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Compulsive sponge eating - Pica (Page 3)


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November 8th, 2010
Wow , a million times wow, I am seriously starting to think that a lot of women love sponge, but again everyone is just too hesitant to share . I am Portuguese and since I was about 8 or nine I would get the sponge from the sofa cushions as well, although my mum found out she never made a big deal out of it. Living on my own now (25) there are times of the month that I need it more and again , the texture of the sponge in my mouth is what I crave for , i make sure I keep it dry and take as much time to swallow it as I can , my mouth waters every time I see a sponge. Now I feel somehow more reassured about this habit, knowing that Im not alone in this makes me feel better. Thank you for sharing

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replied November 12th, 2010
I thought I was the only one who ate foam. I have been doing it for quite some time and can't seem to stop. When I started I would get it from couches. Now I just go to a store that has the type that I want and just but it. I wish I could stop but for whatever reason I can't. This habit began once I got pregnant with my first child had hasn't stopped. If there is anyone who has been thru this and found a way to stop please tell me how. I really feel that i need to.
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replied December 6th, 2010
Eating Sponges
Im sooo glad there are other people like me. I'm only 16 years old, I know this might sound disgusting but what I do is I chew the sponge and then make them into little balls and dry them on the radiator. I crave them soooo badly, I even have a sponge in my locker at school. But I only eat car and bathroom sponges though.At a time it got so bad, my dad threw all the sponges away that he found in my room. He thinks I'm crazy eating sponges. But I don't know what to do as seeing a doctor would be way embarrassing.
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replied December 10th, 2010
sponge!!
im so happy i feel kinda normal now...when i was about 4 i was eating it out of my baby chair.now im eating cushion the hard and firm ones...ive been eating it for quite some timeand nothings happened.i wanna stop but who can blame me...ITS DELICIOUS!!!
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replied December 16th, 2010
the only answer is to consult a doctor. they know what's best for your problem. goodluck
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replied December 21st, 2010
anybody need a friend to talk to Im here I know I do Sad
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replied December 29th, 2010
thank you godness!!!im not alone. i been eating it since i was about 3 and it started with my baby chair.then my mom's hair curlers. i wanna stop but ITS SOOO GOOD. my mom thought it wasnt a biggie but shes still hiding it from me. now that im older i can pace myself but its just crazy. i cant stop. i really hope this stickes with me. i really like the texture,the smell and the chewing sensation.
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replied January 8th, 2011
Grrr sponge addiction
i used to eat sponges from when i was about 3 roughly to about 17/18 im currently 19 , and i use to love sponges like a lot i dont know what about it i like, colour of it maybe intrigues me or the texture of it in my mouth, obviously i started young and as a young child i probably liked soft things so there you go. I have sickle cell anemia and i cant say i have problems directly related to my sponge addiction cos i have crisis anyways so im not sure, i started my period when i was 15 dunno if this is relevant mayb suggesting that the sponge intake may have delay something. Ive stopped eat sponges only becuase after destroying about 4 ironing boards , cleaning sponges, baby sponges chair sponges, matteress, anything that has sponnge init but thenmy fascination changed or i just couldnt access anymore sponges so i stopped , then one day i tried to eat sponge rite, that i saw from a chair and i took it placed it in my mouth and i HATED the taste it was horrendus so it kinda put me off, the taste was quite bitter ...butyea im not sure if i have helped at all. its all about will power tbh ..please try stop may have serious consquences
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replied January 23rd, 2011
When I started this thread two years ago I had no idea so many people had the same/a similar problem to me!
When I've posted/searched elsewhere I've only found useless answers/stories
So far it's had almost 10,000 views! Goes a long way to proving we're not alone!
Thanks for sharing everyone!
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replied January 24th, 2011
Young sponge-eater
I can't believe it. I thought I was the only person in the world, a nut. And now I find that it's a disorder! Being 15, I'm scared to tell anyone that I eat sponges, and since I can't go out on my own, I can't feed my habit. I still get serious cravings, but I've mastered them with the fact that my family does not buy sponges often and the only one left in the house is one that we use for dish-cleaning. It's soiled and tattered beyond feeding my addiction
Though, I did once spend hours cleaning out one of these sponges. And then ate it. I felt awful, and weird.
The first pack of kitchen sponges we bought I actually soaked in water and soaped it repeatedly, knowing whatever antibacterial-stuff I smelled on it couldn't be good for me. I'm glad I did; Had that pack gotten me a bellyache my parents would've known. And I'd feel even worse.
I still get cravings, but looking at that sponge helps and hurts. I guess it comes down to 'Do I really want that thing stuffing up my intestines?'
All in all, I'm just glad there are others like me. It's a relief and a terrible thing....

