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Sports injuries and accidental blows to the face can often traumatize soft tissues including the lip. While some of these oral traumas are minor, a more significant lip injury might require some basic first-aid while you determine the need for a physician’s care.

A warm, wet washcloth can be used to gently wipe away any dried blood to give you a better view of the injury. If you have material in your mouth you can rinse it away with a little lukewarm saltwater.

If the lip or other soft tissues in the area start to swell, you might be able to minimize it by applying a cold compress on the area for 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one readily at hand, you can improvise a cold compress by placing a bag of frozen vegetables in a zip-top bag wrapped in a tea towel.

If the injured lip continues to bleed you can lightly press sterile gauze to the wound. If it hasn’t stopped after 20 minutes, you should strongly consider going to the Emergency Room to seek professional treatment.

If you live in the Shakopee, Minnesota, area and you’ve suffered a significant lip injury, that requires further insight, you can call 952.233.1020 to consult with Dr. Matthew Jelinek or other staff member at Matthew Jelinek.