The Healing Process of a Tongue Piercing (With Pictures)

Updated on May 9, 2017
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Whitney is an expert on piercings and tattoos, with experience in the body modification world.


Tongue Piercing Basics

Tongue piercings are one of the more popular piercings—they're easy to heal and simple to conceal. In general, getting the piercing is relatively pain-free, depending on your tolerance. The level of pain varies for each person.

  • Swelling. You tongue will swell for about 8 to 10 days after the initial piercing; the amount of swelling will depend on how far back the piercing is placed (the further back the piercing, the more swelling).
  • Eating and speaking. For the first few days, you won't be able to eat solid foods or talk properly.
  • Jewelry. The initial jewelry used will be longer to accommodate the swelling. They usually use a straight barbell that's 16 to 18mm long that is either surgical steel or titanium (you get to choose the color). Titanium is best since some people are allergic to surgical steel; your piercer should tell you what allergic reactions to look for. Once the swelling goes down, the long bar will be switched out for a shorter one. They make the shorter ones in other materials, like gold plated steel or acrylic. After the piercing has healed, you can consider using a labret stud or a tongue retainer when you need to hide your piercing.

Things to Avoid While Your Tongue Is Healing

What to Avoid
Eating solid, acidic, sticky, spicy foods.
They might hurt!
Excessive talking.
You may stretch or tear. Plus, you'll sound funny!
Kissing and any kind of oral activity with girlfriends/boyfriends.
Bacteria threaten healing.
Sticking anything in your mouth, including fingers, pens, etc.
Same as above.
Same as above.
Experimenting with jewelry.
There will be plenty of time to play after it's healed.
The swelling should subside after a couple weeks, at which time these activities can be renewed.

Standard Single Tongue Piercing

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The Stages of the Healing Process, Day by Day

After piercing, your tongue generally takes from three to four weeks to fully heal. This is one of the fastest-healing piercings, as the enzymes in your saliva help fight infection and kill bacteria.

You'll need to use a good non-alcoholic mouthwash to help clean your mouth, but be careful not to over-clean, which can cause your tongue to turn green or brown. If this happens, just reduce the amount of mouthwash you use and how often you use it.

  • Day 1-5: After the first day, you'll experience swelling. The worst of it will be during the first five days, when your speech will be hindered and you may have to alter your diet to mashed potatoes, noodles, and other soft foods. Drinking cold drinks helps. For quicker healing, you should avoid drinking alcohol or hot drinks, smoking, kissing, fiddling with or even touching the barbell, and ibuprofen and aspirin (which can both increase swelling-- use Tylenol instead).
  • Day 5-7: The swelling will start to reduce. Some people recover more quickly than others.
  • Day 7-10: Swelling should go down by now. When it does, you'll need to have the barbell replaced with a shorter one. The day when you can replace the long barbell for a shorter one will depend on the amount of swelling you experience.
  • Day 10-28: It can take 3 to 4 weeks to fully heal.

When Can I Take the Jewelry out of My Tongue and for How Long?

The answer to this question varies from person to person. Tongues heal fast, and even if the piercing is technically healed, it will also heal shut if you leave the jewelry out for an extended period. Some piercings might heal closed almost immediately, after a day or so, while others with well-established piercings say that they can go without jewelry for up to three weeks without worry.

Multiple Tongue Piercings

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How to Reduce the Healing Time of a Tongue Piercing

  1. Keep the swelling down. Drink ice cold drinks, preferably water.
  2. Keep it clean. This includes cleaning not only the piercing site, but your whole mouth. Brush at least twice a day. Gargle and rinse after every meal, after you drink something other than water, when you first wake up, and before you go to bed. Use a nonalcoholic and flouride-free antibacterial mouthwash or a glass of water with a teaspoon of sea salt (not iodized table salt!) dissolved in it.
  3. Wear the right jewelry. Make sure that the barbells are tight: hold the bottom ball still while you twist the top ball clockwise. After the initial swelling reduces, have your piercer change the longer bar out for a shorter one. After this, you don't want to change the jewelry too often, which may irritate the site and prolong healing. Titanium is the least likely material to provoke an allergic reaction.
  4. Avoid irritants. Don't put your fingers in your mouth. Don't touch, poke, or fiddle with the jewelry. If you talk or chew a lot, rinse your mouth afterwards. Don't drink alcohol, smoke, kiss, or expose your mouth to anything other than food, drinks, mouthwash, toothpaste, and salt water.
  5. Watch for signs of infection. Of course, infection delays healing, so if you see swelling, redness, angry-looking red streaks, discoloration, or discharge, consult a doctor right away.

