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Doctor insights on: Is Pencil Lead Poisonous

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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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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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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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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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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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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