It’s important not to handle a piercing during an infection until the skin around it has healed.
No matter how your lip is pierced — like a Monroe-style birthmark, Medusa in the middle of your upper lip, or a Labret pin on your lower lip — a painful infection is a distinct possibility. Treating an infected lip piercing requires a cleaning regimen and perhaps a change to a slightly smaller piercing or metal type. It will also require discipline not to tamper with the piercing until the skin around it is fully healed.
Regularly cleaning the facial area with warm soapy water can help prevent an infected lip piercing from developing.
A cleansing regimen of warm water and antibacterial soap will greatly increase the chances of avoiding an infected lip piercing. It will also speed up recovery if an infection has already set in. Another common treatment is regular lip soaks in salt water, inside and out. A saline cleaning solution is likely available with your piercer, which should be applied after every meal and before bed until the piercing has healed. Some solutions contain peroxide or Bactin, which are particularly ferocious against bacteria. Even with this kind of solution, though, it can take up to two weeks or more for a lip piercing to heal – even longer if it becomes infected.
Antibiotic ointments may be needed to treat an infected lip piercing.
Applying an antibiotic ointment to your lip piercing is a way to keep it hydrated while fighting the bacteria present. While the thrust can be great, the piercing should not be manipulated into the hole until it has healed. Do not twist or turn as this can inhibit the healing process and introduce bacteria from your hands.
If an infected lip piercing becomes painful, bleeds regularly, or begins to produce copious pus, medical attention is advised. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics and prescription ointments and solutions to better deal with the infection and pain. Don’t let the doctor convince you to take the piercing out unless it’s medically necessary. this can lead to an abscess and leave a mark that won’t go away.
Individuals should avoid smoking after getting a lip piercing to minimize the piercing’s exposure to bacteria.
When treating an infected lip piercing, it’s important to increase your body’s chances of fighting off disease. A balanced diet and rest can improve immune function. Refraining from smoking and consuming alcohol immediately after the piercing will also minimize the bacteria and irritation the piercing is exposed to. Cleaning bedding, towels and any other fabrics that come in contact with the face is another way to lessen the chances of infection, as is refraining from using irritating chemicals such as perfumes and alcohol-based lotions.