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What can I do to get rid of pain and swelling after getting a lip piercing

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Is there infection?: Immediately after a piercing, ice is your best bet to reduce swelling. Apply for 10-20 minutes every hour. Sleep with your head elevated. Avoid tob... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Pain S/P Piercing: You received excellent advice from dr. Arnold. An additional option is auricular acupuncture with asp needles - very effective. But if you have any si... Read More

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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Swelling: Never pop a pimple. Swelling of the lip is of concern for spreading infection as I'm hard pressed to otherwise explain the swelling. I recommend that ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Time?: It will take time to go down. But in the mean time, ice may help
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Not Normal: You may be having an infection from a tooth and need to see a dentist.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Some physician : Recommend ice application. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european stud... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Depends on : Cause. Can you be more specific? If it is viral then time/antiviral drug. If it is trauma generally time with treatment of symptoms by otc drugs. If i... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Discuss with Dr.: Best to discuss with your treating dr. And let them know you do not see a major difference after the procedure. Many plastic surgeons take before and... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Part of healing: Too late now to ice the traumatized area. Try warm compresses. Take 1 advil (ibuprofen) every 4 hrs w food/liquids to help bring down swelling. Kee... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Impossible: Meds and ointments can speed healing but cannot do the impossible.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Nicora
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Angioedema: Could be angioedema. ?C1esterase deficiency. See an immunologist or your primary care dr to evaluate.

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