Nose Piercing Aftercare Tips & Tricks

by noseringsadmin on November 25, 2008

Well, you just got your new nose piercing. Congratulations!

However, before you can enjoy your fresh nose piercing, you have to follow some simple nose piercing aftercare tips to avoid anything unpleasant!

Most likely you’ll be given aftercare guidelines at the piercing studio. Nevertheless,  I’ll give you a few universal nose piercing aftercare recommendations. If you are unsure about anything in this article, or if our advice contradicts advice given to you by your piercing professional, you can contact me by leaving a message at the end of the post. I’ll do my best to help.

So, what’s going to happen right after the nose piercing is done? The fresh nose piercing will swell up a little bit. But don’t worry, it’s normal. A piercing is a wound, and wounds take time to heal. The swelling is going to disappear within the next few days, and the pain will subside as well, if there’s any.

There a several types of nose piercing – like nostril piercing, septum piercing, bridge piercing etc. Pain during the piercing and the healing periods will differ. However, the piercing cleaning guidelines are more or less the same.

So the first nose piercing aftercare recommendation – never touch your fresh nose piercing with dirty hands. Use common sense and wash your hands before touching, cleaning or moving your fresh nose ring, stud or barbell.

Secondly – cleaning. This is pretty simple as well. You just have to get a saline solution and clean the nose piercing 2 – 3 times daily. If you can’t get one in a drugstore, you can make the saline solution yourself. Just dilute about 4 teaspoons of non iodized sea salt to 1 gallon of boiled water and the cleansing liquid is ready to use.

For fresh nose piercing cleaning you can use simple cotton buds. Just don’t forget to change them when cleaning the inside and the outside of the piercing to avoid cross-contamination. At the end, when you’ve cleaned the fresh nose piercing, just wipe the excess moisture off using a new dry cotton wool bud and that’s it!

Another nose piercing aftercare tip – when applying make-up, avoid covering your fresh nose piercing with it. This one is obviously more relevant to girls. And if you’ve just got a septum piercing, you can’t really get your make-up inside of the nose! But for other types of nose piercing – nostril piercing and bridge piercing – please keep in mind not to apply make-up to the area.

The last nose piercing aftercare tip – don’t try to insert a new nose ring before the piercing has healed well. The new skin that forms inside the fresh nose piercing is very tender, and you can damage it very easily. So it’s better to wait until the piercing is well healed, it’s not tender to touch and not swollen or  red in color.

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The approximate healing times for the nose piercings are following – nostril piercing 4 – 6 weeks. Septum piercing – 1 – 3 months. And bridge piercing can take up to a year. So as you can see, the easiest to heal is the simple nostril piercing, but the most difficult is the bridge piercing because it’s essentially a surface piercing.

Well, that’s it about nose piercing aftercare – everything is simple and you just have to use common sense. Wash hands before touching the nose ring, clean it a few times a day with saline solution, and keep the nose ring, stud or barbell in until the piercing is well healed.

And, of course, if you notice any discharge from the fresh nose piercing, go back to the piercing studio or visit your doctor. Especially – if the piercing is swollen and it’s oozing yellow or green substances.

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{ 396 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer September 28, 2014 at 6:01 am

My parents don’t know I have a piercing and I keep taking it out. Is that bad?

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noseringsadmin October 2, 2014 at 5:27 am

Well Jennifer, it’s definitely not good to keep taking it out and putting it back it – especially if it’s not healed yet!

By doing so, you’ll only irritate the piercing wound and prevent it from healing fast which may result in an infection.

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Adriana September 21, 2014 at 7:59 am

I got my nose pierced with a stud on Sept. 30. I have been cleaning it twice a day with salt and water solution. I know I have to wait at least a month to change the stud, but how can you tell when your piercing is completely healed and okay? Another concerned I have is that I havent used my face wash because I know we arent supposed to alcohol near the area, but when will it be okay to begin using face wash again?

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noseringsadmin October 2, 2014 at 5:45 am

Hi Adriana,

Any piercing goes through several stages of healing and while it may seem healed very well to you, in fact the new skin formed inside the piercing channel is still tender and prone to damage.

