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Are there alternative therapies for puncture wound of the lip?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ram Kalus
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends.

Most puncture wounds to the lip will generally heal on their own unless there is a significant tear or laceration that requires suturing.
The only "alternative" to suturing is allowing healing to take place similar to a scab if one were to fall and scrape one's knee. It is important to make sure that tetanus is up to date and to look out for signs of infection: redness, swelling and/or pain.

In brief: Depends.

Most puncture wounds to the lip will generally heal on their own unless there is a significant tear or laceration that requires suturing.
The only "alternative" to suturing is allowing healing to take place similar to a scab if one were to fall and scrape one's knee. It is important to make sure that tetanus is up to date and to look out for signs of infection: redness, swelling and/or pain.
Dr. Ram Kalus
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Only If minimal

Alternative therapies may be reasonable in the face of minor trauma.

In brief: Only If minimal

Alternative therapies may be reasonable in the face of minor trauma.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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1 comment
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
puncture wounds can bury bacteria at the base of the puncture & lead to infection if not properly attended to. tetanus up to date?
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

A puncture wound of the lip needs to be cleansed thoroughly.
Some sort of antibacterial whether it be mouthwash, betadine, or simple soap and water is important. The blood supply of the lip is extraordinary and infection is very infrequently seen. Cosmetic wounds that involve the lip should be considered for suture closure.

In brief: No

A puncture wound of the lip needs to be cleansed thoroughly.
Some sort of antibacterial whether it be mouthwash, betadine, or simple soap and water is important. The blood supply of the lip is extraordinary and infection is very infrequently seen. Cosmetic wounds that involve the lip should be considered for suture closure.
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Dr. Richard Zienowicz
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends entirely

On what caused the puncture!

In brief: Depends entirely

On what caused the puncture!
Dr. Todd Sisto
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