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Lip injury causing heavy bleeding - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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User :   My lip started to bleed while I was in class tonight. It bled heavily for about 5 minutes. The quantity of blood and duration of bleeding concerned me. What could this be?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr, XXX
Doctor :   Why did it bleed?
Doctor :   Did you bite it?
Doctor :   Was it cracked or parched one?
User :   Could have absentmindedly. A little dry but not overly so.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   The lips are red this is because they have lot of blood in them
Doctor :   hence if one has a cracked lip or bit the lip or injured
Doctor :   the amount of blood lost is more
Doctor :   It should not be a concern for you now
Doctor :   Do you understand?
Doctor :   Hello are you with me?
User :   Yes. It just seemed like a lot of blood flow for a long time. Usually you would think a little blood might seep out and you could contain it with pressure. It surprised me.
Doctor :   yes the pressure should be applied for minimum of 15 minutes here
Doctor :   I doubt if you have done it
Doctor :   Now the healing of the lip is faster
Doctor :   because of its high blood supply
Doctor :   hence apply vaseline or petroleum jelly
Doctor :   and do not lick the lip with the tongue
User :   okay. Thank you.
Doctor :   Any thing else I can help you with?
User :   No thank you.
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