Tongue Piercing Taking Forever To Heal!

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 7:07 PM

Filed under: Tongue

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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Venom Tongue piercing sinking?

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 8:05 AM

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I got my venom tongue piercings 15 days ago. The first week i had it my right piercing started bleeding whenever i did anything, so i went in and got the bars changed and the bleeding stopped, but now the piercing is sinking (or at least looks like it) and there is a blister thing in the crater and its really freaking me out, so i went back in and she said it was normal and that it looked fine but its really bothering me :( is it normal?

I’m not really sure how shorter bars wouldn’t have helped with bleeding, but it does appear that your bar is too short.

I would suggest to go back to your piercer and get some slightly longer ones put in, preferably titanium. Stay away from any plastics during healing.

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Is this normal for a healing tongue piercing?

Wednesday May 16th, 2012 @ 1:42 AM

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I got my tongue piercing done 2 weeks ago by a professional. By the 2nd week, swelling and pain had completely gone down and everything was great. I’ve yet to change to a smaller size. But now, if you can see by the picture, there’s a raised, swollen ring forming around the bottom of the piercing. It hurts a bit too. A wet cough also started around this time, and I still have it, and I’m taking medicine for it & cleaning my mouth thoroughly. I just want to know if this is a result of my tongue being irritated by my cough and what exactly is happening?

Thank you. :)

At two weeks, this is relatively common with oral piercings as the jewellery will be quite large and its nearly impossible not to bump or irritate the piercing during the healing. The bad news is that it is most likely too early to downsize (usually its done around the 4th-6th week) however the good news is that it normally goes down once you do get it downsized.

It can also begin to form if the piercing has been done off center, passing through more tissue than normal. It does appear that the piercing is slightly off to your left, however I feel it may be caused from playing with it. Make sure you leave it the hell alone so it can fully heal up.

If it does get worse, make sure to see your piercer so they can check it out and make sure its nothing more serious.

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Scoop piercing

Monday May 14th, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

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So I’m so keen to get the snoop piercing (horizontal surface piercing on top surface of the tongue…in appearance, looks like venoms) So just a few questions..

– 1. Is the scoop piercing just as prone to migration as any other surface piercing?

– 2. Piercings in the mouth are said to heal alot quicker than most others, does this include the scoop?

– 3. How long will it take to heal and will it cause a lisp?

**Any other info would be appreciated! And anyone who has/has had this piercing, how was your experience with it? Eg. Healing,infection, migration, etc.**


The main problem that people find with horizontal tongue piercings (and surface tongue piercings) is speech impedament after the procedure, even if you manage to get it to heal.

It has to do with the fact \that the piercing passes through both muscles of the tongue, effectively ’sticking’ them together. Movement and speech often causes the ends to dig, irritation and often migration.

Infection is a very rare in most piercings, especially oral piercings - as long as you follow correct after-care and stay clear of alcohol based mouth rinses.

The reason that super-rare piercings like these are so rare, is simply for the fact that they rarely heal well and even if they do most people find they have permanent speech issues.

Long story short - get venoms done instead. It will look basically identical, however will heal MUCH easier and will let you have a rad healthy healed tongue project for a long period of time to come.

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White stuff?

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 1:49 AM

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I know it’s really hard (nearly impossible) to diagnoise a probelm over the internet, especially without being able to see it (I tried to get a picture, but the issue isn’t showing up on the camera). But I thought I’d try and see if anyone had an idea as to what my problem is.

I got my tongue peirced Friday, September 9th (today is Monday, September 12th) and it’s been like people have told me it would be like. Hard to eat, swollen and awkward - but today when I went to brush my teeth I noticed that the top of my mouth has turned almost a white colour. It’s like the pink colour of my tongue has faded from my tongue. When I tried to get it off with my toothbrush all that happened is the pattern of the white changed, like vacuuming a long carpet.

I use alcohol free Crest Pro Health Clean Mint (it’s blue) at 100% (not watered down) three times a day after eating and have been more water than normal (but have been drinking pop). I haven’t drank any alcohol, or aten any dairy products.

I am going to call my piercer tomorrow to see what she has to say since she’s not open today (of course!) but I wanted to see if I could get an idea as to what the problem was before hand, and whether I should be worried or not.

The white discoloration is totally normal, it usually occurs when you get a build up of dead skin cells. Usually they are ‘brushed off’ when your tongue rubs against the grooved top of your mouth, but with the swollen fresh piercing they just sit there instead.

I often recommend people to (gently!) brush the top of their tongue with a soft toothbrush daily to stop the build up and get it back to a normal tone. It can also be a sign of dehydration, which is also very possible, as many people drink much less fluids during the healing period.

Make sure you drink lots of water and give your tongue a soft brush when you brush your teeth. It should go away in a couple of days easy peasy.