EDIT: I just realized that mine, too, gets worse around 'that time'. Also, I've been told that when I was little I used to eat the fur off of my stuffed Pooh Bear.

For anyone seeking help for quitting: Seeing as I only did this for a few months, it was easier for me to quit cold-turkey; Though I fear I'll start up again. Tough it out? Talk to a doctor. Make sure it's not just blood or iron loss, I guess.
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replied January 24th, 2011
Mmmm
I have had on/off cravings for sponges and sponge-like stuffing.
It started with just chewing half a sponge in my mouth but found my craving was never satisfied until one day I picked a little bit off, chewed and swallowed it. I loved ripping a piece off. I enjoyed chewing different thickness and sizes of sponges.
I also would purchase sponges just to take home and eat. I wouldn't like to know how many sponges I've eaten :-S
My mum noticed what I was doing but I told her I just enjoyed ripping them up! My mum used to put her sponges in the washing machine and it made them softer and tasted lovely. I usually like the rougher sponges but these soft ones were great!
Last year for Lent I decided to give up eating sponges. I still chewed them because I couldn't help it. I swallow any pieces, I just kept chewing and chewing until I wasn't enjoying it anymore and spit it out. I found this stopped me from swallowing them. I still chew little rough pieces that come attached to clothes in my work :-S
I stopped buying sponges and when I see sponges in someone else's house or in a supermarket I try get away from them fast!

From my research it looks like pica is caused my iron deficiency anaemia. Anyone trying to stop should get some strong iron tablets and just try fight the urge to swallow.

I work in retail and some trousers have little sponge like materials attached to the hanger so it doesn't damage the trousers. I steal them off and chew them. I walk around with about 3 or 4 pieces in my pocket at a time, chewing them and dropping them on the floor when they are all ripped up and not feeling so rough anymore. I get bad cravings for them but I don't swallow them anymore.
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replied February 15th, 2011
I glad to know I wasn't the only one doing this. The only time that I really just craved sponge is when I was pregnant. Sometimes I could sleep at night until I ate some. My husand would get so upset at me because he would find the sofe cover unzipped. There were two things that helped theses cravings for me. Eating marshmallows and peach or apple rings.
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replied February 21st, 2011
I see most stories are similar but how do we get help?
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replied February 21st, 2011
My sponge eating progressively got worse for about four years to the point where I was eating several sponges a day. Earlier this year I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia and was prescribed iron tablets. I still continued to eat sponges for about a week after I started taking the tablets but now the cravings have stopped and I haven't eaten sponges for quite a few weeks. I can't even imagine eating them again. I would encourage everyone to go to their doctor for help.
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replied February 23rd, 2011
i suggest that you look at your food diet, sometimes lack of certain vitamins can leave you craving things such as bath sponges. i also had the same craving until i changed my food diet. hope it helps!
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replied May 8th, 2011
It came up on a routine blood test that I have a relatively low iron count (probably the result of heavy periods)and have been prescribed tranexamic acid tablets and now take multivitamins daily. My cravings have now STOPPED! I haven't eaten sponge for 2 months and would really advise anyone suffering similar pica cravings to consider taking a simple mulitvitamin tablet everyday as it's really helped me out!
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replied May 10th, 2011
3 pages of people like me!
Where did we all come from?!
I am amazed. I thought it was just me.

I bite off small pieces and chew them to smithereens.
=Lidl packs of 6 kitchen sponges have the best roughness on the yellow side to satisfy my tongue! .... and i've tried a few!

Glad I found you all.
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replied May 19th, 2011
I have this too!
I have this too!!! But I don't chew or swallow sponges, I just like the smell and the feeling. i have several in my drawer at work and when everyone goes away I have a quick sniff. I also have a couple under my pillow on my bed so that I can smell them before I go to sleep, and I have one in my bag in case I feel the urge when I am out. If I smell them long enough it gives me a dry throat which is a lovely feeling. Glad im not the only one with this weird obsession!
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replied May 19th, 2011
I have this too!
I have this too!!! But I don't chew or swallow sponges, I just like the smell and the feeling. i have several in my drawer at work and when everyone goes away I have a quick sniff. I also have a couple under my pillow on my bed so that I can smell them before I go to sleep, and I have one in my bag in case I feel the urge when I am out. If I smell them long enough it gives me a dry throat which is a lovely feeling. Glad im not the only one with this weird obsession!
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replied May 19th, 2011
I have this too!
I have this too!!! But I don't chew or swallow sponges, I just like the smell and the feeling. i have several in my drawer at work and when everyone goes away I have a quick sniff. I also have a couple under my pillow on my bed so that I can smell them before I go to sleep, and I have one in my bag in case I feel the urge when I am out. If I smell them long enough it gives me a dry throat which is a lovely feeling. Glad im not the only one with this weird obsession!
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