Slip of the Tongue: 5 Signs of a Tongue Piercing Infection

Just like any other type of body piercing, tongue piercing should also heal quickly and without any problems. However, the tongue being one of the most sensitive parts of your body, you should absolutely be aware of certain risks that this procedure may cause.


Knowing the signs and symptoms of potential infections will help you detect them in time and treat them before they develop into more serious health complications.

Described below are some of the most important tongue piercing infection signs that you ought to be mindful of:

Signs of Tongue Piercing Infection:

The tongue should be fully healed within 6-8 weeks after the piercing has been done. In most cases, it is quite normal to experience some swelling and irritation during the first 2 weeks, but if these signs don’t disappear and other symptoms show up, it will be necessary to immediately consult your doctor and receive adequate medical treatments and antibiotic therapies.

Tongue piercing infections are mostly caused by different types of bacteria that live in the human mouth, which have the capacity to rapidly multiply and spread, giving raise to infections. If left untreated, these infections can lead to serious health problems.

But let’s take a look at some of the most common tongue piercing infection signs.

1. Swelling

As we have just mentioned above, it is normal to experience some swelling around the tongue area, immediately after you get your tongue pierced. However, if swelling persists, becomes worse, or is accompanied by difficulty swallowing and speaking, it is one of the first signs that you have an infection. This requires immediate medical attention and treatment.

2. Redness

Slight redness around the tongue area may also be normal during the healing period, but if it continues and is accompanied by swelling and pain, it is a sure sign of inflammation and infection.

3. Red streaks

If you notice red streaks radiating out of the piercing hole and running down the sides and the front your tongue, this indicates the presence of an advanced infection going on, which requires an immediate antibiotic treatment.

Red strikes come along with painful tenderness of the tongue and are sometimes accompanied by fever.

4. Bleeding

Although some bleeding may normally occur immediately after the piercing is done, bleeding that occurs after the initial healing process has completed is instead another sign that indicates an ongoing infection.

5. Discoloration and discharge

Any extreme discoloration of the tongue (green, yellow, purple or black) should be taken very seriously, as it indicates the advanced stage of an infection. In this case it is necessary to seek immediate medical attention.

Discoloration may also be accompanied by yellow or green discharge, which is the pus that comes out of the infected area. This also requires prompt and adequate antibiotic treatment.

Tongue Piercing Infection – Prevention and Treatment

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It is possible to prevent tongue piercing infections, as well as to treat them at home in case symptoms and signs have been noticed in time.

Prevention and treatment tips

1. To avoid any infection, it is fundamental to find a reputed and professional piercer, and inform yourself well about the piercing procedure.

The piercer you choose should have a license to practice, as well as adequate training and experience. He should also exercise all the necessary sanitary precautions during the entire process of piercing, such as using sterilized needles, instruments and tools, and wearing sterile gloves and face masks.

2. After the piercing is done, it is important to carefully follow all the aftercare instructions, as advised by the piercer.

3. When getting your tongue pierced, you should always opt for plastic (polytetrafluorethylene or polypropylene) studs, since they gather less bacteria than stainless steel or titanium studs.

4. During the healing period you should avoid coffee, alcohol and cigarettes, and eat foods that are not spicy or irritating, such as mashed potatoes, bananas, cold soups, and other similar.

5. Another good way to prevent infections is to rinse your mouth after each meal. Salt and water is a very effective rinse to accelerate the healing process and treat infections in their initial stages.

6. If you develop an infection or suspect that you may have one, don’t ever take out the bar yourself. You will only worsen the situation.

Hopefully this post has helped you realize the importance of adequate sanitary precautions during the tongue piercing process, as well as of the appropriate aftercare steps, in order to prevent infections. If you have ever experienced any tongue piecing infection, please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

Top 5 Most Painful Piercings to Get on Your Body

Had to share this with you. Cause I happen to be addicted to piercing. I always say “pain is pleasure” *hides*

Today, there practically isn’t a body part that you can’t have pierced. But what tops the list as the most painful body piercing you can get? Find out here.

If you love body art, you probably know that in this case, the saying “Beauty is a pain” is true.

The experience will depend on a few factors. How you prepare for your piercing is important, also if you’re scared or not. Fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) makes everything look and feel much worse!

Also, not everybody has the same pain threshold. Here is a rating list of painful piercings, from the least to the most painful one.

1. Nose


A lot of people say that getting their nose done hurt a lot! Now, this is not my personal experience, but I guess it depends on your pain threshold. Depending on the precise location, the needle goes through the skin or cartilage, and it’s done pretty quickly.

The most uncomfortable part is when the needle’s full length has to be dragged through the hole, because the stud is on the end of the needle. There are a bunch of nerves in your nose, which all end at the tip, so it’s believable that it hurts, and can also cause tiny nerve damage. If a nerve is hit, you will experience some numbness, and occasional “shooting” pains, but these pass in a few hours.

2. Lip


Again, it depends on the location of the jewelry (labret, Monroe, side), but lip piercings sometimes hurt a lot too. You will feel an initial sting, and after that, you should be fine.

A nerve can also be hit during this piercing, which may cause the numbness and sharp pains, but there are no nerves in your lips that can cause serious or long-lasting problems.

3. Cartilage


A needle going through a harder surface will be more painful than a skin piercing. These do take an instant longer to perform, and a lot longer to heal. The initial “hit” with the needle doesn’t hurt that much, but a healing cartilage will give you trouble! If the piercing is on your ear, you should be super careful while brushing your hair and sleeping on that side.

4. Nipple


Both guys and girls say that getting their nipple done hurt like hell. Just try to imagine the sensitivity – if it can achieve arousal pleasure, it means there are a lot of nerves there working their little butts off. While they heal, it’s tricky because, unlike with facial piercings, you can’t leave them alone in the open air. You have to wear clothes, and even the most simple cotton shirt, with no bra, will chafe against the piercing. Haven’t really had the courage to get that one yet, and I probably never will.

5. Genital

Do you really need an explanation? The most sensitive part of our body which reacts to the lightest touch will NOT like getting pierced with a needle! Both sexes say that this is by far the most painful piercing, both while being done and while healing.

Now, I’ve only had my belly button and cartilage done, so I can say that none of them really hurt much while being put in. It was just an initial sting, and then it was done.

The piercing which gave me the most trouble was the cartilage, while it was healing it hurt a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, and made sleeping on that side really difficult!

Then again, there are people who have breezed through getting their nipples done and cried while getting their nose pierced, so it’s really an individual thing.

Let us know what’s your most painful piercing experience!