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Lip Piercing 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
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
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
Possible infection: Have it evaluated by your doctor as you may need antibiotics. ...Read more
Poss. Infection: Redness can be an indication of infection. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
A painful piercing: Is infected until proven otherwiseGet a more detailed answer ›
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
If your lip gets a little black after you take your lip piercing out is that bad? What to put on it?
I'm worried because my lip piercing hurts and I've been having it for 2 years already, what do you suggest?
Could be infection: Go see a doctor to determine if it is infected. ...Read more
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
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
What should I do if I have a lip piercing (labret) stuck inside of my tongue and its currently unremovable, please help.?
Call dentist: Call your dentist to have him evaluate this and determine what to do. ...Read more
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,
rupture of the colon. ...Read more
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
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
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