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Accidentally biting your lip rarely causes serious problems. The most severe symptoms include minor swelling or bleeding. Yet there are those rare times when an injury or an accidental blow to the face causes significant lip trauma.

In a situation like this, the staff at East Indianapolis Dental Associates has some simple first-aid tips to help manage the pain and assess the need for professional treatment.

Gently wipe away any blood with a warm wet washcloth. You might be able to control mild bleeding by applying light pressure with sterile gauze bandage. If your lip bleeds excessively for more than 20 minutes, you should seek emergency care.

If your lip starts to swell, you can gently hold a cold compress to the area for 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one readily at hand you can improvise a cold compress with a bag of frozen food or a plastic bag containing ice, wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If you are in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, and you need advice for treating a lip injury, you can always call 317-357-8548 to speak to a member of Dr. James McAllister’s staff.