Horizontal Tongue Piercings

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Warning Signs of Infection: What to Look For

While you're healing, you may experience the following issues, but don't worry as they will stop once the piercing is fully healed:

  1. You'll have an excess amount of saliva, which will cause you to swallow more.
  2. The taste buds on the end of your tongue may be tender, and you may experience tingling or burning.
  3. You may experience tenderness on the top of your tongue where the ball makes makes a depression, and on the lower webbing area.
  4. You may notice white fluids excreted by the wound where the piercing is healing, as the dead white blood cells are leaving your body. Normally, the dead blood cells would form a scab, but the saliva in your mouth won't allow a scab to form.

These are the warning signs of infection (see your doctor):

  • Swelling. Swelling is normal, especially in the first five days, but if it seems excessive, gets worse, or impedes talking or swallowing, seek treatment.
  • Redness or red streaks. Especially if accompanied by swelling, pain, or fever, could be a sign of inflammation and infection.
  • Bleeding. If it seems excessive or won't stop.
  • Discoloration and discharge. If your tongue looks greenish, purple, yellow, or black, or if you notice any pus or discharge from the piercing, these are signs of infection.

Okay, But How Long Until It's Fully Healed?

Heal time varies, but usually takes about 3-4 weeks.

Venom Tongue Piercings

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FAQs About the Healing Process of Tongue Piercings

How long does it take for it to stop hurting?

Usually, the pain accompanies the swelling, so as soon as the swelling goes down, your pain should subside.

How long will the swelling last?

For most people, the swelling may last a couple days or up to two weeks.

What are the signs of infection I should be looking for?

Excessive swelling, pain, or bleeding that does not reduce after a couple weeks; red streaks or discoloration on the tongue; discharge or pus.

How long until I can take the jewelry out for an hour or more?

After a month of healing, you're probably healed enough to start experimenting with jewelry, but remember that since heal times vary, you'll need to experiment carefully to know how long you can go without any jewelry at all.

Questions & Answers


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        Lisa 3 days ago

        I had tongue pieced yesterday I'm living off yoguct and water . Can't talk properly now and ball at bottom is irritation and causing mouth ulcer is this normal

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        Jenny 8 days ago

        Is it normal for hard swelling around tongue piercings sight after 6 days from initial piercing?

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        Leanly 3 weeks ago

        So ive had my tongue pierced for 5 days know the swelling has went down its still a little sore but it looks like my tonge is swollowing the balls yall thank i should give it a couple more days before i take it out because i dont want a huge hole in my tonge someone help me i already love it doe

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        Ash 6 weeks ago

        I got mine pierced 2 days ago. My tongue is white, dry and the top ball has created a crater to keep in place. The only thing that bothers me is how dry my mouth is. Is this normal!?

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        Eli 7 weeks ago

        I got my tongue vertically pierced 6 days ago. It is the fourth time I got the piercing. This time she did it a bit more forward then the previous Ive had. I was able to eat and speak fine. I find myself having a white discharge under the direct abrasion under my tongue. The discharge becomes like a little bump. I remove it with a dental tool. I do clean regularly and rinse with mouthwash. I do smoke the green. I am experiencing soreness and a little redness.

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        Tara 2 months ago

        **update I done it I pushed it back thru took a bit of pushing but no blood and a little bit of swelling it’s day 3 now tongue tender but looking good so far I had it out 8 years so surprised it went back in the pain is a stinging sensation and I got to the top hole I had to push hard til the bar popped through the skin and it was a loud pop so push I found holding my tongue either side thumb on bottom and guide it through as you push from the bottom and push down with ur fingers from the top I had to do this on either side then the final push was from bottom up xx

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        tara 2 months ago

        hi i had my tongue pierced in 2007 took it out 2009 i can get the tongue bar in the top a little bit and underneath a little bit it feels like inside is closed do i just push the bar through? when i had it done the piercer said i have a vein but he can go on an angle and miss it so do i follow the old piercing path? any advice? x

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        luchiana 2 months ago

        i got my tongue piercing done 1 week ago but i still can't talk normally ,when will i be able to talk normally again ?

