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A blow to the face, hard fall or other accident can injure your lip or even cause you to bite through it. If the injury is severe, or bleeds excessive you should consider calling 911 or going directly to the emergency room.

If the injury isn’t severe but still requires basic first aid, the first step use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe away blood to determine extent of the injury. If there is blood or debris in your mouth you can use lukewarm salt water to rinse it away.

If you experience some swelling in your lip or face. You can hold a cold compress to your lip for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. You shouldn’t hold it over the area for too long as excess cold can start to irritate the injured tissues. To make a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

You can try to stop the bleeding by pressing sterile gauze to the wound for 15 to 20 minutes. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped by then or your injured lip continues to open up, you should strongly consider going to the emergency room. A situation like this usually requires 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 541-269-5353.