Nostril piercings can take 3 – 4 months to heal completely, but once you stop having “crusties” around the piercing edges – that’s when the second healing stage is over end the piercing wound has formed a brand new layer of new skin cells.

That’s when you can start using your face wash again – in the beginning though you may want to cover the piercing with a tiny piece of a plaster or something to prevent it from getting dried out by the alcohol content in the face wash. If it happens though, you can use emu oil to moisturize the piercing and prevent the skin from getting too dry!

Hope it helps,

Robert

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Lauressa September 20, 2014 at 4:21 am

Hi! I just got my nose pierced last night. My piercer said to was it with antibacterial soap and rince with warm salt water. The only problem is, he never told me what size I have. What is the normal size for a new corkscrew stud?

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Lauressa September 20, 2014 at 4:22 am

Sorry, I meant wash it with anti bacterial soap and rinse with warm salt water.

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noseringsadmin October 2, 2014 at 6:11 am

Hi Lauressa,

Typical corkscrew nose rings are 20 gauge, sometimes 18.

I wouldn’t personally advise on anti bacterial soap – salt water soaks will do just fine!

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Catherine September 15, 2014 at 5:27 am

I got my nostril pierced about a month ago. It was healing fine for the first couple of weeks and then a few days ago it got kind of irritated and swelled up. That’s gone down and I’ve been cleaning twice a day with saline solution and tea tree oil. However I’m still worried since the piercing almost seems loose in the hole. The ring I have is a nose screw. I should also mention that my job doesn’t approve of visible piercings so I’ve been covering the piercing with a piece of band aid about 4-5 days a week for 5-7 hours a day at most. I don’t really have much choice since I refuse to take it out just because my boss doesn’t like it. Anyway, does anyone have advice for me, or can at least tell me if piercing should shrink up a little bit since I’m afraid the piercing is sinking/the hole is stretching? Thanks.

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noseringsadmin October 2, 2014 at 6:07 am

Hi Catherine,

It would be very unusual for the piercing to stretch – normally it’s the other way around – piercings quite naturally tend to close up and they form as tight piercing tunnel as possible so the only thing I can think of is the following.

Maybe the piercer used a slightly bigger gauge needle when performing the procedure in which case the screw is probably one gauge too small to fill the piercing tunnel.

Go to another piercing parlor to get second opinion and if I’m right – get a new piece that’s the right fit for your piercing!

Hope this helps!

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Vegm September 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Hi ! I have a problem with my ring nose, it has been four months since my nose was pierced and two since I put a ring. It’s a segment ring and the segment is in the hole and I can’t move it, it’s totally blocked. So I can’t even remove it, it’s stuck in my nose ! How can I do to turn it ? Is it possible that the hole closed a little ? Or maybe my skin is stuck on the ring ?
Thank you very much for your answer !

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noseringsadmin October 2, 2014 at 6:01 am

Well, there’s a possibility that when the segment part was placed in the piercing, the new skin hadn’t developed fully yet, so by now it’s kind of grown around the edges of the segment thus preventing the entire nose ring from being turned.

You should definitely visit the piercing shop where you got it done – or some other studio – and get professional help!

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spanditha September 13, 2014 at 3:35 am

Hi after I pierced my nose I used neosparin ointment is it OK?? And then is a little swelling as well!!! This is my 5th day of piercing!!!!

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noseringsadmin October 2, 2014 at 5:56 am

Neosporin isn’t the right thing to treat your fresh piercing with – seal salt soaks is the way forward.

Little swelling is fine, by now it should have actually gone down because it’s been almost a month since you got pierced.

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Rachael Mersino September 12, 2014 at 10:59 pm

I just got my nose pierced and the lady forgot to ask if I was enemic. needless to say I am.so apparently when she pierced at the first time the blood pushed the needle out and it took another two tries before she got it in so obviously my nose is really sore. I had blood dripping down my face and she kept using the same needle with out serializing and I had to remind her to clean it before re-piercing. She told me to use bactine, but I’ve heard saline was better. Is this true? Now my piercing is sore and dry and feels stuck when I try to move it. Is this normal?
I really want a new stud that stands out. Maybe blue. So I hope you pick this story and help me with my delima.
Thanks in advance
RACHAEL MERSINO

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noseringsadmin October 2, 2014 at 5:53 am

Yes, sounds like your piercer wasn’t the most professional around, unfortunately not all people working in the industry are up to standards!

