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A minor lip injury from accidentally biting your lip during a meal, is rarely a cause for concern. Yet there are other instances, where a bad fall, home accident or sports injury causes serious damage to a lip. Should something like this befall you, applying some basic first aid principles will help manage the pain, reduce the chance of complications and help assess the need for professional care.

Applying a cold compress to the lip for 15 minutes at a time can help reduce swelling. Even if you’re still experiencing some swelling, it’s best to take a break after 15 minutes, as the excess cold can also irritate sensitive tissues and impede blood flow. If you don’t have a quality cold compress on hand, you can always improvise one with a bag of frozen vegetables or ice cubes in a bag, wrapped in a tea towel.

Lightly pressing a bandage or sterile gauze pad to the area can help control any bleeding. If it persists, you should seek emergency care, as this is often a sign that the wound requires sutures or other professional treatment.

You can help manage the pain by lightly applying a small amount of topical, dental anesthetic.

If you are in the Boerne, Texas area and you need additional oral first aid advice, you can always call 830-443-4352 to speak to a member of staff at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc’s dental offices.