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I used to read these threads almost daily hoping for some advice.

I’m in my 20s and was recently diagnosed with several chronic diseases. I bought a scrubbing bubbles-type cleaner one day to clean my bathroom with and became addicted to the smell. I would hide in my bathroom spraying it on towels to sniff and would feel so much relief from it.

A few weeks ago, I went to my specialist who ordered a few labs before he was starting me on a new med and he found I was severely anemic - he tested my ferritin, iron, TIBC, and % saturation. He immediately ordered an iron infusion that I had twice: once one week, and then again 7 days later.

I am now nauseated by the thought of sniffing the cleaner. I have no desire to whatsoever.

I think the people who are writing about the connection between iron-deficient anemia and the craving for these chemicals are absolutely correct. If you know you are anemic, I would ask your PCP dr to check your Ferritin levels and TIBC and ask about an iron infusion. It quickly raises your levels back to normal, and starting the first day after the infusion I no longer wanted to sniff the scrubbing bubbles.

Please feel free to message me with any questions, and remember you are not alone and I’m sending so much love to each one of you!!

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I think you are 100% right. I have been inhaling duster and am also anemic with critically low iron levels. I can tell that the days i take iron supplements (at high doses) my cravings are much subsided. I am working with my doctor now because i have low iron, calcium, and a bone disease. Can i ask what chronic issues you are having? Anything to do with softening of the bones (osteomalasia) or pain in your hips?
Thank you so much for this - i feel very hopeful right now!
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