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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,?
OK: Did you ask him what it was? Since he took it out and saw it, that is who I would ask what it was. ...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
Might try: Soaking in warm epsom salts.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
No: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. ...Read more
Graphite: The "lead " in pencils is not lead, the metal. It is graphite. There is nothing toxic about 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
No: There is not enough lead in a pencil point to cause poisoning. ...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 more
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
My friend stuck pencil lead uo ear and can not get it out it has been there for 2 years what do we do to get it out?
This would be: Appropriately evaluated by an Ear/Nose/Throat specialist (Otolaryngologist) ...Read more
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
Daughter has spots on her hands, they are pinpoint-#2 pencil lead in diameter. They are flesh color & flat on top. What is this? More than a year now
More info needed: Are they painful? Do they itch? Do they come and go? Does she have other symptoms? ...Read more
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
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
In elementary school got jabbed with pen or pencil in elbow. Mark still there. Now 35 and pregnant. Could lead be issue?
No: No. Nothing to worry about. If it bothers you, it can be removed though. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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