Now, definitely don’t use Bactine – its manufacturer has actually stated it’s not to be used on piercings! Sea salt soaks is the way to go, and keep doing it twice daily and don’t try to move the piercing yet because the wound has to start healing and you may want to avoid any additional trauma on top of what it had to go through while getting pierced!

Wait a week or so before trying to move it a little – and give it a long soak before attempting to do so. If it doesn’t work, there’s a chance the piercer inserted a stud that’s too large for your piercing (in other words, the wrong size needle was used while performing the piercing) and then you definitely should consider visiting a more professional piercer to get it changed for the right size jewelry.

Hope this helps!

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Kmm September 9, 2014 at 3:18 am

Hi!
I just got my nose pierced on Friday evening (it’s now Monday night) but on Saturday my stud started sinking into my nose and I had to keep pushing it back out until I could clean it (I was at a concert and couldn’t clean it right away) and it then it stayed above the surface. It looks 10x better now but it still feels a little swollen and I’m afraid that the ring is pushing into my nose on the inside (it’s the screw kind). Is this normal? Is my healing time being affected from where it sunk? I’m so paranoid that it’s going to be infected or something! lol. I’m cleaning it 3 times a day with sea salt mixture and it’s not red or irritated unless I bump it or something. It’s kind of itchy which means healing I suppose? Idk.

Also, are you supposed to twist the jewelry to keep it from sticking? I’ve heard so many different answers on this question..
Thank you in advance for help! :)

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noseringsadmin September 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Congrats on the new piercing!

As for the jewelry sinking in, I’m happy to hear that the problem has stopped. If you do notice it sinking in again, however, I strongly suggest that you pay another visit to your piercer to have the jewelry changed to one with a slightly larger stud/ball on the outside.

It’s generally not wise to switch jewelry while the piercing is still healing but it’s better to have it changed out by a professional once than to lose the jewelry in the piercing hole and have the piercing heal over the top, leaving the jewelry stuck inside.

The healing process will be slightly delayed by any trauma the piercing site experiences including having to push the jewelry back out again, accidentally bumping the piercing, etc. so you want to avoid such situations as much as possible, though a bump here and there shouldn’t cause significant damage to the piercing or prevent your body from healing as long as you’re caring for the piercing properly. Swelling is still normal and nothing to worry about unless it doesn’t go away after several days without trauma (ie: if you bump it, it may swell up again) or unless accompanied by any signs of infection such as excessive redness in the area, sharp pains especially when touching the piercing, or green or yellow discharge.

Since you don’t seem to have any of those symptoms, your piercing sounds fine for the time being! The itching is normal and is simply a sign of healing.

As for how far into the nostril the jewelry should rest, it should not be poking into the nostril wall opposite the piercing hole. If it is, your jewelry may be sunken in further than in should be or, possibly, the bar of the jewelry is too long for your anatomy. You’ll probably switch your jewelry to a piece with a shorter bar after healing anyway but if the piece you have in now is causing you discomfort or stabbing you you should discuss this with your piercer so that he/she can get your jewelry switched to a more comfortable piece.

Regarding whether you should twist your jewelry during healing, there’s a reason behind the confusion: most piercing types don’t benefit from having the jewelry twisted in the socket during healing. In fact, this just increases the risk of tearing newly healed skin. Nose piercings are slightly different, however, particularly depending on the type of jewelry being used in the piercing. While you still run the risk of tearing newly healed skin, without turning the jewelry you risk a sort of groove forming where the jewelry rests inside the nostril, making it hard to turn or remove the jewelry in the future.

The best solution is to turn the jewelry back and forth slowly and gently while in the shower or during cleaning. Be sure not to overdo it or remove the jewelry though.

Just a couple of small back and forth turns every now and then should be plenty!