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        Imogen 3 months ago

        I got my tongue done 2 days ago, after reading on this site I’m unsure of my situation. Mine piercing is further back and I think I was pierced with a 22mm bar, at first I wasn’t sure on the size because it didn’t look very long, it’s now the second day having it and I think the top ball might be slightly sinking. My mouth is producing heaps of saliva and at first it was hard to swallow. Is this sign of infection and is there anyway of preventing the back from sinking as I don’t want a small groove? Also if a groove appears can it go away or is it perminant?

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        betherz94 3 months ago

        America yes its normal i have it too and mine was done a month ago 2 days ago i litterally just called my piercer and asked he said thats a good sign and its normal hope this helped! :)

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        America 3 months ago

        I got my done a month ago today and I have like a really weird hard fleshy ring around the bottom ball of my ring and idk if it’s normal or not , there is no sign of infection but it’ll hurt a little sometimes. It’s hard to explain but it’s a weird like fleshy ring that formed around the bottom ball.. it doesn’t bother me but it looks horrible.. wonder if anyone else had the same issue. Ugh

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        Destiny 3 months ago

        I got mine done about 2 days ago and the bottom hurts a little and the top has a little red spot is this normal or do i need to go to the doctors

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        Joicelyn 4 months ago

        So I got my tongue pierced, on the 17th of January, I got the surface tongue piercing, but I noticed my piercer use a short bar, instead of a longer bar, is that a bad thing, should I be worried, when it heal can I change it to a long bar, or just get another short bar

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        Blue 4 months ago

        I got my tongue done three weeks ago,and changed the bar for the second time yesterday. Is it normal for slight pain right under the ball? It's not terrible,just uncomfortable

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        ShaeJames 4 months ago

        I got my tongue pierced 3 days ago and today when i woke up it was red at around my tongue piercing but doesn’t cause pain is this normal ?

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        Breleigh 4 months ago

        Hi I got my tongue done 3 days ago and the top of my tongue is swollen and around the top of the piercing is yelling and a little bit white my mom said it’s a scab but I don’t know if anyone can give some advice it would be nice

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        Lysha 5 months ago

        I got my tongue pierced on Wednesday, and My diet hasnt changed, I can still eat what I used to but just slower, I caught my tongue in my food and ended up with like a lump in front of my tongue bar, the lump has disappeared but there's like a yellow goey thing now? Is Thisbe normal?

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        Gabrielle 5 months ago

        I got my tongue pierced a week ago and it's still discoloured behind the bar. Is this normal ?

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        Amber 7 months ago

        I just got the snake eyes yesterday And My Tongue swelled up but it swelled up worse than when I got my normal tongue pircing should I maybe try a little bigger bar?? My tongue seems to look like it's going to go over the balls ??

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        Morgan 8 months ago

        I had my tongue pierced 3-4 months ago and just lately when I wake up my tongue goes a bit swollen and I carnt move my tongue bar what she’ll i do ???

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        Val 8 months ago

        I just got my tounge pirced and the back of my tounge is white there's no pus or anything what does that mean?

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        Have d 9 months ago

        When will my tounge stop being yellow

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        Alyjah 10 months ago

        If my tongue hasnt swollen up or hurt that bad on the first or second day is it a good or a bad thing?

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        Shelia Boudreau 10 months ago

        I had my tongue pierced about 2 weeks ago. This is my fourth time over the years. This time he did it a little further back. I think the swelling is down but my concern is I continue to have severe pain down the left side of my tongue? Is this not

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        Anon 12 months ago

        I got venom bites (2 tongue piercing side by side ) 3 days ago and there are dents where the piercing is. Is that normal?

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        Christal 12 months ago

        if you drink acids an it starts to hurt how to get rid of it

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        Elvia 12 months ago

        Is it normal for a small blister looking bump and puss on the bottom to pop up 2 weeks after getting it done and puss on top as well?

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        Liz 12 months ago

        I what do you do if you're tounge piercing looks yellow infected what can you do to help it

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        Hailey 13 months ago

        So I have had my tongue pierced twice now. For both of my experiences I had a white film cover over my tongue for about a week and a half, all I did was take a soft toothbrush and toothpaste without peroxide. I also rinsed out my mouth with warm water and SEA SALT (DO NOT use iodized salt, makes the tongue swell bigger and actually made my healing time lengthen). Cold drinks like slushes and even sucking on ice helped a ton.

