I got my vertical labret pierced on saturday and I haven't had any problems with it so far until today around 10pm. Out of nowhere, my lip started GUSHING blood like nobody's business. Not like drip drip, but like when you turn the faucet on really low.. like streaming out of my lip. I applied pressure and it clotted, but then started up again a little while later, did the same thing and it stopped again. Then the third time that it happened, it wouldn't stop. My mom and I went to the emergency room, I was getting light headed and shaky and my mom thought I was going to bleed to death (I had already filled up a whole trash bag with bloody tissues).
When I finally saw the doctor, she took one look at it and immediately said "It's infected, it needs to come out." Obviously to which I said that if it is indeed infected that it wasn't coming out. She stood there and argued with me for a while about this. She asked someone to get some hydrogen peroxide to which I told her she was NOT putting anywhere near my piercing. She was making me SO angry that I was practically sobbing.
Meanwhile, I've got Niagra Falls streaming down my chest and she orders me antibiotics. She was pulling and tugging at my piercing to clean the blood off (which if I kept it in, could have caused hypertrophic scarring, or if taken out, would leave more scar tissue) so I was absolutely livid by this point. After jerking it around for about 20 minutes, she said that I had to take it out or it wouldn't stop bleeding. I argued with her again about how if it was indeed infected that I shouldn't take the jewelry out, so she left me in the room for about an hour to see if the bleeding would stop with pressure and ice.
After quite a while of pressure and ice, she returned and the bleeding hadn't subsided so she took it out. If an infection builds up inside my lip and has to be cut out, I'm going to sue her.
My discharge instructions tell me to clean the infection with hydrogen peroxide which I feel is NOT what I should do. Should I continue doing my SSS? (once all of the bleeding has subsided)
What do you guys think about this? Please tell me I'm not going crazy. I absolutely can not believe that I was treated this way by a medical "professional".
What could have caused the bleeding? Is that something common with infections? I didn't bite it or catch it on anything, it was just out of nowhere. The doctor also said that it would be ok to be re-pierced later, but do you think that maybe it was pierced through a major vein and shouldn't be pierced there again?
I just had to rant about this before going to bed. Thanks in advance.( it was cute though...Collapse )