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Lead (Graphite) From a Pencil

Pencil lead (graphite) can cause a puncture wound. Pencil lead is not lead but graphite (carbon), which is less worrisome. It is not necessary to check blood levels for lead or worry about lead toxicity or poisoning if pencil lead has caused a puncture wound.

Pencil lead that is in a fleshy area, such as the buttocks, may be left in place. Pencil lead in the hand may need to be removed by a health professional. Evaluation by a health professional is recommended anytime there is an object in a wound.

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Understanding Sprains and Strains -- Symptoms

Sprains affect your joints. Strains affect your muscles. Both usually occur after a fall or sudden movement that violently pulls or twists a part of your body. Chronic overuse of muscles or joints can also cause strains and sprains. Symptoms of a sprain: Pain in the affected joint Rapid swelling of a joint, often accompanied by bruising Stiffness and difficulty moving a joint  Increase in skin temperature near the swelling, and redness of the skin Symptoms of a str...

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Last Revised June 10, 2010

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Last Updated: June 10, 2010
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