet-for-anemia/

no name.

Hi , I'd rather not share my name but I am addicted to eating ice .. I eat it all the time and I can't stop . I am always thinking about ice and I crave it almost all times. I think that my addiction may be very serious because I will eat cup after cup of nothin but ice , when I'm at say McDonalds where you fill up your own cups I'll fill the cup all the way up with ice and only a little bit of pop. I can eat anywhere from 1 to 2 trays of ice in less than an hour. It gotten so bad that I am having constant jaw pain from all the ice I eat. Please help.

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Hi, you should go to a doctor and get your blood tested, you could be anemic. At the least take a good multi-vitamin with iron. Almost all ice eating addictions start with your body needing a lacking mineral, usually iron. Please talk to a doctor, your jaw pain tells me you have a serious ice eating problem.

christi

this is amazing, i had no idea i'm not alone. however alot of people reading this will feel better about themselves after reading this: I have lived in Colorado springs for 39 of my 43yrs. Was first diagnosed iron def. anemia age 18 but most severe symptoms started 10 yrs ago with diagnosis of microcytic anemia following a mismanaged miscarriage & hemmorhage. Our elevation here is probably contributing to our symptom severity. (O2 is carried thru our bodies by our RBC's. If anemic, low RBC count & damaged RBC's cant carry our thinned O2 thru our bodies) Anyways...here's my ridiculous confession: i am the ultimate ice fiend. Always have ice cup & i take it everywhere & have done so for 15+ years despite pleas from my family & 6 Dentists.The shell gas station @woodmen & I25 has the soft, crushed eyes & the cashiers never charge me for a refill because they know i never get soda. just ice. since turning 40 ive had 3 root canals & 3 extractions & now battle frequent oral infections from the retained roots of 2 teeth that have broken off @ the gumline. since the exposed areas of gums are so painful when ice chewing i have started: using a 50/50 diet/regular soda combo in my ice trays for softer cubes. also, i buy dental grade thermoplastic to mold a dental/gum guard that i wear to alleviate tender gums. I have to wash my hands daily with straight bleach because my fingers turn brown from the constant cup-dipping for my 50/50 ice cubes. okay, thats my confession, briefly, as freakish as it sounds.

christi

this is amazing, i had no idea i'm not alone. however alot of people reading this will feel better about themselves after reading this: I have lived in Colorado springs for 39 of my 43yrs. Was first diagnosed iron def. anemia age 18 but most severe symptoms started 10 yrs ago with diagnosis of microcytic anemia following a mismanaged miscarriage & hemmorhage. Our elevation here is probably contributing to our symptom severity. (O2 is carried thru our bodies by our RBC's. If anemic, low RBC count & damaged RBC's cant carry our thinned O2 thru our bodies) Anyways...here's my ridiculous confession: i am the ultimate ice fiend. Always have ice cup & i take it everywhere & have done so for 15+ years despite pleas from my family & 6 Dentists.The shell gas station @woodmen & I25 has the soft, crushed eyes & the cashiers never charge me for a refill because they know i never get soda. just ice. since turning 40 ive had 3 root canals & 3 extractions & now battle frequent oral infections from the retained roots of 2 teeth that have broken off @ the gumline. since the exposed areas of gums are so painful when ice chewing i have started: using a 50/50 diet/regular soda combo in my ice trays for softer cubes. also, i buy dental grade thermoplastic to mold a dental/gum guard that i wear to alleviate tender gums. I have to wash my hands daily with straight bleach because my fingers turn brown from the constant cup-dipping for my 50/50 ice cubes. okay, thats my confession, briefly, as freakish as it sounds.

SusanHH

This is a great site. So nice to know that I am not alone. I'm going to start taking iron supplements today and will go to the doctors if the ice craving doesn't stop. I also crave almonds. (the raw ones from the bulk food store are best) Had to stop, I was spending about $12 a week on them and they were doing nasty things to my digestion. The crunch is amazing though Still get them as an occasional treat... I found myself eating handfuls of the kid's frosted flakes this morning for the crunch. This is scary.

