Question by  zubiaur (18)

What happens when you get pencil lead in your finger?

Am I in danger of getting lead poisoning?


Answer by  catman529 (809)

Pencil leads don't contain any lead, so you won't get lead poisoning. You might get a little graphite in your flesh, but that won't hurt. If you punctured your skin with the pencil, then the main thing is to clean the wound with soap and water.


Answer by  AJ (112)

There is no lead in "pencil lead. " It is all graphite, which should be harmless if you get some on/in you.


Answer by  Anonymous

pencils are not made of lead. they are actually made up of graphite. even if it does frighten you, you can remove it using a needle and a pair of tweezers or put your finger in hot water. your skin will expand and the piece will fall off.


Answer by  tc25dreamer (180)

No. It is harmless. Pencil Lead isn't actually "lead". It's graphite. So, it might just leave a mark. It won't hurt. Just clean it up and it will heal soon.


Answer by  mooman2679 (1018)

Nothing will happen, you can just remove it. Pencil "Lead" is not actually lead, it's graphite. It will not poison you, it may just leave a black mark.


Answer by  maber (1427)

NO, pencils aren't made with lead anymore for this reason. They are made with graphite. it is not poisoinous and as long as you don't (and shouldn't) have any kind of reaction, you'll just be sore for a few days and then it will heal on it's own.


Answer by  Anonymous

I was stabbed with a pencil as a child (early 1990s), it got infected, and I ended up on meds. So, it can get infected, people. Personal experience tells me that. Make sure it is cleaned well, check it everyday, and make sure there's no reaction to it!

You have 50 words left!