Lip wounds usually look worse than they actually are; this is because lips are rich in blood vessels, so a small cut wound usually results in blood loss. On the same side, because lips are rich in blood vessels, so lip wounds tend to heal quickly within short time.
Most lip wounds are treated at home. Anyway, for proper management of lip wounds, it's advised to follow these tips:
1. Wash the lip wound by the tap water for 1 – 3 minutes.
2. By a sterile gauze or clean cloth, apply a pressure over the lip wound for 5 minutes at least so as to stop the bleeding.
3. To ease the pain related to lip wound, it's advised to put ice packs over the wound to numb lips.
4. Medications used for management of lip wounds include local antibiotic ointment and systemic analgesic anti-inflammatory drugs.
5. While the lip wound is healing, it's advised to avoid spicy foods as well as acidic foods like lemon juice.
6. Most lip wounds usually heal within 3 – 5 days. So, it's important to see a doctor if the patient experience fever, wound swelling, wound discharge and exacerbation of pain.
7. Management of lip wounds should be applied in a medical facility (hospital or clinic) in the following cases:
• Long or deep cut wound.
• If the lip wound is caused by a dirty or rusty object.
• In children who hasn't has the tetanus shot.
• If the lip wound is still massively bleed after 10 minutes of applying pressure over it.
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