        Along with this, my taste buds were numb for about a day or two both piercing times, like I drank a hot drink a burned them. After that they became pretty sensitive. When I would wake up in the morning the left side my tongue would burn almost to the point I was in tears (this went on for about 7-10 days). I found that rinsing with the sea salt water asap and taking Tylenol (I wouldn't recommend aspirin or ibuprofen just because its a blood thinner and did make me bleed a few days after). Now the place I went to get my tongue pierced both times doesn't reschedule to put a shorter bar in so I replaced it myself about 2 to 3 weeks later. I would just replace it whenever your tongue isn't super sensitive and you can jerk it around a little, after all you're pushing something through your tongue and if its sensitive and in pain you don't want to feel that. Plus if your tongue is still getting swollen you can actually mess up your piercing.

        Another thing is throughout the day, the more I talked and rinsed with sea salt water, the less swelling there was. In the morning my tongue was so bad that it looked and felt like a small balloon but after about an hour it went down to pretty normal (this is about days 4-7) and my talking started becoming much more understandable.

        As well, if this is your first time getting your tongue pierced and you sound super funny when you talk, don't worry. Most people get lisps and sound funny for a few days after. I didn't even get my normal talking back until I switched out my bar since the one I got it pierced with was so long. But everyone is different.

        If you have swollen taste buds, your tongue burns or is painful, its swollen, white and has an extreme amount of saliva production you're completely fine. The healing process for a tongue is about 4-6 weeks to feel normal. For AT LEAST 6 months don't let your bar out for more then an hour because IT WILL close. It doesn't "finalize" itself until 6 to 8 months.

        The piercing itself on a tongue is the least painful piercing I have ever gotten but the healing of this piercing was the most painful. You're putting a needle through a muscle but the tongue is one of the fastest healing muscles in your body. You just have to remember its not used to a foreign object going through it so its going to get aggravated and annoyed. Plus you use your tongue every day, to eat, talk and more. Its not like piercing an ear that doesn't move all day.

        Hope this helps! :*

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        Crystal zepeda 13 months ago

        I just got my tongue pierced on Friday and it hurts I'm afraid what if it gets worse I hope it gets better in a couple of weeks. Is it suppose to swell up after eating ice cream or anything cold????

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        Jasmine 13 months ago

        I just got my tongue pierced last Tuesday, the swelling has went down and I am able to change my bar without it causing any pain but my tongue muscle itself is still sore. I assume that is normal? But my tongue piercing looks to me to be sort of slanted and in front of the top ball there is like a "wall" where the skin on my tounge covers the front part of the ball, should I concerned?

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        Latoya 13 months ago

        I just got my tongue peirce is it alright for my tongue feel loser than it was when i got it

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        Madison 13 months ago

        Is it normal for the web to hurt a few hours after a tongue piercing?

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        Kady 13 months ago

        My tongue has been pierced for a month now and it's still swollen but less swollen than the first time... Is this normal

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        Answerplease 14 months ago

        I have a short tongue and I got it pierced 5 days ago it's still sore and sensitive but I noticed I can't get the bottom bar out of my mouth like others because of the way it was pierced I was thinking maybe a flexible bar or something or Is it always going to be like this ...

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        14 months ago

        Its been five days now since I've pierced my tongue and when am awake it has a burning sensation..... Is this normal?

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        Gabby 15 months ago

        I just got my snake bites done on my tongue and my tangle is so swollen that my balls are going inside my hole and I don't really know what to do .

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        lola 15 months ago

        i did the snake eyes piercing about 4 days ago and the first 2 days it was hurting and got a little swollen , but now instead of hurting it actually itches and some say it part of the healing process and i just want to make sure that is true because i would hate if it turns out to be an infection and i'll have to take the piecing off

        ( second time doing it ) .

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        Karina 15 months ago

        I have a little cut in front of my tongue piercing is that ok?

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        Madison 16 months ago

        I had my tongue pierced yesterday and I ate something later in the day today and it has gone very sore and quite swollen is this ok ?

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        BB 16 months ago

        I have a question is it normal to have a hard bump on my tongue in front... My tongue is not swollen anymore.

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        Shannon 17 months ago

        I got my tongue done around a week and a half ago and my tongue as went a white yellowy colour although iv been cleaning it fully with warm water and salt mouthwash ect? Is this normal

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        katey 17 months ago

        I have had my tounge pierced for a good two weeks and a couple days the swelling went down alot when can i change the bar ?

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        Tatianna 17 months ago

        So im getting my tongue pierced for the first time and was wondering can i gdt a clear bar as the bar they pierce with or does it have to be metal? Thank you.

