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Accidentally biting your lip can be shocking and even painful. At the same time, a blow to the face or sports accident, could significantly injury your lip. In extreme situations there have even been people who accidentally bit through their lip as a result of a hard fall. The severity of the injury to your lip can be a major factor for determining the best way to treat it. However, there are a few basic treatment options that can apply to most lip injuries.

First you will need to determine the extent of the injury to your lip. You can use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe away any blood. If you have blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. If the injury is severe you should consider going directly to the emergency room!

If your lip starts swelling, you can try holding a cold compress on the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. A cold compress can be made quickly, by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If bleeding persists, you lightly press sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 20 minutes, it usually means the wound will require further treatment and possibly stitches. This warrants a trip to the emergency room or an urgent care facility.

If you have an injured lip and you would like advice, you can call Dr. Andrew Atwood at 801-225-1002 to schedule an appointment.