Admin Neon, from one pierced tongue pal to another: suck on ice, take ibuprofen for a few days, and sleep with your head elevated. It'll all help the swelling go down faster. And after your healing period is over and you can change your jewelry, check out bioplast tongue bars! They come in fun colors and are less damaging to your teeth than metal (and easier to clean than acrylic since you can swipe them down with rubbing alcohol, which will degrade acrylic)
omg thanks so much for the advice!! I’ve been googling everything and asking my friend who has one how she handled when she first got hers. I’m actually drinking a slurpee right now as I type this, haha. Just scared my boyfriend because he thought the red cherry flavoring was my tongue being inflamed, whoops! Taking an ibuprofen actually sounds nice right about now though. I never realized how much you use your tongue just doing things as simple as using a straw… ugh. Last night I dreamed I was eating chocolate and I woke up with my tongue SUPER SORE because I guess I had been rolling the end of the barbell in my sleep. Maaaannnn.