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        Craig 19 months ago

        I have 2 10g tongue piercings one behind the other, the piercing was painless. They are 5 weeks old and feel great. The swelling was really bad, but the settled down and now the shorter posts are in there are no problems, just waiting until I can stretch up to 6g. Don't be put off if you think there is pain, although everyone is different this is not a painful piercing.

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        Diane 20 months ago

        Got my tongue pierced 8 days ago. Just changed to shorter barbell yesterday. My question is, I still can't stick my tongue all the way out. Is this normal?


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        Porsha Wilkinson 20 months ago

        Got my tongue pierced yesterday.. the piercing didn't hurt the swelling hasn't been bad I've even been eating pizza and Buffalo wings with ranch.. To top that off I am a smoker but I've been drinking water none stop.. I really love this piercing though!!

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        Megan Marlow 21 months ago

        I got my tongue done Wednesday and it's now Sunday, so 4 days. It has swollen but not too bad and the pain hasn't been bad I've not had trouble moving it or anything, but I don't know what I can eat?? The soup heats up the bar and burns me, and I'm alactosintolarant so there's not much for me, I can barely eat bread and margarine but it does hurt, and there's a small flappy little bit of skin on the under part of my tongue, someone help me???

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        AlyssaPrivik 2 years ago

        I just got my tongue done 5 days ago. I've been talking normal the whole time. There is swelling but it's starting to go down. The worst day so far was the 2nd day. I woke up and my tongue hurt so bad. But I took ibuprofen and it was good. I've been using regular salt, and warm water to clean mine and it seems to be helping. But now I noticed some whiteish clearish pus coming out the bottom. Is this normal?

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        Nicole baxter 2 years ago

        Im 15 (14 at the time) and i got my tounge pierced a week before christmas 2015, when getting my tounge pierced it was the slightest we pinch that i bearly even felt i got a long bar in for when my tounge swelled that night i came home and i was fine my tounge was its normal size ect, the next morning was the worst the pain for me was unbearable i couldnt eat a thing not even soup, mash potatoes anything! I was throwing everything back up? I thought it was beacause of the pain that i was just being sick. The following two days were the same and finally on the fourth day the swelling reduced and i was able to eat without throwing up and i was able to start wiggling and lifting my tounge. I kept mine in for about just near 3 weeks and id recommed for people who are planning or have just got there tounge to do so as much people put a new bar in and there tounge swells again. I was able to eat my christmas dinner with my family

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        Stephanie 2 years ago

        I got my tongue pierced last Wednesday and it's still swollen but I knew that would happen but would would my whole left side of my jaw & down hurt? I also have like little bumps on the top of my tongue by the ball! Is that normal for the healing? They hurt bad!

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        autumn95 2 years ago

        Got mine done about five weeks ago I have this white reddish bump on the bottom on of my tongue around the barbell it Hurst but no bleeding and the white stuff is almost gone is this normal

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        Ashley 2 years ago

        I just got my tongue peirced yersterday and i just woke up and now i cant move the ring is this normal?

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        phoebe 2 years ago

        I got my tongue done 4 days ago it didn't hurt at all and I could eat right from day 1 but my bottom ball keeps clinking on the bottom of my teeth is that normal?..

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        Vexyne 3 years ago

        I would like to see ONE person with a tongue thin enough to use a labret stud as a retainer. That is so DANGEROUS!

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        S.A.A. 4 years ago

        I got mine pierced about two days ago. I absolutely love it. It hurts a little and it's swelled. But I figured it would. The worst part was the clamps. It hurt bad. I don't know about anyone else but the clamps were very uncomfortable and hurt. If any anyone has any advice for me I'd love to hear it.

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        kasikaden 4 years ago

        I just got mine done yesterday n idk if the guy that did it hit a nerve r what bt on the left bottom side of my tongue is black bt it culd be that i ate ice cream too

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        yessuhyerbua 5 years ago

        avoid using anything with alcohol. if you hafta use it. mix it half and half with water. alcohol makes it heal slower. sea salt water works best

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        billie-Ann 6 years ago

        got my tongue done on tuesday, it is now a week later and its fine and mines pierced towards the back and to one side next to my tongue web (which i had pierced but took out a couple of days later and gonna pop back in) so it swelled up so much but went down in 6 days, had my bar changed to a 14mm yesterday which i could tell by the looks of it was too short, and i could tell it was too short this morning, completely sunken into my tongue, caused it to swell back up again and was a mess! went back today and got it changed to 16mm and it feels amazing, hardly a deep indentation anymore, just a little tender due to the mishap yesterday, still a little bit of swelling to go down and i was eating solids on sunday just very slowly, i got that horrible hard white lump in front of it and i thought it was cause i was a smoker, but i kept on mouthwashing and that and the next day it was completely gone and i was eating solids normally! absolutely love it! can't wait for the last bit of swelling to go down and for it to settle completely so i can order some new snazzy bars!

