Getting an oral piercing is a popular way to express yourself and be adventurous. Usually, oral piercings heal quickly with no complications. However, from time to time, one may become infected, leading to the need for treatment. Here are some symptoms of infected oral piercings you should be aware of.
Excessive or Painful Swelling
Some swelling is normal, especially right after the piercing is done. However, if the swelling continues for an unusual length of time, or it becomes painful or abnormally large, you may have an infection.
Persistent or Severe Pain
Of course the very process of getting an oral piercing is going to involve some discomfort. However, if the pain becomes worse as time progresses, or if it fails to diminish as you would expect from a healing wound, you may have an infection in the piercing.
Bleeding the Persists or is Excessive
As with discomfort, there will usually be some bleeding when you have an oral piercing. However, as time passes, the bleeding should decrease and eventually stop. If your wound continues to bleed—or if it bleeds in a heavier manner than you would normally expect—you may be experiencing an infection in your piercing.
Unusual Taste and Odor
A key indicator of an infection is the presence of an unusual or foul taste in your mouth. Along the same lines, persistent bad breath could be a sign that you have an infection. If you experience either of these, you need to come see us as soon as you can.
Warmth or Heat that Persists
Have you ever noticed that an infected cut on your skin is warm? The same is true of an infection in the mouth: if you have an unusually warm or hot sensation where the piercing is, there is a good chance that you are dealing with an infection.
Seeking Help The good news about all of these (and other) symptoms is that they can help you know when it's time to get help. Properly treated, an infection in a piercing will usually resolve itself. So if you think you have an infection, be sure to seek help right away.