A Lip Injury Might Need First-Aid While Assessing the Need for Professional Treatment

Published on July 31, 2017

Sports injuries can potentially include an accidental blow to the face. When this happens the chances of suffering an injured lip are high. Should this befall you or a teammate, you might need to apply some basic first-aid while assessing the need for professional treatment.

In a situation like this Dr. Samaniego offers a few key insights to help manage the pain and determine the need for more advanced treatment.

The first thing to do is assess the severity of the wound. If you have blood on your lip you can use a wet washcloth to gently wipe it away. Any blood or unwanted debris in your mouth can then be gently rinsed away with lukewarm salt water.

If your lip is bleeding excessively it might require stitches or further treatment at the Emergency Room or a nearby urgent care facility.

You might be able to minimize any swelling by holding a cold compress on the area for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one immediately at hand, you can improvise a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If the bleeding persists you can try to control the bleeding by pressing some sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 20 minutes the wound likely requires professional treatment in the Emergency Room.

If you or someone you know has suffered a significant lip injury in the Las Cruces, New Mexico, area and you need help assessing the severity of the wound, you can call 575.523.1479 to speak to a staff member at Las Cruces Dental Associates.