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Is it bad if pencil graphite goes into my skin? How do I get it out?

Is it bad if pencil graphite goes into my skin? How do I get it out?

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

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I have a tiny splinter in my finger from a pencil. It's fully under skin and I can't get it out with needle or tweezers. Can I leave it? What do I do?

See below: You may watch and wait. If the site becomes red, swollen, painful, there is discharge, there are red streaks in the skin leading from the site, or the lymph glands in your arm pit get enlarged, see a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Sometimes I get red splotches on my legs that look like a pool of blood is underneath my skin- they're about size of pencil erasers. What is this??

Sometimes I get red splotches on my legs that look like a pool of blood is underneath my skin- they're about size of pencil erasers. What is this??

This may be a form: Of pigmentary purpura. But there are other causes of vascular trauma. I would see dermatologsit to get correct diagnosis and treatment options. The fact that it comes and goes means you need to see someone when rash is present. Hope that helps ...Read more

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I have a bump on my index finger. It is where my pencil rests when I write. The skin is hard. How may I be able to get rid of this?

Happens: It happens because of the pressure of the writing instrument. You may actually have a callus there. The only thing you can do is try to hold your pen/pencil very gently but odds are, the bump will remain. It's harmless.
To the careful observer, It's proof that you work hard. ...Read more

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What to do if I poked through my skin with pencil?

Clean the: Puncture wound with warm water and soap. Clean out any graphite so it does not discolor your skin. You can apply a thin ribbon of antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandaid. Have you had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years? ...Read more

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Will I have permanent 'tatoo' from pencil lead under my skin?

Will I have permanent 'tatoo' from pencil lead under my skin?

Pencil lead tattoo: Yes you will have a permanent tattoo from a lead pencil. I received one in 9th grade and am over 50 and I still have the pencil lead tattoo. ...Read more

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I have had lead from a pencil in my skin for the last 8 years. Is it dangerous?

I have had lead from a pencil in my skin for the last 8 years. Is it dangerous?

No: No, what we call lead in pencils is really graphite, not lead. I still have a piece in my skin from 5th grade and I am in my sixties, it will not harm you. ...Read more

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I was stabbed with a pencil when I was a child, and the black dot in my skin hasn't gone away?

I was stabbed with a pencil when I was a child, and the black dot in my skin hasn't gone away?

Traumatic tattoo: The carbon graphite in the pencil has left behind a traumatic tattoo. It can lighten or fade with time but may leave behind a permanent tattoo. It can be removed surgically or with a laser. ...Read more

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I accidentally got stuck by a sharp pencil and it broke the skin and made me bleed. What should I do?

Pencil injury.: Rinse wound w clean water. Clean surrounding skin w soap & water on wash cloth. Apply antibiotic ointment. Initially cover w bandage until some healing has occurred. Change bandage when soiled/ wet or at least daily. Need tetanus shot if you haven't had one in last 10 years or don't know
when you last had one. ...Read more

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My daughter stabbed herself with a pencil there is a black mark under her skin but no piece of lead, should I be worried?

Modern pencils: are made of a graphite material, and no longer contain lead. The biggest risk, albeit minimal, of this type of injury is infection. Local wound care should suffice for treatment. ...Read more

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Very small bump in inner cheek (smaller than a pencil eraser), been there over a month, almost feels/looks like a small flap of skin, what is it?

Very small bump in inner cheek (smaller than a pencil eraser), been there over a month, almost feels/looks like a small flap of skin, what is it?

Observe evolution: It looks like you had some type of trauma, which is very common in people.
Observe, if it grows fast, see a dentist immediately. Many times it disappears without treatment. If stays longer than a few months, it should be removed and biopsied. ...Read more

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Are melanomas usually a reddish pink irregular looking patch on skin? About the size of a pencil eraser?

Are melanomas usually a reddish pink irregular looking patch on skin? About the size of a pencil eraser?

Yes it can be: Most melanomas are mixtures of brown/black or tan color. Reddish pink would be uncommon. But watch for changes such as further enlargement in size or changes in color. If it gets bigger, get it removed. You could watch it for a few months and decide if it needs to be checked by your doctor in order to be certain. ...Read more

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Light brown flat spot on right side of head near hairline not perfectly round but kinda symetrical about the size of a pencil eraserwhat could it be?

Light brown flat spot on right side of head near hairline not perfectly round but kinda symetrical about the size of a pencil eraserwhat could it be?

Nevus?: Sounds llike a brown nevus, or what people call a "birthmark". It sounds like it is flat, small and does not have discoloration or different colors or dark colors in it. These are all good characteristics and you should not worry about this lesion too much. However if it grows over time, if color changes, if it becomes raised, then consult physician. ...Read more

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On the top of my head about 2 fingers to the left of center I have a circle bump a little larger than a pencil eraser also I suffer from migraines

On the top of my head about 2 fingers to the left of center I have a circle bump a little larger than a pencil eraser also I suffer from migraines

Blocked gland?: A sebaceous cyst is a collection of oily fluid that occurs when an oil gland is blocked. Some folks are more prone to them than other and they often appear on the head, neck, shoulders, and back. Please see doctor for proper diagnosis and a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist to learn stress management for migraines. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Are all black moles cancerous? Smaller than the shape of a pencil eraser. Not bumpy, almost looks like a circle. On skin layer that isn't expose much

Are all black moles cancerous? Smaller than the shape of a pencil eraser. Not bumpy, almost looks like a circle. On skin layer that isn't expose much

Not all, but some: Black moles are very worrisome for skin cancer, especially melanoma. It is hard to answer your question without an examination. It is concerning when moles change - change in size, color, become irregularly shaped, itch, bleed. Most moles are relatively easy to remove and test. Please see your primary doctor or a surgeon to see if this needs to be removed and tested. ...Read more

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From 6 months I have a painless hard bump in skin of my upper eyelid. I think it happened when I was applying eyeliner with hard tip pencil. What's it

From 6 months I have a painless hard bump in skin of my upper eyelid. I think it happened when I was applying eyeliner with hard tip pencil. What's it

Stye: Sounds like a chalazion (stye). By 6 months, chances are it's not going to resolve without treatment. See an ophthalmologist. Removing them is a simple office procedure. ...Read more

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Which drug likely to cause skin eruption (3bumps on leg size of pencil eraser) uribel (taking as needed and 150mg Neurontin (gabapentin) 1x day for 9 months now?

Uribel & Gabapentin: Gabapentin would be more of the culprit than uribel though skin reactions are still much less common in general with gabapentin. Your skin eruptions are so very localized. I would expect to gabapentin to have caused a more diffuse skin reaction. Skin biopsy will give you more clarity. I would be surprised if your biopsy shows a direct link to gabapentin since you've been on it for 9 months. ...Read more

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Hard knot under skin of perineum feels like its in the tissue what's causing it I have pencil type bowel movements worried about buldge?

Hard knot under skin of perineum feels like its in the tissue what's causing it I have pencil type bowel movements worried about buldge?

Few ideas...: Typically a cyst or blocked hair follicle, could be genital warts but not by your description. I recommend you have your doctor check it out. You will have peace of mind. ...Read more

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My Son is experiencing lump on top of his head under the scalp. It is skin color, pencil eraser in size, tender if touched harder than a pimple?

Not to worry: This lump is too small to worry unless it grows in size over the next several months. More than likely it is a benign knot due to either acne (pimple) or a lipoma which can get tender if you keep mashing it frequently. I would advise you to check it but not more than once monthly and note down the size. Unless it grows in size, there is nothing further to be done ...Read more