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Nicole b September 4, 2014 at 3:34 am

I got my nose pierced professionally with a 16 gage needle 2 weeks ago. It has been doing pretty good but the last couple days I noticed a little crust when cleaning it. And after I cleaned it tonight I noticed it was oozing a little blood. Is it infected? It itches a lot maybe I’m allergic to the metal? What should I do? Please help

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noseringsadmin September 12, 2014 at 5:22 am

Hi Nicole,

While there is a possibility that your piercer may have used a type of jewelry that you might be allergic to, it’s extremely uncommon for a professional piercer to use jewelry types that are not hypoallergenic (extremely unlikely to cause an allergic reaction), particularly in new piercings. Generally, a professional piercer will use stainless steel as it will not deteriorate in your piercing socket or cause an allergic reaction. Itching in and around a new piercing site is not highly uncommon unless it come in combination with a rash, in which case I recommend immediately consulting your piercer about having the jewelry switched as the one used on you is likely nickel-containing and is causing you an allergic reaction. If there is NO rash present, your issue is probably quite simple but can be caused by a few different things:

In general, itching is usually sign of healing. Often, it doesn’t start until a few days after your body suffers the trauma of the new wound (in this case a piercing) but as your body attempts to heal itself it can cause the sensation of itchiness that can sometimes be difficult to resist scratching. There are ways to lessen the discomfort though.

First of all, avoid over-cleaning it as this can cause the site to dry out, causing the skin to crack and sometimes itch or bleed. Don’t use harsh cleaning solutions, especially ones with alcohol. If using a sea salt solution for cleaning, consider using slightly less sea salt in the solution. Don’t clean more than twice or so per day unless you absolutely have to (ie: if your day consists of spending time in a dirty environment that can’t be avoided). As long as the site is staying clean and healthy, there’s no need to excessively mess with or clean it.

Crusties are also common during healing as your body excretes fluid in order to help it heal. As long as the fluid is primarily clear in color with no heavy bleeding or greenish or yellowish pus, don’t worry! Just try not to pick the crusties off as this can cause bleeding, scarring, delayed healing, and potentially lead to infection as well. If you must remove the crusties, make sure you do it when the area is moist, the crusties are soft, and your hands are clean. You don’t want to tear your new skin! In the shower, when the crusties are softened from the moisture, is the best time to gently wipe them away if you must remove them. Be sure not to touch the piercing site with dirty hands and don’t move the piercing excessively when it’s healing, especially when it’s dry.

As for the blood, as long as it stays to a minimum and you’re not noticing signs of infection such as fever, extreme pain, excessive redness or swelling that doesn’t go down, or green or yellow pus, just keep treating the piercing normally, cleaning a couple of times per day as instructed, avoiding excessive contact with the piercing, and keeping an eye on it. As the piercing heals, the itching, crusties, and bleeding should all decrease and eventually go away completely!

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Nicole b September 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm

So I have now had my piercing for a month the good news is the bleeding has stopped but I have a small bump under my piercing. I’m worried it won’t go away I’m not sure what to do. Please help

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noseringsadmin September 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

There are a few different types of nose piercing bumps and treatment varies based on which type of bump you have. Granulomas, which are harmless over-growths of tissue that bleed easily and may contain yellow or clear fluid, respond positively to tea tree oil or hydrocortisone cream.

Pustules and abscesses, which resemble pimples and may have pus, are bumps with infections. Pustules can be treated with antibiotic gels and creams. Abscesses, which are hard lump formations under the skin, are serious medical conditions for which you should seek medical attention.

Keloids and all forms of scar tissue also require medical attention and should not be left untreated.

All nose bumps can be treated or removed so don’t worry too much but the treatment does vary depending on the type of bump so you’ll want to be sure you’re not ignoring the bump and that you’re treating it properly!

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Shanna August 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Hello. I just got my nostril pierced today. It was a difficult piercing. The guy who did it explained that the stud would only go about 3/4 through. The only way to leave with a piercing would be to put a ring in it. He told me to let it heal before I try to change to a stud, which is what is allowed at work. I work tomorrow night and need to change from the ring to stud before work. Do you have any suggestions on how I should do this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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noseringsadmin September 12, 2014 at 5:21 am

Hi Shanna,

Was the person who pierced you a professional piercer? Unless he was out of jewelry that would fit a new nose piercing at the time, there’s no reason why a stud would only go 3/4 of the way into your piercing or that you should have to leave with a ring. Once you’ve been pierced, however, it is NOT advisable to change your jewelry before your piercing has healed completely.

