Well, I can't imagine piercing ANY body part and it not swelling! There are products you can buy at a drug or grocery store that help with oral care. Sometimes I have problems with my gums swelling or getting sore areas inside of my mouth and I gargle with a product that is called Amosan that is a powder that comes in individual packets. It always takes away the soreness in a few days! If you can't find it, ask for someone in the pharmacy dept, even though it's an OTC (over-the-counter) product you don't need a prescription for. I would also try hydrogen peroxide diluted with some warm water. You can gargle it and pour it over the sore areas, but don't swallow it! The warm sea salt suggestion is good too. I always use warm salt water to gargle when I get a sore throat and it takes the pain away so well! It cuts through the mucus in the back of your throat! You should do any gargle-type solution a few times a day, too. Wait until 20 minutes before eating so it gives it time to work. What about ice? That seems like it would help with swelling, and eating something cold and yummy such as a popsicle is an easier and tasty way to enjoy the cold soothing the swelling.
I'd wash it with warm sea salt or whatever they gave you, then take some ibuprofen or aspirin if you're good to take that, I'm not a doctor.. but it reduces swelling, you can also try holding a cloth with an ice cube or two on it after washing.
I would be worried about a possible infection setting in. If ice or warm salt water doesn't reduce the swelling or it starts feeling hot I would RUN to an emergency room. There are staff infections that can destroy your whole lip overnight.
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I don't wanna scare yu but if it got swollen it will most likely get infected, try using hydrogen peroxide or alcohol& put an anti bacterial cream on it, &also rinse with mouth wash, g' luck. (if it does get infected take it of&just get it professionaly done) this is wat I did hope it works for youu
Are you talking of the upper or lower lip? If you meant the upper lip, you may need antibiotics as soon as possible. Don't wait for fever before using antibiotics. If you were referring to the lower lip, and if the swelling doesn't improve in 24 hours after cleaning it with tincture of iodine and warm salt solution, and especially if you have a fever, it would be to your best interest to take antibiotics. There is a nurse practitioner at CVS or Walgreen's at night and on weekends who could prescribe oral antibiotics.