What to Expect if Your Oral Piercing Gets Infected?
Posted on 9/10/2017 by Dr. Leo Townsend, DDS
Oral piercings are common in many people. They get lips, tongues and even cheeks pierced. However, these areas are more susceptible to becoming infected. This is why it is important to not only keep the area clean and take care of it well, but also to make sure that you know the signs of infection if they happen.
Seeking out the right help when it does happen is essential. An infection can become serious in many people if left untreated.
Symptoms of an Infected Oral Piercing
If you notice one or many of these symptoms, speak with a dentist or health professional right away to find out what can be done.
Red streaks around the piercing wound
Green or yellow discharge coming from the piercing
Fever or chills
Swollen lymph nodes
Extreme pain at the piercing site
Fatigue and brain fog
General feeling of being unwell
Your piercer should give you information on handle situations such as these, as well as adequate cleaning instructions. Make sure to follow their advice for the best possible outcome.
It is important to seek medical attention immediately. An antibiotic should be given to reduce the infection, while proper cleaning and care is given to the infected piercing area. Ignoring the infection can lead to serious consequences, even death in some people. This is why it is so important to know the signs and symptoms and speak with a professional if they're noticed.
Our office can let you know what to do if you find that your oral piercing may be infected. We can get you right in and take a look, while providing you with an antibiotic to make sure to reduce the infection in the body. These symptoms should never be ignored since an infection can be serious.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (916) 683-1335 today.
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