Small Question (in Off-topic)
A few months ago i accidently poked my finger with a pencil and i got some led in my finger. Now i thought i got it all out but theres a small grey spot i can see on my finger. I guess there is some lead in there still from the pencil.
Can i get like really sick from this? Or do i have to like cut my finger open a little and get it out?
December 26 2007 8:44 PM EST
No you should not get sick from it.
But... It can cause a reaction in the finger, perhaps leading to an infection or auto-immune reaction. I would see your doctor and see what he says. It may be a simple procedure using a local anesthetic to get that piece out.
I wouldn't worry about it too much. "Pencil lead," as it is called, is actually graphite. Unless your pencil dates from before the Great Depression (or whenever it was that they figured out lead was toxic), or comes from China, all you have under your skin is somewhat compressed carbon.
Oh i see. Thanks for the help guys. I've been feeling fine so far, i was just afraid that it would hurt me later down the road.
Thanks again! ^___^
December 27 2007 12:34 AM EST
woa crazy. this happened to me over 12 years ago or more maybe; there is still a mark and i've always wondered if its still lead or just a mark.
but i can see this grey spot under the skin. if i poke it, i dont think i feel any bumps so i've left it alone.
December 27 2007 1:55 AM EST
In college I dropped my pencil underneath my chair when I was sitting at my desk, and I was too lazy to pick it up. I forgot about it after a little while, and I was sitting with my legs underneath the chair crossed at my feet. I decided to get up quickly, slid my feet forward and the tip of the pencil went in at the base of one of my toe nails. You'll be alright, I think.
lol wow. so i guess this is more common then i thought lol.
December 27 2007 11:25 AM EST
Yep, about 20 years ago someone stabbed a pencil into my leg and the tip broke off. I still have a grey mark under the skin. Only tattoo I'm ever getting.
I appear to still be alive . o O ( Mmmm ... brains ) so I'm sure you'll be fine :)
December 27 2007 1:18 PM EST
hurry, we can create a club for thing like this. I have a gray mark left in my arm that I got five years ago when someone stabbed me with a pencil :-P
December 27 2007 1:41 PM EST
Graphite and lead are completely different.
Pencils were replaced with graphite isntead of lead after they realized that lead was potentially poisonous, so you're safe :)
December 27 2007 1:43 PM EST
Also graphite in pencils is inert, meaning your finger shouldn't even react from it.
Though it can trigger a reaction as if there was just a normal wood splinter, as in the finger trying to push it out.
December 27 2007 2:08 PM EST
Cut the finger off and be done with it, you've got plenty to spare.
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