When a patient first has an oral piercing, it is important to pay attention to the site and keep it clean to avoid possible infection. The introduction of bacteria can happen simply by eating or drinking or certain sexual activities.
Following a new piercing, there may be a time period where the site has redness or minor swelling. Throbbing, a warming sensation around the site or even discharge is also to be expected in some cases. Although this is considered normal. If these symptoms persist beyond the first two weeks you may have an infection and should seek advice from a trained professional to clear the infection. If this goes on untreated, it can turn into a serious blood infection known as sepsis. If there is excessive swelling, heightened sensitivity, severe pain, a fever or a yellowish discharge, these may be signs of an infection.
How to Decrease my Chances for Infection
There are several simple steps patients can take to greatly decrease their chances of contracting an infection. One of the easiest is to simply watch what they eat or drink while the piercing site is healing. Think about it. A piercing is a wound. Do not eat any foods that might get caught in the site. Avoid spicy foods and limit coffee and alcohol intake as they act as a blood thinner and can harm the cell structure surrounding the piercing site further slowing the healing process and complicating the site.
Patients should wash their hands several times a day and avoid touching their face or mouth. They should also avoid sharing food or drinks and kissing. Continue proper dental care by flossing and brushing regularly to keep bacteria from entering the piercing site.
Proper cleaning of the piercing site should happen two to three times a day and over-the-counter pain relievers and creams should be avoided. We are available to answer questions regarding oral piercings.
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