Kookicookie

So, I'd always thought that my mom had just been trying to scare me when she would say, 'stop crunching that ice its bad for your teeth!' but I guess she's right. Also, I'm like almost anemic so that kind of scared me too. I never thought about anybody else having these problems...I mean I don't crunch 2 gallons! It's more like a cup or what ever I can get my hands on. It will be very hard to stop...

great article Sam. I have seen many people eating ice and thought it was kind of strange. Now i might know the reason :)

AnOn

Im 17 and frOm sOuth Africa. I realy thOt it was Only me. I first startd eatng tha ice that 'grew' frOm tha frdge with a spoOn when i ws 10,i had seEn my mOm dOing it when i was yOung bt my mOm gOt t.b and stOpd and she made sure tha frdge nO lOnger made tha ice. It was sO sOft! I then turnd 2 ice cubes and eat 2trays a day,1 when i immediatly wake up and let it melt in the bath and anOther during tha day. I fOund Out im severly anaemic,my dOctOr wantd 2give me a bloOd transfutiOn but i had 2 irOn injectnz but im nOt On any supplemnts and dOnt eat alOt. I knOw i have 2stOp but its hard! Im cOnstantly cOld. I alsO eat tha casts wOrms make after its rained. They are the best. How dO i stOp bOth addictiOns?

donna bell

my dad will eat ice allday and it will drive me crazy.I told his dr. but didn't say much about it.

Rachelle del Rosario

Hi! I would just like to ask if eating ice cubes can give me diseases.. I'm a little afraid after I've read this article.. I usually go to the freezer and eat ice cubes every minute.. My mom says i should beware.. I might get sick.. I didn't believe her but I got curious so i searched the web for answers.. i would also like to ask how could i stop eating ice cubes, because frankly I'm really worried.. Should i worry anything because of my addiction o ice cubes? i always crave for more ice cubes.. actually, I chew more than 20 pieces of ice cubes a day.. but because of this article i only eat 8 ice cubes a day.. trying to control myself.. but i really can't.. i keep craving for more.. what should i do?

Rachelle del Rosario

Hi! I would just like to ask if eating ice cubes can give me diseases.. I'm a little afraid after I've read this article.. I usually go to the freezer and eat ice cubes every minute.. My mom says i should beware.. I might get sick.. I didn't believe her but I got curious so i searched the web for answers.. i would also like to ask how could i stop eating ice cubes, because frankly I'm really worried.. Should i worry anything because of my addiction o ice cubes? i always crave for more ice cubes.. actually, I chew more than 20 pieces of ice cubes a day.. but because of this article i only eat 8 ice cubes a day.. trying to control myself.. but i really can't.. i keep craving for more.. what should i do?

Jessica

Im 16 and every night before i go to bed i fill a tumbler of ice cubes and i mean i literally fill it to the top. then i fill the glass with cold water. i drink the majority of the water before i go to bed and usually eat every ice cube i put into the glass. at first i did it to keep my drink cool but now i find myslef restless and unable to sleep if i dont have one more ice cube, eventually i end up going back downstairs to get more!. i like the cold water as well though im deffinately not pregnant. i just cant help myself what should i do??

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Rachelle, I would say that eating ice cubes can not give you a disease, it can be bad for your teeth though. The majority of people who become addicted to eating ice cubes are anemic and should have their iron levels checked by a doctor. Anemia is nothing to fool around with and you should talk to a doctor about this. To break the ice cube eating addiction is like other addictions, try to slowly break yourself of the habit.

Olivia Carnegie

Speaking from experience i eat ice around the clock. It is true that the reasons you have listed can account for this addiction. I say so because i have Fetal heamoglobin trait and that explains it all.

There are more strange illnesses than we know about, that is for sure. I had never heard of this one though.

Rachelle del Rosario

I'm still worried about being anemic, though i already stopped eating ice because i stopped making ice cubes.. but i still crave for ice, still opening the freezer and expecting if there's any ice, but I'm happy i stopped eating ice.. but I'm still worried..

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Rachelle, like any habit, it can be hard to break the habit of wanting ice. If you are really worried you are anemic, a simple test by a doctor will let you know if you are anemic or not. You could start taking a good quality mulit-vitamin with iron, that could help also. Since being anemic is nothing to mess around with, a test by a doctor would make you feel better.

Latoya B.

I was addicted to ice for years until I found I came down with uti then I found out I had to get a blood transfusion. After that it went away.

