Signs of Lip Piercing Infections and How to Get Rid of the Infection

Lip piercing is practiced since ancient times in some communities as a tradition. However lip piercing and other body piercings has become a fashion in recent times. Body piercing is symbol of attraction according to some people but it has its own pros and cons. Most of the time people who have undergone body piercing and to be precise lip piercing has suffered from some kind of infection.

Even though the infection is easy to treat, it takes long time to heal if the infection is severe. At times a person has to remove the jewelry and the piercing has to be closed.

The infection is always accompanied with inflammation and pain and among body piercings; lip piercing is more prone to infection due to its proximity to the mouth which has many bacteria retained due to improper oral hygiene. Lip piercing infection is one of the complications of lip piercing. It can spread to other parts such as the teeth and the gums if not treated immediately.  The lip piercing can be infected by bacteria and viruses; therefore in the first place a person should take all the precautions to prevent lip infection while piercing.

Most of the times, lip infection is caused when unsterilized tools are used to pierce the lips.

There are many Signs and Symptoms of Lip Piercing Infection:

  • Pain at the site of piercing, which increases. There is throbbing pain which lasts for more than two days.
  • The lip gets swollen and red.
  • There is redness and inflammation at the site of piercing.
  • The site of piercing becomes irritated, it starts to itch and burn.
  • After a day or two, there may be fever.
  • Discharge from the site of piercing. The discharge can be foul and filed with pus.
  • Neck lymph nodes get swollen.
  • Eating and chewing becomes difficult.

If a person suffers any or all of the above symptoms after lip piercing, he should immediately consult his or her physician, so that the infection can be prevented from spreading to other parts.

How to get rid of a lip piercing infection?

  • Once you find that the infection has set in, do not try to squeeze the discharge from the infected site.
  • Do not try to remove the jewellery, as there are chances of developing an abscess. This will further delay the process of healing.
  • Mix sea salt in a cup of warm water and rinse your mouth with the solution at least three to four times in a day. Especially rinse and gargle the solution after every meal.
  • The sea salt solution will also help to remove the crusts and other debris that has developed around the pierced area.
  • You can also use an antibacterial mouth wash.
  • If there is swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, you need to be careful and immediately seek the physician’s advice.
  • Use gentle tooth brush and take precautions that a food particle does not lodge inside the piercing area.
  • Stop drinking alcohol and quit smoking as they prevent fast healing process.
  • Yogurt helps a lot as it contains good bacterial flora. Eat it regularly twice in a day.
  • For first few days you can chew or suck crushed ice as it helps to reduce inflammation and pain.

17 thoughts on “Signs of Lip Piercing Infections and How to Get Rid of the Infection

  • April 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm
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    I did lip piercing two days ago. But after that I am getting pain in my neck. What should I do? Should I take out the ornament and forget about piercing?

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    • April 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm
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      I am sure you may have done your homework on the consequences of lip piercing before going for the procedure. Some discomfort is going to be there for the first few days. In any case you should go to the doctor and check it out to know whether any infective pathology or an allergy is the cause for your problem. After examining, your doctor will be able to tell you whether to keep or take out the ornament.

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  • April 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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    I got my lip pierced 3 weeks ago. Now there is a bump on the inner side of my lip. Together, there is mild discharge. The condition is not painful. I use salt water gargling 3 times in a day. I also use Listerine. Is this an infection? I had similar type of problem when I had pierced my ears. Ultimately I had to take it out.

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    • April 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm
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      You are following the right procedure of salt water gargling. A slight swelling and discharge may be present many times in the initial stage. However, if the discharge is pus like yellow or if there is pain and redness at the piercing site than it is an indication of infection. When in doubt, it is always better to consult your doctor as he may be able to examine the wound in a better way.

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  • June 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm
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    Two weeks ago I did lip piercing. There is slight pain on the right side of piercing. Also a bump in that place has erupted. Is it normal or is that a sign of infection.

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    • June 18, 2012 at 5:47 am
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      At this stage it may be only a sign of slight inflammation. But, then too, you have to watch it for infection and take immediate steps to prevent it. As advised above, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. It helps in preventing infection as salt has mild antibacterial properties. Also you can apply ice fomentation to reduce inflammation and the size of bump. You can also do antibacterial mouthwash.

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  • July 4, 2013 at 8:58 am
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    I have pierced my lip. Recently I noticed a small bump on the outside of my lip. It does not pain but it is has turned white around the bump. I do not have fever either. Is this a sign of infection?

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  • August 9, 2013 at 6:41 am
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    I have recently got my lip pierced. I noticed a small bump around my lip. It does not pain but the skin has turned white around the bump. I do not have fever. Is this a sign of infection?

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    • August 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm
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      Often a bump may arise after lip piercing. However, it is not always due to infection. Many times it is an inflammatory response to an injury. The inflammation may gradually become less after a period of time. However few home care techniques may be useful. Do warm compresses over the area. Keep the area clean. Rinse your mouth at night with an antiseptic mouth wash. Avoid touching the pierced area with your hands as the germs may set in the area and lead to infection. If there is swelling and redness together with pain consult your doctor.

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  • September 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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    I got my lip pierced one week ago. My lips turned red after piercing. It is sore now. I have cleaned the piercing with salt water solution. There is pus oozing from the piercing. How can I treat this soreness?

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    • September 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm
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      Apply salt water regularly to clean the piercing site. Salt is mild antibacterial and this may help. Antibiotics may be necessary if pus oozes out continuously as it is a sign of infection.

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  • October 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm
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    I got my lip pierced a month ago. And today it has come up with a big red lump on the inner side of my lip. It is sore to push down on and when I eat I notice it is a little sore. I think this is an infection. How do I get rid of it quickly without taking my piercing out?

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    • October 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm
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      Best way to cool down the infection is to do salt water gargling three to four times in a day. Salt has healing properties because it is a mild antibacterial agent. Another option is to use antibacterial mouth wash. While brushing do it in a gentle way without hurting the affected area. Yogurt helps to fight bacteria. Eat yogurt and also apply it over the site. Do not touch the affected area with your fingers. Rinse your mouth with water every time you eat. If you do not find relief in few days, consult your physician.

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  • October 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm
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    I have a white bump in my mouth after piercing. It also looks yellow. Is it a sign of infection?

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    • October 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm
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      Usually there is mild inflammation around the pierced site. It reduces in few days or weeks. The white bump that you experience may be due to mild inflammation. Is pus oozing out from the site? If it is so, the possibility of infection increases. Is there associated pain and redness around the area? The best tip is not to touch your fingers too often at the pierced site. Wash the area with warm water once in a day. Keep the area clean and dry. Do not remove the studs or pierced ornament. Wash your oral cavity with an antiseptic mouthwash. Brush your teeth gently so that you may not hurt the exposed site. If pain persists consult your doctor.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 2:24 am
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    I got my lip pierced 5 days ago it doesn’t hurt. But there is redness around the piercing. How can I prevent it from getting worse?

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    • February 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm
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      Mild amount of redness and inflammation is common after piercing. You can suck few ice cubes to alleviate pain and redness. Use salt water as a mouth wash. Mix a pinch of salt in one glass of water. Mouth washes and gargles with this water two to three times in a day will be beneficial. It will help in preventing bacterial infection as salt has mild anti bacterial properties. Maintain person hygiene to prevent infection.

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