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I have an infected lip piercing. I have seen a doctor but most don't know what to do and this is my third round of antiobiotics. It's an abscess.

I have an infected lip piercing. I have seen a doctor but most don't know what to do and this is my third round of antiobiotics. It's an abscess.

Localized infection: I don't know if the metal object is still present, but I would strongly advise removing it. Infections are often hard to clear if there is a 'foreign body'. That foreign thing allows bacteria to swarm all over it as a biofilm, and as a result is almost impossible to heal. Antibiotics should have cleared it up-so it must still be present? Too much antibiotic can have side-effects -see an ID doc. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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How do you know if your lip piercing is infected?

How do you know if your lip piercing is infected?

Piercing infection: If the site is red, swollen, hot to touch or pus with yellowish discharge and you start having fever. Thanks. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an infected lip piercing?

What are the symptoms of an infected lip piercing?

Piercing: Infections are characterized by redness, swelling and pus. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can cure a infected lip piercing?

Can I tell me how I can cure a infected lip piercing?

Have it evaluated.: Cultures may be needed for proper antibiotic selection. Have it looked at by your physician. ...Read more

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I have gotten a lip piercing 3 weeks ago, is it infected?

I have gotten a lip piercing 3 weeks ago, is it infected?

Not enough info to: Know if it is infected. Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Seek medical evaluation if you believe it might be infected. Take care. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to do if your lip piercing gets caught on a pillow?

That is a BIG: Problem with lip piercings. It can hurt too. Make sure that you are changing the pillow case regularly. Clean linens are important to avoid developing an infection. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have a skin disorder can you get a lip piercing?

Piercing: Any active or history of viral (fever blisters) or bacterial infections (impetigo) for example could lead to problems such as scarring when a piercing takes place. ...Read more

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Red ring around lip piercing along with this sticky substance, what could it be?

Poss. Infection: Redness can be an indication of infection. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Why would it be that my lip piercing still is hurting after 6 days of getting it pierced?

Why would it be that my lip piercing still is hurting after 6 days of getting it pierced?

Piercing pain: Any redness, swelling, heat, pus, red streaking or fever? Don't have enough information to advise if you have an infection or not. If you have the afore mentioned symptoms please seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you get gain green from a lip piercing?

Gangrene?: Very unlikely. But I would not want one and predict that you will tire of it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a lip piercing to heal?

Healing Time: Lip piercing generally takes 6-10 weeks to heal (sometimes shorter). ...Read more

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How long does it take for your top lip piercing to heal?

Depends: It may never heal. The upper lip was never intended to be "pierced". Putting a foreign object through a part of your body that should not have a foreign object in it is not a great idea. Infection can easily occur and a chronically infected piercing will never heal. In an ideal situation wounds heal within a week or two. ...Read more

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If your lip gets a little black after you take your lip piercing out is that bad? What to put on it?

If your lip gets a little black after you take your lip piercing out is that bad? What to put on it?

Is this a brand: New piercing or one you have had for a while? If could be a reaction to the metal of the jewelry that is being used. However, if red, hot, tender, exuding pus, streaking etc - get medical eval. ...Read more

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How can I treat a lip piercing infection?

How can I treat a lip piercing infection?

Have it evaluated.: Cultures may be needed for proper antibiotic selection. Have it looked at by your physician. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can treat a lip piercing infection?

Have it evaluated.: Cultures may be needed for proper antibiotic selection. Have it looked at by your physician. ...Read more

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How do you clean a lip piercing besides nonalcoholic mouthwash?

How do you clean a lip piercing besides nonalcoholic mouthwash?

Take It Out: Removing the piercing is the only true way to clean the area. Since that's probably not an option, you're on the right track with non-alcoholic mouthwash. Diluted peroxide works pretty well too, if you can handle the taste. Jast as important as cleanliness is not playing with the piercing. Chewing on it, or having it clank against your teeth will cause damage over time. Broken teeth are common. ...Read more

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What's a fast way to take care of hypertrophic scarring on a lip piercing?

CO2 laser, steroids: A paper just came out showing good results with hypertrophic scarring treated with serial co2 laser followed immediately with kenalog (triamcinolone) rubbed into the wound. ...Read more

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If a scar forms on inside of your lip due to a lip piercing is there something I can do at home to make it smaller?

If a scar forms on inside of your lip due to a lip piercing is there something I can do at home to make it smaller?

Scar: If the scar is a raised thick scar, then it most likely represents a hypertrophic scar or a keloid which will require treatment from a medical professional. Treatment options include topical steroids, intralesional injections, laser and possibly even excision with pre and post intralesional injections of steroids. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the consequences of lip piercing infection?

Doctors, what are the consequences of lip piercing infection?

Multiple: Infection
Harming a blood vesicle
altered speech
creating a fistula, a tiny tunnel going from inside the mouth to the outside
difficulty in job seeking ...Read more

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Is dipping lip piercing in hydrogen peroxide safe?

Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide can be be used on your lips.
Swallowing dilute (3%) hydrogen peroxide, however, has been reported to cause the following problems:
nausea and vomiting,
burns in the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach,
bleeding in the stomach,
inflammation of the intestines,
stomach ulcer,
rupture of the colon. ...Read more

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Is redness on the gum inside a lip piercing normal?

Unfortunately: Barbells can chip or fracture front teeth. Gums can be damaged by the rubbing of barbells requiring periodontal surgery. If the barbell becomes unscrewed it could be aspirated into the lungs. Infections can be quite severe & eventually lead to disfigurement. This is likely not normal -please have your dentist evaluate your gum. ...Read more

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Can you get a lip piercing if you have a metal allergy?

Can you get a lip piercing if you have a metal allergy?

Yes: Get pierced with a needle made with something other than the metal to which you are allergic, and always wear a ring/stud that you can tolerate. The most common metal allergy I see is nickel, and there are many other options available. Now if you are allergic to surgical stainless steel you might have a bit more difficulty finding something you can use. ...Read more

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It's okay to use antibiotic cream on lip piercing right?

It's okay to use antibiotic cream on lip piercing right?

Yes: Remember this is only topical and if the piercing is getting infected the ointment will not be sufficient. If you believe it is infected see a doctor ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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