Yikes, never heard of this... crunching ice isn't cool then? (pun intended) *Goes back to the jokes drawing board*

Heather

Hi,I'm 16 and I have a crazy addiction to eating ice I have to eat ice from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed and I have to eat atleast a full cup of ice before I go to sleep and sometimes I catch meself thinkin about ice and mouth will just start waterin..,and when I get in a bad mood or stressed out all I want is some ice and everyone tells me that ice is bad for my teeth and I kno this but I just don't kno how to break the addiction what do I do?????

Heather

Hi,I'm 16 and I have a crazy addiction to eating ice I have to eat ice from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed and I have to eat atleast a full cup of ice before I go to sleep and sometimes I catch meself thinkin about ice and mouth will just start waterin..,and when I get in a bad mood or stressed out all I want is some ice and everyone tells me that ice is bad for my teeth and I kno this but I just don't kno how to break the addiction what dBo I do?????

I'm not ADDICTED to eating ice, but if I have some, I'll start to chew on it.

Anonymous

Can you say bullshit?

Ice is waer, it will not cause things like gas and bloating to consume it. In fact, consuming plenty of water is supposed to reduce bloating, not cause it. So, it makes no sense to imply people get sick from consuming water, just because it starts off solid... Guess what! It melts in your mouth and asophagus! It is not a solid when it reaches your internal organs! Just water, everyday water.

Ice eating is probably natural for peoples from regions with ice, it's simply another way to tak in water, and might be necessary at times in some places to survive.

Ice eating is not bad for your teeth, it's good for them. First off, I ate lots of ice as a kid... Guess what. My teeth were perfect. I did not brush my teeth. I ate ice. It was one of the habits which preserved my mouth better than modern dental healthcare, and I'd wager it's one of the things we did before modern dental care was invented. (FYI, the stuff we did before actually was better for our teeth then the modern stuff, except in places like Egypt, which is due to the diets they had.) Also, it is important for your teeth to eat hard foods. If you don't it causes tooth rot. And, if you can't handle the eating of ice... You are in serious need of a visit to your dentist. If your teeth are so messed up that ice is like rocks to them, then your teeth are not in good health. In reality, your diet is not supposed to consist explicitly of soft, sugary, processed foods like ice cream. Ice is not the only normal thing for a person to eat that isn't soft. What about grains? Rough meats? Roughage/green vegetables? Sorry, but if you think ice is so bad, you have a very unhealthy diet that is rotting your teeth. Say hello to dentures.

Anonymous

Oh, and the way you describe munching on ice... As comparable to munching on a sugary, unhealthy cereal... Proves how unnatural and unhealthy your own diet is, how ignorant you personally are about health and diet... And, I'd wager you have an excess body fat problem. Hey, guess what. Snacking on ice between meals has zero calories, on top of being good for your teeth. Your implied snack preferences, on the other hand, could make you obese, as well as rotting your teeth. And, those cereals are almost as hard as ice to boot. So, hat's the difference? The difference is that ice is the healthy one, not junk food.

Anonymous

"This could be dirt, clay, coal, chalk, paint chips, erasers and even more dangerous items like string, needles and glass.

Dirt is not without nutrition. People who eat dirt do so for the nurtition in the dirt, because it lacks from the junk food they're calling food.

Ice and dirt eating do not fall into the same habit category as inedible things. Ice and dirt have been consumed throughout history. Dirt eating has a specific use for a nurtient (I think it was Iron). And, ice eating is good for your teeth and an alternative way of getting water. These are not comparable habit to eating deadly inedible things like glass. Try really learning about this subject before BSing your readers.

Anonymous

"Very interesting article.Very informative. Sometimes you will find that some people who suffer from anorexia will constantly eat ice so they won't want food."

Snacking on ice prevents you from not having an appetite. If you had ever done it you would know that and not put forth BS assumptions based off of ignorance.

Sorry, but that a Staff Wroter said tht BS... And, that Staff Writers are complimenting this poorly researched article... Pretty sure this has got to be one of the crummiest websites for facts around.

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Sam Montana is one of the most credible and conscientiously-researched writers that Factoidz has been fortunate to have from the very beginning; note the recognition of his excellence in his having been the first to be given the title of "Featured Writer."

So, ice is really just water and just melts, huh? Well, what else happens when ice melts; it gives off vapor--i.e., gas. Which causes bloating. And apparently for you this happens where you must have had a surgical fusion of your "ass" and your "esophagus," judging from your highly literate spelling. Furthermore, the esophagus and stomach are muscle--and what happens when you ice a muscle? Yep, sometimes it cramps right up.