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        Matt93 6 years ago

        I had my tongue peirced a week ago, swelling has pretty much gone but i have a white and yellowish tongue, i also have a burning feeling in the tip of my tongue with some red taste buds showing. is my peircing okay or not ?

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        Bee 6 years ago

        Got mine done yesterday. Have to say it was kinda painful - but not tears-worthy (for example my belly button didn't even make me flinch, but this did). Anyway, it's looking good, no major color changes, (if any at all) and it's kind of swollen and my tongue is tired from being in this position due to the looong barbell.

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        lealea_babey 6 years ago

        i got my tongue peirced 4 days ago and it is swolen and sore... there is a little yellow puss looking blob on the front of my tongue by the bar... it is sore at the back of my tongue and on the tip of my tongue.. ive been told 2 use listerine which i have been... im a smoker as well so i have been using it after every time i eat and drink... is this normal?

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        Phil 6 years ago

        So i just got my tongue pierced on april 9th so its been about 4 days since i got mine done. I would say my swelling is pretty bad still i am developing the little redish yellow dot in front of my piercing on the top of my tongue and just now noticed the"scab" under my tongue. Now i am a heavy smoker so i use mouth wash (pro crest health non alcohlic ) every time i get done smoking and DESTROYED my gums lol THey are healed now but i only mouth wash now 5 to 6 times a day with 75% with water and the doc gave my nystant whatever you spell it so i hope that works! CAN'T FREAKING WAIT TO EAT REAL FOOD THO!!! XD

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        Peaches0998 6 years ago

        I got my piercing 2 weeks ago! The same day I was eating solids and didn't need pain killers. It hurt slightly but not as much as I expected. Oral-B mouth wash (no alcohol) and ice cubes are the best (: , use a soft bristle toothbrush to clean around the barbell , I've already started changing my barbells :) xx

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        meme 6 years ago

        i getting my tongue done today man im scared wish me luck

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        Whitney 6 years ago

        i got mine done last friday, i had one back in 06' but took it out due to a root canal and never put it back in . The second time around the swelling was much worse (must be due to scar tissue and being pushed back further on the bottom) but other than that, still expericing a tingly numb sensation at the tip of my tongue but it feels a little better now that the swelling isn't pushing much on the nerve . I recommend anyone to get one..mature ones at the most . :] can't wait to play w. it more in a good week or so .

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        lucy 6 years ago

        i had my tongue peirced 10 days ago, everything has been perfectly fine. ive had my barbell changed to a shorter one and the swelling has gone completely down, but i have a lump underneath my tongue to the right side next to the hole, its hard and quite big but ive only just noticed it, i was wondering whether it was normal or not?

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        Aknight92 6 years ago

        Hey all. :)

        I just recently got my tongue pierced, this last Friday. It is THEE weirdest thing ever. I didn't exactly think it through. I mean trust me, I asked a million and one questions, but the thought of what it would be like when eating or talking, never crossed my mind; which is a tad bit ironic since I am a "Chatty Cathy," as well as a "big girl." Haha and well, I am sad. Happy that I did it, sad that it is sore and swollen and that I can't talk. My tongue is stiff, and I would rather not talk at all, but as you have read, for me it is pretty inevitable. I L-O-V-E talking. I am glad that the "white," that I sometime see around my piercing is normal. Phew!

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        BAMBOLAXX 6 years ago

        well i got my tongue pierced for the second time and it didn't even hurt at all! its been 4 days and i can already eat solid foods. one advice don't use LISTERINCE.. theres to much alcohol in there... or u can use salt water... after u get your piercing done ask them if they have anything to clean your tongue.. my piercer gave me some h2o salt walter which works wonders...but its pain ful ( just the healing) but after that's it worth iy

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        cynthmarie 6 years ago

        i got my tongue done thursday, it is now sunday. its been 4 days n the swelling still seems to be the exact same as the first day. ive been eating tons of popsicles, drinkin water like its my job, & mouthwashing after everything including smoking. i actually have been eating all kinds of food, although i have to put it to the back of my mouth n chew very slowly. im kind of concerned why the swelling has remained the same.. & why my tongue feels really dry n raw.. ne ideas?

