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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Having an habbit of eating slate pencils.What is my health condition now ?

Sir am a 23year marrid girl having an habbit of eating slate pencils at my age of 13 to 16 and i left the habbit and again now few months back i was started and stopped by my husband emotional thoughts but am feeling to eat those and am having iron difficiency said my pathilogist and having fibroadenoma(? ) may i know what causes me to eat those things and what is my health condition and i was terninated my pregnency twice
Fri, 24 Jun 2011
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  Anonymous's Response
i only chew the slate pencils but i dont swallow them at all not even a bit i spit everything after there any problem in doing that
Psychiatrist Dr. Keerthish Shetty's  Response
PICA is the term used when someone eat non-edible substances. One of the main causes for pica is iron deficiency anemia. Other factors like stress could also be playing a role in maintaining the problem. Discuss the probelm with your family and take professional help if the problem persists.
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OBGYN Dr. Rakhi Tayal's  Response
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Eating of slate like things is due to altered taste for these items due to iron deficiency in our body whichleads to reduced levels of haemoglobin in our body.To treat this, you need to take regular iron supplements for at least one month along with a high protein diet.
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