Additionally, eating something icy-cold DOES curb the appetite, at least temporarily, because it contracts the stomach, making it actually smaller, and the intense cold gives the sensation of fullness.

Not bad for your teeth? Ask your dentist; he owes a lot of his income to people who crack their teeth chewing ice, as it's very similar to chewing on a mouthful of rocks.

If you prefer to get your nutrients from dirt, knock yourself out. You'll also pick up plenty of bacteria, animal excrement and insects dead or alive--but I suppose you could argue that that last could be an important source of protein. I think Bear Grylls may have an opening for you on "Man vs. Wild."

Had you taken the time to peruse the entire catalogue of Sam's articles, you would have encountered advice for growing your own vegetables; recipes for vegetarian soups, chilies and other dishes; and articles touting the benefits of a healthy diet in general. Had you done that, you would not be sitting here, published forever as an ignorant dillhole. I guess that's why you didn't have the guts to sign your own name.

hey Clarsie how are you doing, I lost your email address please email me, thanks

Miss Clairsie, thank you for your supportive letter to Mr. Montana. I am not a staff writer but have read Sam's articles over a long period of time. He is a well-researched, articulate, and accurate writer of factual Factoidz. I suggest to Anonymous that if you disagree ~ and just what are YOUR credentials? ~ that you either disagree with tact and good manners or keep your comments to yourself if you are unable to control yourself. As for all the redundant requests from readers of how to 'help' yourself, it is more than apparent that Sam has suggested that you see your doctor as soon as possible. Please read others' remarks so that you don't need to keep asking the same question. Thank you, Sam, for all the reading pleasure. For someone who has has almost a million and half views, I guess there's a bad pickle in the barrel once in a while. Keep up the excellent writing. Lee - A fan

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Anonymous, I can say bullsh*t and your four replies are the Webster definition of that word. I never compared eating ice to eating processed foods like cereal. And nowhere in my article did I talk about eating dirt. Your BS comments make no sense to the general public. Your teeth are perfect. I am happy for you, but you can take that up with the ADA. You wrote that you would wager me that I am fat or obese, come one. I will bet you Anonymous. I am 32 inch waist and a 48” inch chest and a body fat of 16%. You want to bet, let’s go. This information was not written for the occasional ice crunching. My research and info is for the ones who are, in their own words,(read comments) are ADDICTED to chewing ice and that can be a sign of a health issue. Your research from somewhere indicates that chewing ice is better for your teeth than toothpaste? That people were chewing ice instead of using toothpaste as a better alternative. Could you share your sources? I am always interested in learning accurate information. You wrote about eating dirt, yes, that is from macrobiotics and that is proof that a person is lacking certain nutrients.

Suzanne Hyland

I am totally addicted to ice and take a pint with me every where i go and when im at work or any where for a long period of time i also take a flask of ice that i can keep dipping into.When i go out i ask for a glass of ice with nothing in it. I even lay in bed during the night munching on ice much to the annoyance of my husband, I drive my family and friends crazy on the phone because of my crunching. I can empty my freezer dispenser of crushed ice on a daily basis. The benefit for me is my osophagitis is much improved i have always suffered from severe mouth ulcers which i very rarely get now, the negatives are that my nose blocks up and runs and my sinus's are affected and i did break a tooth and had to have a filling and occasionally i've had an ice burn on my tongue. my worry is that a medical friend of mine told me that they have been researching the link betweed ice eating and throat and osophagial cancer is there any evidence of this that you know of? I do not drink or smoke or have an addictive personality, just love my ice,I await your comment THANKYOU

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Suzanne, I have never read that eating ice can cause cancer. In almost every case, an addiction to eating ice is caused by being anemic. You should go to the doctor and find out if you are anemic and if you are the doctor will find out why you are anemic. As for ice helping with your esophagitis, you should also talk to a doctor about that. Esophagitis should be treated properly because if not, it in itself can lead to further problems. Here is a web site that talks about esophagitis. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/esophagitis/DS01154

Suzanne Hyland

Thankyou very much Sam for a speedy reply. I am taking Lansoprazole for my esophagitis which ive been taking for the last 8 years but sometimes when exercising and doing a lot of bending I still get the reflux and my mouth almost becomes a running tap of saliva. So Glad to hear ice munching is not related to cancer. I will go to my GP and see if she will test me for anemia. I will let you know. Thankyou God Bless You

