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A 19-year-old female asked:

i pulled skin off my bottom lip with my teeth for about 30 minutes and now it red and whitish, i've been putting cold water on it, is it infected?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
No, "pruned": It is reacting to the moisture and air. It is normal...but don't bite your lip--it will hurt and bleed!
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: At this point it is not infected , just peeled raw. Leave it alone and do not pick at it or peel it, The lips usually heal quickly.If it looks worse see your doctor.

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Last updated Jul 6, 2014

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