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signs of infected tongue piercing

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Beck
10 years experience Dentistry
Antibiotic: Take the ring out. Go get an antibiotic from your doctor and never get a tongue ring again.
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
37 years experience Dentistry
Visit your dentist: You should visit your dentist, oral surgeon or physician. They will diagnose the condition and most likely prescribe oral antibiotics which should re ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run la ... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
When was it done?: Tongue piercing comes w continued pain as well as swelling, tenderness, bleeding ; bruising for around 5 days. If the swelling makes it difficult to b ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Go to ER/urgent care: if you think your tongue piercing is infected, don't just take left-over antibiotics. Instead seek immediate medical evaluation at urgent care or emer ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
31 years experience Dentistry
Of course: If she is contagious, a fresh wound in the tongue is the perfect portal for admittance of an infectious agent--but then again, so is the gingiva. Of c ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Emrich
41 years experience Dentistry
No but...: I recomend to remove the piercing because research tells us one out of three will have a serious fracture of a tooth resulting in a lost tooth or wors ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Saunders
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Piercing: Any piercing runs the risk of infection, excessive bleeding and of course pain. A trusted health inspected and approved facility is essential to ensur ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Tongue Piercing: Tongue piercing comes w continued pain as well as swelling, tenderness, bleeding & bruising for around 5 days. If the swelling makes it difficult ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Piercing: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or ask ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Slootsky
Specializes in Dentistry
Pain now or later?: I would not do it. I have seen many patients lose teeth, crack teeth, or loosen teeth later on. Of course, there could be an infection when the ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience Dentistry
Seek medical help: They will probably want the ornament removed. You may need antibiotics, . You will need to keep the area clean, possibly rinse with colgate peroxyl. ... Read More
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