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Has wound on tongue and skin has come off. Tongue is swollen. What to do?

My uncle has a piece of his tongue out while eating... wound being 1 cm tear and the skin has come off. It started one n a half hrs back. He is on a low dose aspirin too.. does he need a stitch or just ice? The tongue is swollen and the piece has come out from the center. We tried intermittent compression and ice. What do we do?
Asked On : Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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Hi there,

You did the right thing with intermittent compression and ice application. Is it bleeding profusely or has it stopped.

If it is bleeding profusely, he needs to visit a doctor.

If it is a small wound and the bleeding has stopped, don't worry about it , it will heal on its own. Right now , he can suck an ice cube or so.

Avoid salty and spicy food for a couple of days.
Have a liquid or semi solid diet ,that is easy to swallow.
After 1 day or so , do warm saline gargles three times a day OR listerine mouth wash twice a day .

Do get back to me for further clarifications.

Wishing your uncle a speedy recovery .

Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan
Answered: Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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