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Simple or complex?: By this i mean, is it a simple puncture wound or is it complicated by irregular edges with possible devitilized tissue with retained foreign body? In the former wound cleansing is probably sufficient whereas the latter requires debridement with wound exploration and surgical cleansing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Might try: soaking in warm epsom salts.Get a more detailed answer ›
You can.: Graphite is not necessarily dangerous.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 needs to be removed? The area needs to be well cleaned. It can be covered with a clean bandage. For signs of infection - redness, swelling, ^'ed pain, purulent drainage, heat, red streaks or fever - seek medical care asap. Take care. ...Read more
Not modern ones: Modern pencils do not contain lead as the "lead" of the pencil is actually a mix of finely ground graphite and clay powders. Pencil cores can also be made of charcoal. ...Read more
Not dangerous: Pencil lead (graphite) often causes a gray or blue tattoo-like area. The spot would probably have to be cut out to get it to go away. It's not dangerous to leave it untreated. ...Read more
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, and this is compulsive, then please get with someone who can help you modify / eliminate this behavior, and read online about "pica". I also trust you are not iron deficient. Your physician can be your guide. ...Read more
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