Lu

Hi there I am really fascinated by this. I had a lung transplant three years ago and as a result I'm on a lot of toxic daily meds including anti rejection tablets. Ever since I have been addicted to ice but I just enjoy crunching small pieces. I couldn't figure out why then after some tests I was found to be severly anaemic at 2 and needed an urgent blood transfusion. I also have magnesium deficiency post transplant, so again I crave ice possibly as a result of these changes in my body. Its weird, I mean I will sometimes wake in the night and have to get some ice from the freezer..if desperate I will take ice formations from around the freezer. If I go away on holiday I worry incase there isn't sufficient ice. I need to locate the ice machine on the accommodation floor and get stacks. Or I take an ice cube tray along with my passport (lol!) to make sure I'm not without. This is really interesting. I thought I was the only one! Like another lady I don't smoke, drink or have any addictions. Well all I can say is that I am very thankful to you Sam for putting the pieces of the puzzle together! :-)

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Interesting article.Voted up

Nandi

Great article that i relate to. I started scrapping ice as a teen and progressively got addicted to ice cubes when i fell pregnant with my first child 25 years ago. Although it has been on and off over the years i have not stopped since my second pregnancy 8years ago. I think about ice all the time at work and at home. I get through several trays if ice several times day and night and ice is what i put in my mouth first thing in the morning. I don't feel like a freak anymore because i now know there is a medical explanation to my addiction. However i am not very happy that when i expressed my concerns that ice may cause harm to my teeth my dentist assured me that they wont if i do not eat or drink hot food after chewing ice. Thank you all for sharing.

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@Suzanne, I will be interested to know what your doctor did say about being anemic. Anemia does seem to be the main cause for an addiction to chewing ice, a deficiency to magnesium is also common. Reading all of the comments here, another common theme with this addiction is after pregnancy. Even after the conditions that started the ice chewing addiction are fixed, the addiction can still remain just like any other addiction which can be hard to break. @Bristow, thank you.

Nandi

Great article that i relate to. I started scrapping ice as a teen and progressively got addicted to ice cubes when i fell pregnant with my first child 25 years ago. Although it has been on and off over the years i have not stopped since my second pregnancy 8years ago. I think about ice all the time at work and at home. I get through several trays if ice several times day and night and ice is what i put in my mouth first thing in the morning. I don't feel like a freak anymore because i now know there is a medical explanation to my addiction. However i am not very happy that when i expressed my concerns that ice may cause harm to my teeth my dentist assured me that they wont if i do not eat or drink hot food after chewing ice. Thank you all for sharing.

Suzanne Hyland

Hi there, well i have got the results of blood tests back today and i am not anemic, but very deficient in vitamin D. Seems like ice munching is my 1 and only addiction which i love and will continue. Thankyou to everyone that replied to me, very much appreciated. Lu my neice had a heart and lung transplant at the age of 14, she finally has a good quality of life, i know the amount of drugs you must be on and know that Selenium is a great way to remove toxins from the body, i dont know if you agree with me Sam. God Bless you All x x x

Nina

I have been chewing ice obsessively for five years. My teeth have small cracks as well as a few tiny chips in some. Particularly the upper tooth in front. I can feel the chip but it's not noticeable. I have terrible dry mouth syndrome. If I don't constantly have something in my mouth that is wet and cold, my mouth is so dry that my voice is altered, my tongue sticks to my upper plate, and I am very uncomfortable. I can drink bottled water like it's no body's business when I am out and about where I cannot get my ice chips. We have a outside machine here that sells ice 25lbs of crushed. I get three bags at a time and keep it in my deep freezer. Let's just say that I never make it a whole week before I am buying more. It's cheaper than store bought ice and tastes so wonderful. I even get a thrill out of smelling the ice cold air coming from the AC vents. I am extremely cranky if I am out of ice and will go to great lengths to get my ice. My tongue BURNS daily and all day. My mouth is getting soars for no apparent reason. I cannot and mean CANNOT eat salt or anything with salt in it. And brushing my teeth is a chore anymore because every toothpaste I can find just burns my mouth to the point of my eyes tearing up. I cannot muster the thought of eating Mexican food anymore. No spices whatsoever. I bloat like an old pig, and very very Gassy some days which I attribute to chewing ice. There is so much going on that I am going crazy it seems. My morning consist of fixing hubby breakfast while I chew cup after cup of ice.

