Tongue Piercing Taking Forever To Heal!

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Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 7:07 PM

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Hi Ask,

I thought I’d ask this question because I’ve searched all over the internet and found no similar case.

I had my tongue double pierced 3 months ago. It still lymphs almost daily.

I’m getting quite annoyed because 2 years ago I had a single piercing (since retired) that stopped lymphing after a month.

Now these two new piercings are further back and so “deeper” but still…it feels sometimes like these two new piercings will never heal. It’s so frustrating.

From what I gather, most people think that tongue piercings heal within 4 to 6 weeks but I see the occasional site that reports up to 6 months or even a year?

Any ideas on what I can do? Is my case particularly unusual? or have you seen tongue piercings lymph for months like is happening to me? Am already swishing with SSS regularly. Some days I get not much or no lymph and I start to get confident then BAM I suddenly get a good flow of it.

By the way, I know it’s lymph and definitely not pus, I can tell the difference between the two. I’m very frustrated and don’t want to go without kissing for a whole year!



You didn’t give a lot of details regarding your piercings so its hard to tell you what you can do different.

First thing I would suggest is switching to a high quality titanium barbell.The current jewelry may be lower quality and be keeping you from healing. Secondly keep doing your SSS rinses just make sure you are mixing correctly. 1/4 tsp non iodized sea salt to 8 oz distilled water. A change in mouthwash/toothpaste may help as well. Something non alcoholic for the rinse and a mild non bleaching/non whitening toothpaste. Regular water rinses after meals/drinks/smokes may help as well.

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3 Responses to “Tongue Piercing Taking Forever To Heal!”

  1. Hey,

    Just to let you know it is still healing. I guess it’s been around 7 months now!

    Actually, the lymph was down to an absolute minimum but recently my tongue has hurt as if it was newly pierced and the lymph has started to flow like a newly pierced tongue too :( The only difference is that it hasn’t swollen again.

    So frustrating. I have no idea why this is happening. It did kinda coincide with a trip to the dentist to get a filling (incl. anesthetic) - maybe I injured it while numbed but both holes are lymphing so I find that hard to believe.

    I am also wearing more appropriate jewelry (shorter and fitting) now and have been for a couple of months.

    I’m going to go back to the sea salt rinses. So annoying, I just don’t get why it won’t heal. I’ve never heard of anyone going 7 months to heal this piercing and neither have I heard of a tongue piercing suddenly getting worse like mine are doing. :(

    Chris on November 4th, 2012 at 8:27 pm
  2. Well it’s around 10 months now and, guess what, it still (!) lymphs!

    I think the shallower hole, further forward, does not lymph anymore. But the one that is deeper into the mouth still does.

    Is it lymph still? Well, it’s white and gooey, like lymph. But maybe it is just dead skin cells or something, I really have no idea. I can’t believe it is still healing but, then again, why would it lymph if it wasn’t healing, I ask myself.

    We’re talking miniscule amounts now. When in the early healing stages I could roll a q-tip and collect a length of over an inch of lymph around it, up to twice a day.

    With my current situation, I find a tiny blog, maybe 8th of an inch, once every two weeks or so. It’s still irritating to me though!

    Otherwise I feel great and no problems. I am toying with the idea of stretching up and then leaving jewelry out for a day. I’ve found that having nothing in the hole works well for other piercings. For example, my 4mm pierced ears didn’t heal for up to a year. Then I took them out and in one to two days they finally healed!

    Chris on January 30th, 2013 at 8:42 pm
  3. Hi Ask :)

    It’s me again, I thought I would update you.

    The good news is that it is healed, I have not seen any lymph for over a month now.

    The downside is that I now have what looks like hypertrophic scarring extending an eighth of an inch out from the bottom of my tongue, along the tongue bar, for the deepest piercing!

    I think this may be due to the location of the piercing and my tongue anatomy. Most of my tongue is rooted in my mouth with only a little extending out, the deeper piercing was as deep as it could go and the lower ball embeds itself into the tongue. Strange analogy but it pops out a little like the glans/clit inside the foreskin/hood!

    The scarring built up over the last six months and I am hoping it has reached it’s limit as it is quite unsightly and I wouldn’t want it to grow any longer.

    I don’t think it will, as my tongue went through various stages of accommodating this ball, sometimes it almost got lost into the tongue but it has now finally healed properly. My guess is that this contributed to the long period of lymphing - lesson learned, do not get pierced too deep!

    I am going to try aspirin paste on it soon as the scar tissue does not hurt, it is quite rubbery like an o-ring! If it grows any longer I will sadly have to retire it.

    Chris on March 9th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

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