The Scariest Thing Happened to This Woman’s Lips After Whitening Her Teeth.
On Facebook, Cosmopolitan writer Elizabeth Narins reported on one woman’s quest to celebrate the removal of her braces by having her teeth whitened – and the shocking consequences.
When Abbie Kilbride, an 18-year-old from Renfrew, Scotland, got her braces off, she booked a teeth-whitening session with a woman (not a dentist) who was recommended by some friends on Facebook. After the 60-minute treatment, which was rendered without any inquiries about Abbie’s health history or allergies, she noticed her lips were incredibly swollen:This content is imported from Facebook. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.
“My whole mouth was numb,” she wrote in a Facebook post detailing the situation. “I just assumed it was because I had a gum shield in my mouth for over an hour, but when I looked in the mirror my lips were quite swollen and I was struggling to talk.” Instead of suggesting a solution (or calling the paramedics), the woman who’d treated Abbie said her reaction was normal and suggested she — wait for it — apply some lipstick.
Abbie went home and took an antihistamine and iced her lips, which seemed to reduce the swelling. But the next morning, she woke up with her lips stuck together, with the right side especially inflamed.This content is imported from Facebook. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.
She went to see a general practitioner, who laughed at her and told her “It was a lesson learned,” according to Abbie. She developed upward of 10 mouth blisters, which is when she consulted a pharmacist who recommended an ointment — but even that didn’t help.
“My whole mouth felt like it was on fire like after you eat something extremely spicy,” she wrote in her post. “Trying to eat, drink or speak was the sorest and most uncomfortable pain I’ve had.”This content is imported from Facebook. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.
It wasn’t until she consulted NHS 24, Scotland’s health hotline, that she received a useful suggestion: to head straight to a dental hospital. There, a team of dentists and nurses (who’d never seen such a reaction) gave her a diagnosis: Abbie was suffering from third-degree burns and a possible allergic reaction.
Now on proper medication and, luckily, on the mend, Abbie has to stick to a strict diet of soup and scrambled eggs, the only foods she can eat comfortably.
But Abbie doesn’t want revenge. She just wants other people to exercise caution before trusting a rando to perform even a basic cosmetic procedure.
“I always just assumed the only thing that could really go wrong with teeth whitening was that you don’t notice a change in color,” she wrote. “This is definitely something I had never heard of until now, [and I] wouldn’t wish my worst enemy to go through this pain.”
Be careful out there!