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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
PIca: ...is characterized by an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive, such as paper, clay, metal, chalk, soil, glass, sand, or in your cas ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
PICA: Please start with medical evaluation to determine if this is being caused by a nutritional deficiency. If you are medically cleared, the next step wou ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Please get help: If you simply chew pencils and pens, I have always done the same thing and apart from one broken tooth am none the worse for it. If you are swallowing ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Probably not: I am not aware of a link between eating slate pencil lead and the development of cancer.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Pica: Compusive ingestion of dirt, minerals, and similar stuff (including pencil lead or "slate") is called pica. If severe, it can cause nutritional proble ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marcus Free
26 years experience General Surgery
Dietary deficiency: Hair loss, craving non-nutritive items like pencil lead are concerning for a severe nutritional/vitamin/mineral deficiency. Medical attention with lab ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Possible if you mouth came in contact with Herpes II.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
When was your : Last tetanus shot? If it has been more than 10 years or you don't know - get another tetanus shot. Has any pencil lead broken off into your skin that ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See below: May cause an infection. It does not contain lead.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hadfield
12 years experience Podiatry
See your doctor: Although pencils no longer have lead in them, a pencil wound can cause an infection and should be seen and treated by a doctor. You also need a tetan ... Read More

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