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Tongue Web Piercing Swelling

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 1:49 AM

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I got my tongue web pierced on Tuesday, and for the first day and the second day it was tender but the bar was visible on both sides. I woke up this morning and it was extremely sore, and one side keeps slipping in and I have to keep pushing the ball back out. My saliva glands underneath the piercing are also very swollen. My piercer told me to use mouthwash but I have been hearing that sea salt soaks are way better for cleaning. Any advice? Is the swelling of the glands normal and will it go down soon?

Oh my! Go back to your piercer and get a longer bar in there ASAP. Everyone swells differently and its nearly impossible to judge for every single case how much room to give, but longer is always better when it comes to oral piercings.

You will find from leaving the ’shorter’ bar in that you will actually cause more swelling, making the situation worse.

Saline (sea salt) rinsing can be really great to heal oral work with, however its a good idea to use an alcohol-free mouth rinse once to twice (MAXIMUM) a day to help out with the cleanliness too.

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Unilateral infection on double tongue piercings?

Friday May 11th, 2012 @ 3:32 PM

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I have had double tongue piercings (venoms) for about 8 years now without any real problems. Two days ago I woke up and realized the right side of my tongue was sore from being pressed against my teeth because it was swollen. I figured I must have been a bit dehydrated. It took until the next day to realize that the real problem is my tongue is very swollen and sore around the right piercing. The left side and piercing are totally fine. Usually I’m the past if my piercings were irritated, they both were.

So I’m wondering what’s going on and what to do. The right piercing (10g and 1/2″‘ which is the right length for me with my small mouth) is a bit sore, but not inflamed or producing pus or warm, or any other sign of infection, just irritated it seems. But I’m not that familiar with what an infected tongue piercing would be like.

What should I do and what are possible reasons for only one side to be affected? I can’t think of anything different lately.

(Also, I have double lip piercings, also well healed for many years, and in the last few months, the left one has flared up twice and become swollen in a similar way, and then gone back after a few days. What could be causing this? I’ve never had problems with these piercings before.)

It sounds like this probably happened in your sleep since you described waking up with the swelling. What you’ve described sounds like a damaged piercing, not an infected one. This could have been something as simple as biting it while you slept or holding it in a position that created a small rip in the piercing.
For the time being you should just baby your piercing to help repair the damage. Sea salt gargles to help with healing and some Biotene to help keep it clean. As long as the piercing is not swelling you don’t need to change the jewelry.

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Tuesday May 8th, 2012 @ 4:49 AM

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What are the risk of getting a double tounge piercing?… how long does it take for it to heal?… does it get infected more often than the normal piercing? Do u have to take special care for being double?

Oral piercings very very rarely get infected, unless you over clean them or use an alchohol based mouth rinse - even then its still unlikely.

Double tongue piercings are a little trickier to heal, because you can ‘knock’ them together and cause irritation. I wouldn’t be too concerned about that as long as you see an experienced piercer who can place them in the correct spot to minimize aggravation.

You should look after a double tongue piercing (two on the sides or two in the center) exactly the same as a normal tongue piercing by using alcohol free mouth rinse twice a day, ice it up and eat soft foods for a couple weeks.

As always make sure your piercer has double tongues in their HEALED portfolio and do a consult first to make sure that you can get them done. Sometimes (if you have a little tongue) you can’t get two down the center at the same time, or they will hit each other too much.

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Tongue web

Tuesday May 8th, 2012 @ 3:46 AM

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Got this done middle of August and had a piercing change mid September the guy said it looked really good and healed just recently it bulged up. I went in and the guy said looked like something was in it so I started cleaning it again and it still has not changed although it does not bug me even when I touch it, and it isn’t pusing even when I’ve moved the bar to get a better look. No idea what it could be any ideas?

It could be to do with your actual jewellery, make sure that its free from scratches or barbs. Many cheap manufactures will have little burs or funny bits at the ends.

Secondly, it could also be from plaque build up on the bar itself. It’s totally normal for this to happen, but sometimes it can trap a bit of food or cause an irritating rough spot. Sometimes you can’t even see it, until you take the bar out.

I would suggest to first try a brand new (preferably internal thread titanium) barbell in there and see if it gets better. It might also be advisable to go back to your piercer to put it in and get them to check for any little bits of debris that might be trapped in the fistula.

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Tongue web piercing?

Friday May 4th, 2012 @ 7:43 AM

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I had my tongue web pierced in late August. Healing was very easy, I never had a problem with it. Over the past month or so however, it did get irritated, I’d just rinse with saline and baby it a little.

Last week I realised, after it feeling very tight, it had grown up the bar at a very fast rate, to the barbell ends.

I had a difficult time removing it due to the tightness, but I felt it would be best when it was uncomfortable.

I’ve searched up on the internet a bit, but I can’t really find what happened. I’m very confused.

Sounds like you had too short of a bar in there to allow for swelling throughout the entire healing, or if it was fully healed then you may have aggravated it somehow. Often food can get stuck inside oral piercings, it’s normally very minimal and your body ‘pushes’ it out - however in some rare cases it can cause it to puff up heaps and embed the balls.

Always rock a slightly longer bar than ’snug’ in an oral piercing, just in the case that it does swell up a bit randomly.

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