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        Des 6 years ago

        I got my tongue pierced exactly 1 week and 2 days ago. The piercing itself didn't hurt me at all. It didn't even swell for the first 24 hours. Then the next night as i was sleeping it swelled a little. Not a big deal! ICE helps A LOT! The swelling went all the way down on the 5th day, and I changed it myslef on that day. once its changed and the swelling is gone, you don't even know its there. I love mine!

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        Celena 6 years ago

        I just got mine done saturday today is monday and I dot have that much pain I justcant eat good and they said I can't my bf omg I hoped gets better soon a lil wight stuff inside so im kida scarred

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        ßlaqueCOUTURE90 6 years ago

        I just got my tongue piecing last tuesday. I hate being in pain but it was worth it =). It didn't hurt when i first got it dun felt like a toddler was pintching me. 'BUT' the next day was hell! Since i have a very long tung they put it towards the middle so it was quite swollin. My first few days was painfull but i made sure i kept it clean with mouth wash and brushed m teeth and tongue about 3 times a day. Iam a smoker but it didn't bother my piercing at all just had to rinse. They told me to use a sea salt mixture with water and as soon as i did my tongue swell and bleed a lot. I called the piercer he just told me that every1 heals different. So i cutt the sea salt out and did my regular mouth wash rinse,soft foods,and ice cold water/ice cubs. The week went by so fast it dnt feel like i had it that long.If your going thur pain suck it up its worth it. Just dnt pay it no mind and before you kno it will healed. Cnt wait to get a shorter bar soon :)

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        dawna 6 years ago

        seasalt&water mix. no mouthwash. rinse after smoking. rinse after any drinks besides water. brush teeth three times a day. take a multivitamin. suck on icecubes. take ibuprofen.

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        icycold 6 years ago

        I just got mine done have slight swelling but not to bad. Use ibuprofin every 4-6 hours and mouthwash (alcohol free) and if possible sleep in a chair so your head is elevated above your heart as this will reduce blood flow to your tongue reducing the swelling dramatically!!!

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        Zachary Amaya 6 years ago

        Omfg, my tongue hurts so freaking bad, so i got it done its 9:38pm and the bottom of my tongue piercing is like inside my tongue, but i can still see like a little of it, is this normal? well im guessing it is because of the swelling, oh yeah it is swelled up HARDCORE, it hurts :( Please, someone give me advise :(

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        Katie S 6 years ago

        I got mine done yesterday after school. I am a smoker and I am already having problems cutting down. I woke up this morning and my tongue was fatly swollen and I had puss on the bottom of my tongue. My nurse made me take it out and rince with Hydrogen Peroxide and it felt better, but an hour later, the puss came back. What do I do?

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        maya 6 years ago

        Just got mine done yesterday to me it hurt a lot lol i was tearing up but it was worth it. Right now the most irritating thing is the tenderness of the tip of my tongue and the bottom gums hurt. Can't wait till i can eat without pain lol.

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        Brittany 6 years ago

        I'm getting mine 2morro for my 17th birthday and I'm scared as hell about it but ik the pain will be worth it...I dunt du good with pain -____- lol

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        6 years ago

        I got my tongue pierced yesterday, after a long time of wondering if this would be something for me. My tongue is really short, so the pierced had to to it really slowly, so he could check underneath if it was placed right. I was SOOOOO fucking scared, so i turned my head and took my toung inside my mouth when he was halfway. And i even I tightened my tongue. NOT A GOOD IDEA!! so honestly, if you ask me, it hurts like HELL!

        but right after i started drinking ice water. A good tips is to freeze half bottles with water, and fill the rest when its frozen. MUCH better than icecubes. I have no trouble speaking, and my parents haven't even noticed yet! I can even eat good, i found a technique that is perfect! just put the food on the side of your tongue, and push it back! Its easy, but probably because my tongue isn't that swollen. I can still see like 5mm of the barbell!

        if you want your tongue pierced, do it! you wont regret, its awesome! :D:D:D

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        Jen 6 years ago

        I got my tongue pierced 4 days ago and have had no problems, I can eat soild foods, couldn't for the first two days, and I've been smoking, all you have to do is clean it after, and drink a lot of water with ice. Parents haven't even noticed yet (:

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        maggie! 6 years ago

        I have had my tongue done 3 times with no problems except my last one had a lump when I took it out but it went away but tomorrow I am getting the venoms done I am so excited as well as nervous!

