Top
30
Doctor insights on: Lead Pencil Poisoning

Share
1

1
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

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
259 Doctors shared insights

Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze. . . are all ...Read more


2

2
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

3

3
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

5

5
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

6

6
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

7

7
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

8

8
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

9

9
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

10

10
My baby put the end of a carpenter pencil in her mouth will she get lead poisoning?

My baby put the end of a carpenter pencil in her mouth will she get lead poisoning?

Unlikely: If she only put it in her mouth briefly and did not eat the pencil lead and has not done this before on several occasions it is unlikely that she will have lead poisoning from this one time. But if you are concerned and unsure about how much past exposure she may have had she can have a blood test for lead level by her doctor. ...Read more

11

11
What to do if I got a piece of pencil thing in my eye when my pencil snapped, can I get lead poisoning?

No: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. It has no potential to cause lead poisoning. Your primary risk would be infection from the wound. ...Read more

12

12
How do you get lead poisoning?

Many possibilities.: Lead was used as an additive to paints used in home building years ago & the inhalation of paint dust during renovations, or kids chewing on cribs painted with lead paint provided some. Exposure to clothes of someone working in around lead (battery reclamation) or that from lead paint on decorative dishes were also common. Removal of lead from many of these products has reduced public risk. ...Read more

13

13
How can you get lead poisoning?

Lead in environment: Sources of lead include old paint (babies chewing on windowsills); soil near a highway; pottery with lead based glaze (usually imported); and some toys have been found to have lead based paint (again- imported. Lead based paint is no longer used in the US. ...Read more

14

14
How can I treat lead poisoning?

Not a matter for: Self treatment. Lead poisoning may require chelation therapy, please consult your doctor. For more information on prevention, symptoms etc see this site.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002473.htm. ...Read more

15

15
How should you treat lead poisoning?

How should you treat lead poisoning?

See a specialist: The first thing to do is to make sure that you find the source of the lead so that you can stop the exposure. Next you need to see a doctor that knows how to treat this kind of condition. It may just take watchful waiting or you may need to go through a treatment called chelation. ...Read more

16

16
What to do if I have lead poisoning?

M.D. visit: Lead is an environmental toxin and measurements of high levels in the bloodstream require treatment. Avoiding the source of lead, having your home and water supply inspected for possibly sources may be completed by the health department.
Please check with your doctor for treatment recommendations based on the level in your bloodstream. I hope this helps. ...Read more

17

17
Are the symptoms of lead poisoning bad?

Are the symptoms of lead poisoning bad?

Yes: Lead poisoning in adults commonly causes headache, memory loss, anemia, and defects in the nervous system that can lead to muscle weakness. High enough levels of lead may even be lethal. Lead poisoning can be diagnosed and treated by a physician. ...Read more

18

18
How to know if you have lead poisoning?

Blood test: Lead poisoning has a very long list of possible symptoms and can be confused with other illnesses. If you have had a history of chronic lead exposure, or are concerned, just have a simple blood test done. ...Read more

19

19
How can I get tested for lead poisoning?

How can I get tested for lead poisoning?

Blood tests: Blood lead levels are available through many labs. Xrays of the long bones may may reveal past lead exposure with characteristic lead lines. ...Read more

20

20
What are usual symptoms of lead poisoning?

Sometimes none: Kids don't always have symptoms. This is why we screen kids for lead. Symptoms can be vague like not growing or developing as much, irritable, lethargic, stomach pain/diarrhea/vomiting. Adults can also have vague symptoms like: fatigue, forgetful, numbness/tingling, anemia, kidney problems, digestion problems [belly pain/nausea/vomiting/diarrhea]. ...Read more

21

21
How could I tell if I have lead poisoning?

Blood level: Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and mental changes. A complete blood count will show anemia. A blood level will determine if there is a poisoning which can be treated by chelation therapy which over time will bind up the lead. Lead poisoning is the most common heavy metal toxin. It can come from ingestion of lead paint, water from lead pipes and leaded gasoline. ...Read more

22

22
Should I be concerned about lead poisoning?

Hard to say: If you work in an industry that recycles lead acid batteries, or have similar lead exposure, it may be an issue. Most passive lead exposure in the average life is insignificant. Simple blood tests can yield evidence of lead exposure. The newest guidelines for lead exposure trigger investigations at very low levels, while symptomatic lead toxicity is uncommon ...Read more

23

23
Who is at typically risk for lead poisoning?

Old pAint/Ocupation: In the us, the major risk to children is from lead-based paints and soil and dust contaminated with lead-based paint. Also lead jewelry, toys, and other lead items. For adults, the primary source of lead exposure is occupational (such as scraping off old lead paint, smelters, battery manufacturing, and radiator repair) rather than ingestion, Ayurvedic home remedies contamination. ...Read more

24

24
Can I die from lead poisoning if I ignore it?

Can I die from lead poisoning if I ignore it?

Progressive disorder: Lead accumulates in tissues like nerve cells, bone etc. It interferes with the metabolic pathways of the body in a gradual and progressive way. At very low levels it may do nothing but if you have increased levels, the source needs to be identified & stopped before you acquire enough to develope brain toxicity, damage or death. Lead can be removed but rx should include eliminating the source. ...Read more

25

25
What happens after lead poisoning is treated?

It depends.: This depends on how much exposure to lead there was. Damage/effects to kidneys and blood are reversible, but effects on the central nervous system are not. If a person has lead encephalopathy when chelation therapy is started, permanent brain damage, like cerebral palsey is a frequent consequence. Cancer, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, psychiatric effects, and shorter life span also occur. ...Read more

26

26
Why is lead poisoning considered so dangerous?

Why is lead poisoning considered so dangerous?

Plumbism: Lead is a toxin that has several effects. It can cause brain swelling, brain damage and retardation, damage to peripheral nerves, alterations in consciousness, disorders of attention and learning, at very high levels it can cause death. ...Read more

27

27
What are the first symptoms of lead poisoning?

What are the first symptoms of lead poisoning?

Constitutional: Symptoms are really variable, but include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, constipation, anemia, kidney failure, irritability, lethargy, learning disabilities (slow to talk), and behavioral problems (the latter usually in children). ...Read more

28

28
How exactly is lead poisoning first discovered?

How exactly is lead poisoning first discovered?

Blood test: Elevated lead levels can be detected by a blood test. As a pediatrician, I normally check at risk children at 9 months (when they start crawling) and at 2 years of age; this is done at their check-ups. Lead poisoning can lead to severe neurological problems, so if you suspect a problem, check with your doctor asap. ...Read more

29

29
Can soldering around lead cause lead poisoning?

No unless done often: Soldering is where solder is melted by a hot iron and allowed to cool, thus joining 2 pieces of metal, etc. If this is done rarely, like once in a while, it likely won't cause any side effects, even with lead, but if done often, it might cause lead poisoning as the process might cause some of the lead to be melted, if hot enough. Still, lead has a very high melting point, so it must be very hot. ...Read more

30

30
What is lead poisoning in children link to soil?

Flaking lead paint: Soil around old houses contains flakes of house paints that used to contain lead. Children get lead poisoning by eating dirt/soil contaminated with lead. ...Read more