As I sit here now, it's 9:03am and I've just finished my third cup (LARGE) of ice and my tongue is on fire. It only feels better while I am eating ice. I told hubby last night that I have burned my tongue (Like freezer burned food) due to chewing ice. It may be more complicated than that. I don't know.

But I am going to get those vitamins today, and take all my ice OUT of my home freezer and put it in the deep freezer out back. Too far of a walk, and it will force me to drink just water. Then if that don't stop it, I am seeking medical attention. But I just HATE going to a doctor for help to fix my ignorant mistakes. So, I am going to try to fix it myself first.

Good Luck everyone.

Nina

I have been chewing ice obsessively for five years. My teeth have small cracks as well as a few tiny chips in some. Particularly the upper tooth in front. I can feel the chip but it's not noticeable. I have terrible dry mouth syndrome. If I don't constantly have something in my mouth that is wet and cold, my mouth is so dry that my voice is altered, my tongue sticks to my upper plate, and I am very uncomfortable. I can drink bottled water like it's no body's business when I am out and about where I cannot get my ice chips. We have a outside machine here that sells ice 25lbs of crushed. I get three bags at a time and keep it in my deep freezer. Let's just say that I never make it a whole week before I am buying more. It's cheaper than store bought ice and tastes so wonderful. I even get a thrill out of smelling the ice cold air coming from the AC vents. I am extremely cranky if I am out of ice and will go to great lengths to get my ice. My tongue BURNS daily and all day. My mouth is getting soars for no apparent reason. I cannot and mean CANNOT eat salt or anything with salt in it. And brushing my teeth is a chore anymore because every toothpaste I can find just burns my mouth to the point of my eyes tearing up. I cannot muster the thought of eating Mexican food anymore. No spices whatsoever. I bloat like an old pig, and very very Gassy some days which I attribute to chewing ice. There is so much going on that I am going crazy it seems. My morning consist of fixing hubby breakfast while I chew cup after cup of ice.

As I sit here now, it's 9:03am and I've just finished my third cup (LARGE) of ice and my tongue is on fire. It only feels better while I am eating ice. I told hubby last night that I have burned my tongue (Like freezer burned food) due to chewing ice. It may be more complicated than that. I don't know.

But I am going to get those vitamins today, and take all my ice OUT of my home freezer and put it in the deep freezer out back. Too far of a walk, and it will force me to drink just water. Then if that don't stop it, I am seeking medical attention. But I just HATE going to a doctor for help to fix my ignorant mistakes. So, I am going to try to fix it myself first.

Good Luck everyone.

Juan

how did theyre voices change? did it get lower or higher?

CutiesGirl87

Hi my name is monica. I have been chewing ice for like 1 1/2 year. Im 15 year old. I chew ice everyday. I cant stop.Is it ok to eat soft ice not hard ice? I eat like 3 to 4 cup of eart a day. Is that bad to eat that much of ice in a day

donna

My dad eats ice all the time,gets on my last straw.I had his blood work done and that is all fine.Never done it before,he is 83 years old and been doing this for about a year now.My ice maker can't keep up with him sometimes.He will get up in the moring and that is the first thing he goes for.The only thing i could do is turn off ice maker,is that bad.

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Donna, have you talked to his doctor about this. Sometimes a doctor needs to know what to look for.

donna bell

Yes i have,but don't seem to concern about.

suzanne hyland

Donna, most older people suffer terrible with dehydration which then causes many other problems, I think that your Dad is perfectly ok eating ice and it will be keeping him hydrated, he obviously enjoys his ice it is cruel to take maybe one of his few enjoyments away from him at such an age, let him enjoy as much as he wants and be pleased that it is a free harmless adiction. God Bless

Star

I have had an ice eating problem for years. Even broke a tooth that later became abscessed and had to be removed. You would think that would make me stop but no. I just chew with the other side. I cant even drink anything if its not ice cold. I also have chronic iron defenicy anemia. Last check my hemoglobin were at 9. I get really chronic pain. I tried explaining to my dr but he says its my anemia. I think its deeper then that. I think i may have fibromynalgia. Hopefully whatever it is i can get treatment soon and can get my iron right. I need to break this ice habit...

