Dealing with an Injury to your Lip

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It’s not uncommon for a fall or a blow to the face injure your lip or cause you to bite down on it hard. If the injury is severe you should consider calling 911 or going directly to the emergency room. If the injury is moderate, but you would like advice on how to properly manage it you can call us at 503-649-7011 for advice.

A warm, wet washcloth can be used to gently wipe away blood from your lip and chin to help determine the severity of the injury. You can also use a lukewarm salt water rinse to clear any debris or blood from your mouth.

Since there is a lot of blood flow and soft tissues in the lip, it’s not uncommon for there to be a little swelling. Even if the lip doesn’t swell immediately you might still want to hold a cold compress to it for 15 minutes as a preventative measure. A cold compress can be quickly made by placing ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If bleeding persists, you lightly press sterile gauze to the wound for 15 to 20 minutes. If after that the bleeding doesn’t stop or the wound opens again, you should strongly consider going to the emergency room. This usually means the wound will require further treatment and possibly stitches.

If you have questions about the best way to handle the issue or would like to schedule an appointment should call us at 503-649-7011.