Will eating talcum powder harm you?
What is more important is the reason behind why you crave talcum
powder. It is a form of disorder called pica and usually indicates
iron deficiency anemia (reduced ability of blood cells to carry
oxygen). You need to get a blood test done to check for hemoglobin
and iron levels. If it is found that you have low iron levels you
simply have to take an iron pill daily to boost your levels back
up. You will slowly see your cravings for talcum powder go away as
iron levels increase. The iron pill can sometimes irritate your
stomach, so an iron in solution formulation is also available
(there is one made by Enfalac - fer in sol).
It could dry out your throat from the powder-dust causing, as
previously stated-respiratory problems. Most of which are temporary
and can be cured by visiting a doctor. It is not suggested that you
eat talc-it's not food-it's a body powder =)
Yes. Because of the consistency, it can be easily inhaled into
the lungs and cause serious respiratory problems.
Talcum powder has been linked to cause cervical cancer in women.
It's generally not a good idea to take it internally, though any
effects related to its ingestion would depend on a variety of
different factors. All in all, it's not good for you.
I have been eating powder since the age of 3 years old I am now
33 years old. My brother was the person who introduced it to me and
I have been hooked ever since. I also will eat black board chalk if
I can not get my hands on the Johnsons baby powder. The baby powder
in England tates so much better than the American one, but they are
both very addictive. I can eat 4oz a day. Going to the supermarket
and Drugstore is a challenge because each time I go I say to my
self that I am not going to eat it any more then I end up picking
up a bottle. I can only eat the original plain baby powder. I have
started taking laxatives to break down the bulk of powder in my
body. I know I am doing harm to myself but I feel like a smoker who
also knows the same thing. I have tried to quit many times the only
time I was successful was when I was pregnant with my second child,
but even then towards the last month of my pregnancy I gave into
the craving. When I use powder on my kids I use the pure cornstarch
baby powder on them because I can not eat that it makes me feel
sick. I would like to know what my organs look like in side and
what effects or damage the powder has done. I have seen my little
boy lick powder of his body and I worry that he had inherrited this
habbit from me.
Some talcum powder contains traces of zinc, (not the good kind).
And if it is really old possibly traces of lead. These is beside
the point however, talcum powder because of its fine consistency
can easily be ingested into the lungs. Thereby causing pulmonary
problems, even pneumonia and/or pulmonary edema. Seek medical
advice, care to find out what is causing you to want to eat this