If you must change it though, you should definitely have it done by a professional piercer and, in your case, perhaps a different piercer who will have suitable nose jewelry for you that you can wear to work and that will be safe to keep in during the healing process.

I don’t, by any means, recommend attempting to change the jewelry yourself but if you do so anyway please be sure to do so with clean hands and clean, sterile jewelry, only change the jewelry once until it’s fully healed, and be sure that the jewelry you use is both safe for your new piercing (ie: made from stainless steel, the correct gauge, etc.) and that the post of the jewelry is long enough to accommodate for any swelling that may occur during healing.

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leah August 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

Hello I had my nostril pierced yesterday with a gun but she didn’t. Put the back on. I’ve been given. A solution to clean it with and was told it would take 2-4 weeks to heal. The stud is very big, I work in a law firm and have read that others have changed there piercings before they healed. Can I put a smaller stud in? What are the risks? Thanks Leah
Leah

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noseringsadmin September 12, 2014 at 5:20 am

Hi Leah,

It is NOT advisable to get your nose or other body parts pierced with a gun for numerous reasons starting with, but not limited to, the fact that there is an increased risk of blood contamination when being pierced by a gun due to many factors such as the fact that the guns are typically made with plastic which cannot be sterilized in an autoclave.

Since you’ve already been pierced this way, however, all you can do now is care for your new piercing to the best of your ability and do what you can to keep it healthy. As far as your piercing jewelry having no back, most types of nose jewelry don’t. Pieces such as nose bones/studs, l-shaped nose pins, and hoops, for example, do not require backs to stay in.

Depending on what type of jewelry you have in, you may very well not need a back for it. You should assure that you do have the correct type of nose jewelry in, particularly for the healing process, and that the bar of the jewelry is long enough to accommodate for any potential swelling. If you’re not sure, you should consult a professional piercer or do a quick Google search for nose ring types to see which type you have in and how it should be fitting. (Of course, if you have any trouble finding the info you’re looking for, you can always come back and ask here as well!)

As for changing your jewelry this early on, I STRONGLY advise against it. The risks include such things as getting bacteria inside the new piercing, irritating the piercing site so that it takes longer to heal or scars, tearing the skin and having the piercing site not heal properly, and even infection which can cause you to lose the piercing altogether.

If you must change the jewelry, please have it done properly and with the right jewelry by a professional piercer and only have it changed once until you’re fully healed.

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Kyary August 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Hello–I got my nose pierced with a gun exactly a month ago. My nose didn’t seem to be reacting well to the steel stud, so I decided to change it to a gold screw just today on the advice of my doctor (I heard it was ok to change after a month). So I washed my hands, sterilized the new screw, and did a salt water soak to clean my nose before changing. However there was some bleeding and pain as I struggled to wriggle the screw in. I did a saline soak right after, too. It’s sore, a bit swollen, and bleeding a little, which makes sense but I’m worried. Did I tear my piercing? Is my piercing doomed? Is it sure to get infected? What would you advise?? Sorry for being hysterical, and thanks so much for your time!

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Kyary August 24, 2014 at 7:45 am

Update: its the next day and its less swollen/red. Still, I have the same questions. Also, the screw seems to be sitting crooked— the stone doesn’t face up but is sort of turned downwards. Is this an additional problem? Thanks again

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noseringsadmin September 12, 2014 at 5:19 am

Hi Kyary,

The start of your issues likely stemmed from the fact that you were pierced with a gun.

Not only is there a higher risk than with a piercing needle of the gun being unsterile but the way a piercing gun works – shoving a blunt object through your skin – causes much more trauma to your body than a piercing needle does.

This does not, however, mean that your piercing is doomed. If you were pierced with a surgical stainless steel stud, any reaction you’ve had was likely to the trauma of the new piercing itself and not the piercing jewelry. If the jewelry was not surgical stainless steel, it’s possible that your reaction was to a nickel content within the metal of the jewelry.

