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Is pencil lead poisonous if consumed?

Is pencil lead poisonous if consumed?

No: The graphite pencil which is also known as the lead pencil. The 'lead' is a misnomer in a sense leading to confusion with lead of lead poisoning. The content of the black writing portion of a lead pencil is a mixture of high-grade charcoal and clay. All the same, consumption of the pencil is not advised. ...Read more

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Are any pencils or art pencils made with lead nowadays?

Are any pencils or art pencils made with lead nowadays?

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

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Will Eating Slate Pencil Lead To Cancer?

Will Eating Slate Pencil Lead To Cancer?

Probably not: I am not aware of a link between eating slate pencil lead and the development of cancer. ...Read more

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Why nobody gets lead poisoning from pencils?

Why nobody gets lead poisoning from pencils?

Not lead: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. ...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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If you stab yourself with a pencil will you get lead poisoning?

No: No, mostly because the 'lead' in a pencil is not the metal, but graphite, which may leave a stain but does not poison. ...Read more

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Can you get lead poisoning from any regular or artist's pencils in the u.S.?

Graphite: The "lead " in pencils is not lead, the metal. It is graphite. There is nothing toxic about graphite. ...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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Can you get lead poisoning from a pencil if your child accidently pricked himself?

Can you get lead poisoning from a pencil if your child accidently pricked himself?

No: The "lead" pencils do not have any lead in it, therefore no risk of poisoning. There's a risk of foreign body in ears or nose, so try to keep toddlers away from them anyway... ...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?

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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Getting pencil lead out of foot?

Getting pencil lead out of foot?

Lead foot: Hello, the process of removing the pencil lead is pretty simple. As long as it's not infected or painful, let it alone. It will work it's way out by itself. If it's giving you trouble, your family doctor may be able to probe the entry tract after you are numbed up and remove this foreign body in his/her office. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get pencil lead out of my heel?

What are some ways to get pencil lead out of my heel?

Depends: How deep is it. If not deep and sticking out then try to grab it with a tweeter and pull it out. If deep see a podiatrist for removal. ...Read more

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Can you get lead poisoning by getting stabbed with a pencil?

No: There is not enough lead in a pencil point to cause poisoning. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my child to chew on pencils? Lead poisoning risk?

Is it safe for my child to chew on pencils? Lead poisoning risk?

Yes: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. Unpainted pencils only a problem if baby bites off chunks and chokes on them. I don't believe that the paint on pencils is a problem if they are made in the us. I have reservations for any painted material coming out of china as they may have toxic material in the paint. ...Read more

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I was burning lead from a mechanical pencil and it started to smoke and I don't think I inhaled any smoke what should I do?

I was burning lead from a mechanical pencil and it started to smoke and I don't think I inhaled any smoke what should I do?

Nothing: Pencil lead is graphite - a form of carbon just like coal and burns easily. A small amount in a mechanical pencil cannot create enough carbon monoxide to cause any lasting damage. There is no lead in a lead pencil! You should have a carbon monoxide monitor in your home for safety's sake anyway, though. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 66 years old and have a tiny burning down there I can see my urethra and the hole is as big as pencil lead?

What to do if I'm 66 years old and have a tiny burning down there I can see my urethra and the hole is as big as pencil lead?

Urethra size: Does not have any bearing on the burning. You will need to be evaluated for the burning. This could mean infection. ...Read more

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Can you get lead poison from accidental stabbing yourself with a mechanical pencil? What actions should I take and what are signs of lead poison

Can you get lead poison from accidental stabbing yourself with a mechanical pencil? What actions should I take and what are signs of lead poison

Pencils: Pencils contain graphite, not lead. (not only is lead too dangerous and heavy to put inside a pencil, lead costs too much.) so you're not going to get lead poisoning not matter how many times you stab yourself with a pencil. (btw, you really shouldn't be doing that.)

that being said, I agree with the other doctor who answered this question to make sure the stab wound is treated properly. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects if a child swallows a thin piece of automatic pencil lead?

Are there any side effects if a child swallows a thin piece of automatic pencil lead?

Graphite: No. Pencil "lead" is really graphite and will pass through the GI system without adverse effect. ...Read more

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Is it safe to inhale the smoke from the burning lead of a non-mechanical pencil?

Is it safe to inhale the smoke from the burning lead of a non-mechanical pencil?

NO: Why is the WORLD would you want to do this...and if unintended probably no long term effects (Graphite (Pencils do not have lead) is not vaporized easily!

Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Pencil tip stuck in hand. Can I get lead poisoning from this?

No: The pencil tip is composed of graphite, a non toxic substance. You might get an infection if you don't care for the wound, but you cannot get lead poisoning. ...Read more

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What should I do if there is mechanical pencil lead in my foot? Will it give me lead poisoning?

What should I do if there is mechanical pencil lead in my foot? Will it give me lead poisoning?

No: Pencil "lead" is actually graphite, not really lead, so you will not get lead poisoning. If you have a solid piece in you foot then it should be removed (like a splinter). If you don't actually have a solid piece of graphite under the skin, but the the tiny remnants, then I would treat it the same as any other wound caused by a splinter. ...Read more

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What if a 15 year old girl swallowed a piece of lead from a mechanical pencil and gets stuck in her troat? Well she have to get surgary?

What if a 15 year old girl swallowed a piece of lead from a mechanical pencil and gets stuck in her troat? Well she have to get surgary?

Maybe: If she can drink some fluids, the action will pull it down into her stomach where it will eventually move through her system without problems. If she cannot drink any fluids, it is time to take her to the ER so they can set her up to have it removed from above using an endoscope. She would likely be put to sleep for the procedure but I don't consider it surgery.Nothing is cut. ...Read more

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Stabbed leg with a lead pencil trying to catch it in between my legs. It hurts to walk but I don't see/recall lead going in. If there is lead, am I ok?

Stabbed leg with a lead pencil trying to catch it in between my legs. It hurts to walk but I don't see/recall lead going in. If there is lead, am I ok?

No lead in pencils: There is graphite which is carbon. If there is lead, it is minuscule and you can call the manufacturer or poison control in your area. The point may be your skin and hurt and your doc can get it out under local anesthesia. ...Read more

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How to get mechanical pencil lead out of ear? How can you tell when there isn't anything in there anymore? I'm not going to go deaf in that ear, right?

Otoscopic exam: The best way to ensure there's nothing in your ear is to have a professional examine your ear canal with an otoscope. If you visit an otolaryngologist (ear, nose & throat doctor) s/he is also likely to have the tools necessary to remove any foreign bodies that may remain in your ear. When you call to make the appointment, be sure the person you will see can remove any remaining fragments. ...Read more