Is my lip piercing infected? How do I tell or what signs should I look for? And in case I actually have an infection, how do I clean, heal, treat or get rid of it quickly?
Body piercings are becoming very popular nowadays. They are fashionable and trendy. However, many people end up with infections which if ignored, could have serious consequences that might include scarring, swellings, pain among others.
Due to its close proximity to your mouth, this type of a piercing is much more prone to infections especially for people who do not keep good oral hygiene.
Furthermore, if you ignore it, the infection can easily spread to other parts of the mouth including gums and teeth. This, therefore, calls for immediate treatment of any signs of infections, irrespective of how small it might appear to be.
The common causes are viruses, bacteria and other germ causing micro-organisms which are commonly found in your mouth if you do not keep proper oral hygiene. You could have an infection inside your mouth or from the outside part. Some of the common causes include the following:
Among the common signs and symptoms to watch out for include the following:
These are not the only signs to watch for. Any abnormality, pain or aching that lasts for over two days should not be ignored. You will notice them as you yawn, laugh or stretch your lips. It is advisable to visit your physician for inspection and diagnosis of the infection.
Although treating an infected lip piercing is easy, it can take a long time to get healed completely. Being near your mouth, it is certain that this is one area you do not want to be infected since it might make eating cumbersome depending its location on your lip. So how do you treat it or what are some of the good treatment?
A. Use of medication
Once you notice your piercing has an infection, you might want to go for medications which will be mainly over the counter (OTC) antibiotics and pain relievers.
1. Pain relievers
To help reduce the symptoms such as aching and throbbing pain, it is advisable to go for over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen.
2. Use of antibiotic
The decision to opt for antibiotics will be informed by the cause of the infection i.e. if the cause bacteria. The actually antibiotic choice will depend on what works well for you since there are so many types of antibiotics to use. Get a prescription before you use any antibiotics.
B. Home remedies for lip piercing infection
Besides using medication, you could opt for various home remedies to help heal your piercing quickly. There are many at home remedies and we are going to mention just a few common and effective ones which include:
Since it has the good bacteria that will “help balance the natural flora in your mouth [home-remedies-for-you.com], it is advisable to take a cup of yogurt twice daily.
2. Sea Salt
Prepare a sea salt solution and gargle it in your mouth for about 4 times a day. You could also soak your lips the same sea salt solution. However, the solution should not be so strong because it can cause lip dryness (2-3 teaspoons of sea salt in about a half a cup of water should be fine). Alternative, buy a saline solution.
3. Alcohol-free mouthwashes
If you do not want to prepare a sea salt solution, going for alcohol-free mouthwashes will serve the same purpose.
4. Warm compressions
Dab the area around your pierced site with a clean warm pierce of cloth. To do this, you need to dip the piece of cloth in hot water, get rid of excess water before dabbing the affected part for a few minutes, twice each day.
As soon as you notice you have an infection, there are things you are not supposed to do if you are to get healed fast.
Note: At times, removing the jewelry might be advised by a doctor depending on the nature and extent of your infection. Ensure you first see a specialist before you make such a decision.
We have seen the various ways to heal the infection. It is worthwhile to mention something small on how to clean it so as to avoid further spread of the infection and make its healing much faster. So how do you clean it?
Note: Some of these ways of caring for an infected one can still be important for people caring for a fresh piercing.
When to see a doctor
If there is not improved after trying all we have discussed in this article, you need to see a doctor for further treatment. Do not ignore it.