Star

I have had an ice eating problem for years. Even broke a tooth that later became abscessed and had to be removed. You would think that would make me stop but no. I just chew with the other side. I cant even drink anything if its not ice cold. I also have chronic iron defenicy anemia. Last check my hemoglobin were at 9. I get really chronic pain. I tried explaining to my dr but he says its my anemia. I think its deeper then that. I think i may have fibromynalgia. Hopefully whatever it is i can get treatment soon and can get my iron right. I need to break this ice habit...

ZH

Yep I've been eating ice every day for 7 years now and I had no idea I was anaemic until a month ago and severely anaemic too. I had all the symptoms that are mentioned here but it didn't even occur to me. The ice crunching really annoys my parents, my mum has resorted to removing the whole tray from the freezer....but I still freeze bottles hehe. I haven't broken a tooth (yet, thankfully) but I'm pretty sure my tastebuds are broken...or numbed.

Amelia

Ah Ice! What a wonderful product...I'm 61 and have been an ice eater for as long as I can remember. I don't eat well, no meat or animal products at all and truthfully would rather just eat a handfull of chips or cookies to get rid of the hunger pain and go on about my business. IPicky is probably the correct word. If I'm busy, I forget to eat all together. Eating just isn't high on my priority lists I guess. Got my 1st cavity at 48 and truthfully, have gone down hill since then in the dental area. My mother gives me calcium and fish oil (yuck!) pills for my birthday etc...the fish oil just makes my skin crawl and I can't make myself take it. I really just enjoy my ice - though I am getting a little tired of people at work telling me I eat too much or being "surprised" when I actually have OJ or something instead of ice. I don't drink soda, coffee, tea, milk etc - my drink of choice is good old water, ice is my passion.

Very informative and well written article. Thanks for sharing. I stopped crunching ice when I seriously bit the inside of my cheek. OUCH!

This is by far one of the most interesting articles that I have read on here. I had never previously thought that anyone could be addicted to eating ice. Thanks for the share!

Jada

Hey, my name is Jada and im about to tern 18 in a few days. I know im young but i have been eating ice for as long as i can remember and i never looked it up until now. I must admit that this article scared me because everything being said was exactly how i feel about ice. I am anemic but i never took the pills i was given because they look nasty. I dont go to the doctor often so as far as i know, im just anemic. I think about ice all day everyday, and when im at school i cant wait to get home to eat it. Sometimes if i just cant wait i go to the nurses office and pretend i hurt my leg or something just so they give me ice that i can eat. How do i stop this?

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Jada, you need to take your medicine. Being anemic is a dangerous health condition. If the pills are too big, tell your doctor. I dont know what you mean about nasty. Your doctor might be able to give you medicine that isnt nasty to you. But you have to take the medicine to get over being anemic. Once you are not anemic anymore, you still might think about ice like any addiction. It should fade away with time when you heal from being anemic. But you need to talk to your doctor again about taking these pills and you need to take them.

I have had this addiction to ice for years. It wasn't due to burning mouth or tounge and has since subsided when I paid more attention that I had actually filed the side of one of my back teeth down that I used frequently to chew the ice. I had been anemic, having very low red cell count. It use to be so bad that I would have black-outs, meaning I would litarally lose my site after becoming dizzy. I havn't had that happen in a long time. The thought of ice makes my mouth water, even just looking at snow. Thank goodness I live in Florida. lol I have actually bought a bag of ice, so I could put ice in a cup to chew on. I try to curve that urge now by freezing water to the point of ice cold, yet not ice and sip on it. My favorite was probably the ice in the tea at a chinese buffet my husband and I went to. It was tiny blocks of ice and soft, so I sould chew it easier. I drove my husband nuts for years hearing me crunch on the ice. He finally got use to it, but I slowed down a lot since then. We have been togther over twenty years now. Guess he really loved me enough to get through it. Its not an addition like acohol or drugs though.

Susan

Before reading the comments at this site, I too chewed ice as often as I could. I also ate popsicles and almonds for the crunch. After reading the comments here I went to the pharmacist and got some iron supplements. Sure enough after about a month the cravings were gone. Thanks for the info.

i find that im addicted to eating ice i have trouble going to sleep at night because im always wanting it and sitting through school all day without it just about kills me. i eat about 10-12 cups of ice each day and when i run out i have to go to the store right away or i start to get stressed and sad. wish i could stop, i dont even know why its so appealing to me. im only 16 and ive been doing this since i was 11. just the thought of ice makes my mouth water!

