Brand new tongue piercings are uncomfortable and sometimes down right painful. They keep you away from your favorite foods for a couple of weeks and may cause you to slobber a little when you speak. But if the side effects from your tongue piercing last longer than that first 14 days and the pain continues, you may have an infection on your hands. Here’s what to do:
Things You'll Need
- Hydrogen Peroxide (for medical use, not the industrial kind)
How to Treat Tongue Piercing Infections
Remove the stud from your tongue. It may be causing an allergic reaction and if the material of the stud itself is causing the irritation, you cannot successfully treat the area without removing it.
Rinse your mouth with sea salt several times a day. If the infection is painful, you will immediately feel a relief after swishing the mixture of a half glass of warm water and a tablespoon of salt in your mouth for 15 seconds.
Gargle with Hydrogen Peroxide and water. Use the Peroxide for medical use, not the industrial kind. Mix about 3 or 4 drops of it with a full glass of water and swish your mouth with it several times a day.
Wrap a couple of cubes of ice in a towel and hold it on your tongue for a few minutes at a time to alleviate the swelling.
Stay away from alcohol, spicy foods and never smoke while a piercing is infected.