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        playboy 6 years ago

        i got ma tongue ring when i was just 14 but then like a month latter i toke f out and did it again when was 16 on nov.26 and now im 17 about to be 18 soon in nov.2 and im about to make a year with my tongue right and t didn't hurt at all to and i didn't have any problem with it eithere

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        -_- 6 years ago

        i couldn't care less about the pain of it.

        i'm just really scarred about getting an infection or a screwed up tongue from it :/

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        kole 6 years ago

        my taste buds are tender as hell on the tip of my tongue ! i got it done yesterday, didn't hurt as bad as i thought.. i love it but CAN NOT WAIT for the shit to heal up.. the way the tip of my tongue feels is annoying. i can't eat nothing and i drool.. A lot.. hope this ice water and mouthwash fixes it up quick

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        Mimi3 6 years ago

        Ok so I got my tongue piercing about 2 weeks ago but I have a lump I front if it is this normal

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        ariaaa 6 years ago

        I got mine 3 weeks ago and it didn't hurt me at me biting my tongue hurt worse then getting it pierced. But i still was able to eat and talk but the bottom was sore for a couple days and i had to eat slow but after like a week it felt completely normal

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        kendall sue 6 years ago

        I just got my tongue pierced last night, it urts like a b!tch lol. It is swollen and stuff, but i think i may have pierced mine too far back, but i can't tell. And idk if you are supposed to, but, i used a 14g even when i first got mine done. Any advice??

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        jimmy 6 years ago

        Didn't see any guys names on here so figured id comment. Got my tongue pierced a week ago, can't wait to switch it out. ( )

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        rhiannon 6 years ago

        i got my toung pierced about a week ago it hurt me quite a lot and when they pierced it loads of blood started driping down me, when it stop he had to take the bar out and put a different one in it hut so much it felt like he pierced it twice. but now it still hurts and the hole at the top has gone really big :(

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        Emmalou 6 years ago

        I've had mine pierced for about eight years now how long will it take to heal if I take it out? I've got an ulcer right by the hole so need to take it out for a bit but I heard they heal really quick

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        Bree 6 years ago

        I just got mine done two days ago and it is very sore! And the hole in my mouth is bigger than the ball! should it be that way? It looks like the ball is sitting inside my tongue instaed of on top of it. Idk if that is normal or not!

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        Erika 6 years ago

        I finally got my tongue pierced and the actual piercing hurt much less than my nose piercing. It shocked me actually. The swelling on the first 2-3 days is terrible and annoying, but I'm on day 6 now and I'm eating chicken nuggets and everything. It's sore when I wake up, but after I brush and rinse with the mouthwash it's back to normal. I'm excited about putting in my shorter bar next week!

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        Laz 6 years ago

        well i got my tongue pierced like 4 days ago they told me i wasn't suppose to smoke for about a week but dam the swellingnes hurt so much i had to smoke so today i woke up and like lilitery on the tip of my tongue i have a big as lump like bigggg its like 5cm from my piercing any1 know if this is normal i look in the mirror and stick out my tong and it looks like an alien space ship with an antena like a frizby a fat 1 with a glass on top lol this is 4th day of piercing

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        danielle chrisitne 6 years ago

        i just got mine done like 3 days ago and its swollen and i can't eat ANYTHING im so hungry; how long does it take to be able to eat something solid?

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        Emily duhh trick 6 years ago

        I juss got my tongue pierced yeserday the actually piercing didn't hurt but now it hurts im juss ready to eat right this sweeling is annoying n I can't barely tlk

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        Luke  6 years ago

        thinking about getting my tongue done next week, just worried about all the swelling!

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        michelle 6 years ago

        i got mine done 5 days ago. and my tongue is still very swollen. the acual piecing hurt more than i thought i would give it a 7 out of 10. i have a lot of other piecing and this one hurt the worst. i still can't eat very much and lost a lot of weight because of this piecing. but i know in a couple days time it will be all worth it ;] does anyone know how long you have to wait to drink acolhol?

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        lilli 6 years ago

        i got my tongue pierced about 3 days ago and its kinda bothering me and i would just like to know if its optional to take it now if i wanted to?

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        Toni 6 years ago

        I just got mines yesterday and its pretty tender today. Its not as bad as i thought it was gonna be. Its swelled up doe. I think I'll have to stick with my water and ice the rest of the day


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