Friday, 1 March 2013
Weird Addiction: "I Love Eating Deodorant Everyday"
Nicole, 19, from New York, says she enjoyed the taste as a toddler but then became obsessed with eating it in the last two years.
Since then she has eaten on average half a stick a day - the equivalent of 15 full sticks a month.
Teenager Nicole eating a stick of deodorant which says she has become addicted to over the past two years.
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Nicole first at some deodorant as a four-year-old and enjoyed the taste
Nicole takes another scoop of deodorant stick to feed her addiction
She says her craving gives her a dry mouth and stomach cramps as a result - so has taken to sometimes spraying deodorant on her tongue instead.
Nicole said: 'My brain tells me, "you have to eat it". I tried giving it up for a week but got really sick and had bad headaches.'
She added: 'When I realise I'm out of deodorant I panic. My anxiety goes crazy and I get really aggravated.
'Without it, I'd be a totally different person.'
When she does not have a stick, Nicole has also starting spraying deodorant onto her tongue
The teenager says she gets headaches and stomach cramps from eating deodorant
A doctor has examined Nicole and warned her she eating the deodorants will damage her health
Although deodorant sticks are mainly made from waxes and oil, a main ingredient is aluminium which can cause dementia, seizures or even death.
Nicole's boyfriend and friend Zhakia became concerned for her health and finally convinced her to see a doctor who confirmed she is risking her health.
She has since cut down and tries to eat almonds when she gets a craving but is still eating a small amount of deodorant every day.
'It's really soft. It feels like it melts in my mouth,' she explained. 'Deodorant really has a unique taste of its own.'