Is swallowing hair bad

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Pica is an eating disorder typically defined as the persistent eating of non nutritive substances for a period of at least 1 month. Pica is observed most frequently in children. Although not always, it is most commonly seen in individuals with developmental disabilities. In some societies, pica is a culturally sanctioned practice and is not considered to be pathologic.

Exposure to infectious agents via ingestion of contaminated substances is a potential health hazard. Gastrointestinal (GI) tract complications, including mechanical bowel problems, constipation, ulcerations, perforations, and intestinal obstructions, have resulted from pica.

In young pregnant women, the onset of pica frequently occurs during their first pregnancy in late adolescence or early adulthood. Although the pica usually remits at the end of the pregnancy, it may continue intermittently for years.

Studies of this are ongoing.

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