Miscellaneous epilepsy topics


What to do for a bitten tongue?

People often bite their tongues during generalized tonic-clonic convulsions. The bad news is that it hurts. The good news is that tongues heal very rapidly. If the tongue is lacerated half-way across it may require stitches, and for that your local emergency room's plastic surgeon on call can be helpful. For the 99.9% of lacerations that are less severe than that, a recommendation is...
  1. Brush your teeth three times a day.
  2. Peridex 15 milliliters twice daily. Rinse for 30 seconds and spit it out. Continue for several days or until the laceration is closed.
Tongue lacerations heal very quickly. Even a deep laceration is usually closed by the next day and pretty well healed in several more days.