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Habit of eating wall
Hello doctors, i have a quarry about someone. she has a habit of eating very small pieces of walls, let me know that is it either habit or some type of sickness. what is the solution if it is not a habit ?
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Dr. Harisha N L
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Is she a pregnant??? Her symptoms suggestive of pica-kind of eating disorder... Commonly seen in pregnancy due to mineral deficiencies such as an iron deficiency. However, often the non-food items that an individual chooses to consume will not contain the mineral of which they are deficient, so pica is not an alternative means of obtaining nutrients... The type of treatment recommended for pica will depend upon the type of pica that is diagnosed. If pica stems from a nutritional deficiency then this will usually be treated with supplements to rectify the deficiency. If pica is diagnosed as a having a psychological basis, then an appropriate treatment plan for this condition will result. Regards
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Dr. Saurabh Chittora
Internal Medicine 4 yrs exp Kota
You have not mentioned the age of patient in question. Well still eating wall is quiet common as the paint on wall contains calcium carbonate , persons with calcium deficiency find it tasty. Get her serum calcium done to check it. But again this is not unlikely possible that she had some psychiatric problem. In that case consult a psychiatrist. 
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