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Is Pencil Lead Poisonous
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
My dtr pulled a core that was mostly white just over 2 cm long and twice as thick as a pencil lead from my back. There was no pain, no inflamtion,?
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
Might try: Soaking in warm epsom salts.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. Read more
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
My daughter stabbed herself with a pencil there is a black mark under her skin but no piece of lead, should I be worried?
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 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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