How to Treat Tongue Piercing Infection

Have your tongue been infected after piercing? Learn here what to do to heal it.

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After getting a tongue piercing, are you observing these signs?

  • Redness and Red Steak
  • Swelling
  • Yellowish Pus
  • Pain
  • Sensation and Chilling
  • Fever
  • No Healing

It means that your tongue have caught infection. The tongue is the sensitive and tender part. Poor oral hygiene, getting pierced with contaminated tools, not taking piercing aftercare seriously and injuries on the tongue are what make your tongue piercing prone to infection. 

Don’t worry! 

You can treat your tongue piercing infection. And that’s too at home!

Let’s find out how…

Keep Your Infected Piercing Clean:

Clean the infected area first before using any kind of medications. Use saline solution or water to rinse your mouth. Fill a needleless syringe with water or saline solution and squirted onto the affected area. Or you can use a non-alcoholic mouthwash. After cleaning the mouth, spit the solution out. Don’t swallow it as bacteria may enter your mouth. 

Minimize the Swelling:

Swelling is likely to occur with an infected pierced tongue. Swelling may cause uncomfortable tightness to the entire tongue. Here’s how the swelling should be reduced to get relief.

• Suck a small ice chip as the cooling effect will constrict the blood vessels, reducing the blood flow into the infected part. Repeat this three times a day. 

Compress the Infectious Site:

Now compress the infectious site. But don’t take off your piercing stud. 

Warm salt water compress is beneficial as it increase blood supply to the infected area, prompting the healing process. Dip a cotton ball into the warm salt water and compress lightly it onto the infected piercing. This will remove bacteria, ease the pain and promote the healing. 

Take Oral Antibiotics:

If you are experiencing fever and chilling sensation along with pain and discomfort, use topical medication and oral antibiotics. It will remove bacteria and improve the infection. Take medications like ibuprofen.

See the Doctor:

See the doctor if there is no sign of improvement. Remember, severe infection may cause hepatitis if it is left untreated. Signs of tongue piercings are continuous bleeding, pus discharge, pain, fever and severe swelling. 

This is all about how you can treat tongue piercing at home. Make sure to visit your doctor if there is no improvement or the symptoms are getting worse. 

Or See If it is Due to Allergic Reaction to Metal

If your tongue piercing does hurt without any signs of infection, you may be allergic to the metal your tongue jewelry is made of. Wear solid titanium tongue rings if you have an allergy to the metal, as titanium is the most safe metal and less likely to trigger a reaction. Get it changed from your piercer. Make sure the ring is pure titanium rather than a coated one. Sometimes the swelling persists due to the short length of the ring. For example, the barbell may be pressing into the tongue. May be the ring is too short. Replace it with the ring of appropriate size. 

Key Takeaways: 

1. Look for the Signs of Tongue Piercing Infections like….

  • Redness and Red Steak
  • Swelling
  • Yellowish Pus
  • Pain
  • Sensation and Chilling
  • Fever
  • No Healing
  • Clean the Infected Area Rinsing Your Mouth with Saline Solution. 

2. Suck a Small Ice Chip to Reduce the Swelling. Repeat it 2-3 Times a Day

3. Dip Cotton Ball into the Warm Salt Water and Compress It Lightly onto the Infected Piercing

4. Take Oral Antibiotics If You Feel Fever and Chilling Sensation

5. See Your Doctor If There is No Improvement

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