Wow! I was sitting here at my desk in my office eating a glass of ice and my boss walk in an ask me to look up ice addiction. I must say that everything in this article is about me. I use to eat 2 10lb bags everyday. Now that I live in an apartment I have an ice maker and it makes me mad because I eat all of the ice before the ice maker can make anymore so I go out and buy some. I take the iron pills but it constipate me so I stop taking it. A neighbor told me about the multi-vitamins and iron pills together and I'm going to get it today after reading this. You know my stomach is bloated but I thought it was because I needed to start walking but now I know it may be from the ice I'm eating. I thought that the burning of my tounge was just cause I was eating the ice and by it being cold but I learn something new. I started eating ice when I was pregant with my first child in 1993 and haven't stop yet. Any other suggestions please. 

I think my teeth and nails are affected my eating ice because I eat ice like all the time so, what should i do to fix it ?? HELP !!

You obviously haven\\\'t ever experienced anemia to the point of craving ice.  It isn\\\'t an addiction - it\\\'s a physiological response to having low iron.  For almost all people who experience this the craving goes away as soon as the anemia is dealt with.  I\\\'ve had chronic iron-deficiency anemia most of my life due to a connective tissue disease. I immediately know to get my blood tested the minute I start craving ice. Once my iron levels increase (they\\\'re never quite normal) the craving goes away.  You need to be careful about throwing around the word \\\"addiction\\\" when you don\\\'t understand the physiological causes of a symptom.

This article is dead on! I am anemic and have been chewing ice for about 3 or 4 years now.  I literally eat about 8-12 cups worth a day.  I can\'t take iron pills due to another medical issue that I have.  My doctor told me that because I am 19 it will go away over time.  I don\'t believe that though.  I am so heavily addicted and have to get my ice from specific places.  It really is like a drug lol Gotta get it from a specific dealer! lol

Wow..I never knew I risked my life so much. No wonder I have benn having this kind of problems in my life. I thought that eating ice blocks makes it better but then I found out I was wrong. OMG, I am so disappointed to myself and my Me. Tell you what? From now on I\'m not eating Ice and I will go visit a doctor for more help. Thanks a lot for what I just got!

My wife cruches ice all the time but it really bugs me at bedtime.  She likes to cruch it and play on her Ipad to relax but I have a hard time going to sleep with the crunching going on.  First, should she be checked because she has had anemia in the past. Second, is it unreasonable of me to ask her to cruch in another room so I don't have listen to it?

If ice is water how is it that chewing it can damage your stomach and cause pain. So does that mean we should stop drinking water.

I hope someone finds a cure for this quickly.  I've just finished my 3rd cup of ice for the day and it's aggravating, but I can't help it.

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Kim, the cure is going to a doctor and having your blood checked to make sure you are not anemic. Anemia appears to be the number one reason for the ice chewing addiction. And anemia can be serious if it goes on too long. But you should just go get a quick blood test done and get checked for anemia. And then your ice eating addiction will go away.

I've been adicted to ice for almost 5 years and i've been trying to quit many times, but I can't.  whenever I see a refridgerator ice cubes is the only thing that comes to m mind, even the ice that that is formed inside the refridgerator and honestly I enjoy it much more than the ice cubes.  nometer what I do nothing can replace the craving of ice and drinking water just makes it worse, and by just looking at it I can't think of anything else untill I have it. my fridge has 4 trays of ice cubes which I refill maybe 2 times a da. the worst thing about this adiction is that even if its winter nometer how cold it is I just can't get enough of ice. I dont know what to do to leave this adiction.

Im 15 and have been chewing ice for a few years . I thought it was normal at first but it getting worse as I think about it all the time . I can't wait to come back from school to eat ice. I get mad when people touch the ice trays. I like to eat ice after I had a meal or ate something . It feels like the ice refreshing my mouth . Help me (sorry for my bad English)

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Nur, you really need to see your doctor. As the article says, you could have anemia, which is usually not serious, but it could become serious. See your doctor for a blood test and find out. Being addicted to eating ice is usually just a sign your body is not getting enough iron in the diet or vitamins.

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