A blow to the face of fall can easily injure your lip or accidentally cause you to bite it hard. In extreme cases some people have even accidentally bitten through their lip. 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 208-286-2699 to help assess the situation and advise you on how to care for it.
If you lip or chin are bleeding you can use a wet, warm washcloth to gently wipe away blood. This will also help you determine how severe the injury is. If you have blood and debris in your mouth You can rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This will help clear debris or blood from your mouth, while soothing the injured tissues.
It’s not uncommon for there to be some swelling. Even if your lip doesn’t start to swell immediately you might still want to hold a cold compress to it for 15 minutes to numb the area and reduce swelling later. A cold compress can be quickly made by placing ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.
If your lip continues to bleed, you can lightly hold sterile gauze to the wound for 15 to 20 minutes. If the bleeding persists or the wound opens again, you should strongly consider going to the emergency room. This is usually a sign that 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 208-286-2699.