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Swelling on lip after stitches. Help

i had stitches on my lower lip after a fall. it has been 5 years now, but my lip at de stiched area still has a swelling . the horrible part is people keep asking me why there is a ball at my lip. Its really affecting my esteem issues and i m getting bullied and made fun of because if this swell . please do help me. !:(
Asked On : Mon, 22 Oct 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
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Due to the high vascularization ( blood supply ) and innervation , it is normal after suturing to develop swelling and mild bleeding, especially taking in consideration the lip, that often moved. I would advice you regular cleaning suture lines with antiseptic to minimize crust formation and prevent infection. To reduce swelling you may try oral tablets antihistamines such cetirizine, plus continue diclofenac ( that also reduce pain and swelling), and antibiotic to prevent infection. Avoid hot and spicy meal and any mechanical action of the lip. Review with your Doctor after few days ( generally sutures can be removed after 7 days ). All this measures will help you and will improve your condition.
I wish you good luck and speedy recovery.

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Answered: Sat, 24 Aug 2013
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