The same issue could be affecting you with your new gold jewelry piece if the gold is not 18 or 24 karat as anything less can potentially contain significant amounts of nickel which can lead to an allergic reaction if you do, indeed, have a nickel allergy.

As for when to change your jewelry, that can have some effect as well. Different people heal at different speeds but it’s common for nose piercings to require a few months to heal and the jewelry shouldn’t be switched out before the piercing has fully healed. At this point, since you have switched your jewelry, I would normally say to just continue caring for it and keep an eye on it as it heals, watching for signs of infection and assuring that the complications are getting better instead of worse. That would be, of course, assuming that the gold you have in right now is 18 or 24 karat or that you’re certain you do not have a nickel allergy.

If the gold piece is less that 18 karats and you’re not certain about a potential nickel allergy, I’d recommend seeing your doctor in order to get a patch test, which can determine whether a nickel allergy is the issue. If it’s not the issue and the jewelry fits the piercing properly, I’d say, again, to just continue with your regular aftercare routine. Since you said the jewelry isn’t sitting properly now though, I think it’s very important that you see your piercer and have it looked at.

This issue can be due to a number of things such as the jewelry not being pushed all the way through, swelling, or an issue with the jewelry. You do not want to risk losing your piercing or, more importantly, your health so get it checked out. Then, once the jewelry is in place again and you’re free from allergy concerns, it should be much smoother sailing for you and your piercing.

Good luck to you on getting it all sorted out and I hope this long reply helps!

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Apple August 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Hi, I pierced m nose 4 days ago using a piercing gun (pistol) and a stud that’s ideally meant for ears! First of all I didnt know it’s not good to use a gun. I was feeling quite alright on day one but as the days progressed, I kinda started feeling more pain. I have been cleaning the piercing twice a day with warm water & salt…started using antiseptic liquid which I leave on the piercing after the salty cleanse. So right now, the pain is bearable but my nose is swollen….not visibly but then I can tell it’s swollen because my pin seems to be sinking into the flesh. I have tried removing the stopper (back of the earring) but I have not been successful because it’s painful and since the pin has sunk into my flesh, I can barely hold onto it enough so that I can pull it apart from it’s stopper. What do I do…mostly to bring down the swelling so that the pin can get back to the surface? I NEED URGENT HELP

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noseringsadmin August 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Wow, sounds like a rough time. I’m so sorry to hear about your troubles! First off, I HIGHLY recommend that you seek professional, medical help, especially if you’ve noticed any signs of infection, as your health and safety always come first. You may loose the piercing, depending on the condition and severity of your piercing issue, though there’s a good chance you’ll need to have it redone properly and by a professional piercer after it heals anyway.

In the meantime or if you absolutely can’t get medical help or at least visit a local piercer for a look and professional opinion regarding your piercing, use some ice to bring down the swelling. You can also take anti-inflammatory pain killers to both ease the pain and decrease the swelling.

As for your aftercare routine, be sure that you’re using SEA salt, not table salt, solutions and that you’re only cleaning the site a couple of times per day as you don’t want it to become too dry. I would discontinue use of the antiseptic liquid altogether and definitely don’t leave it on the piercing. After using your sea salt solution to clean the piercing, you should rinse the piercing thoroughly with clean water and pat dry with a paper towel/CLEAN towel (as old towels can harbor bacteria).

I would really have the jewelry removed by a professional, let the piercing site heal, and start over but if you choose to keep it you’ll at least need to switch the jewelry out to something more suited for the healing process of a new nose piercing. In order to do this, you’re going to have to get brave when you get the swelling down and grab both ends – the stud and the stopper – WITH CLEAN HANDS to undo and remove the piercing. Be sure you have your new jewelry piece ready when you do this and put it in RIGHT AWAY. It should be the same gauge as you pierced your nose with originally and should have a long stem and a large enough stud (unless you use a ring) so that it does not become stuck or sink in during healing and so that there’s room to accommodate for swelling without causing you pain.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use caution and your best judgement in this situation. A nose piercing is awesome to have but you want it to look and feel right and, most importantly, you don’t want to risk your well-being over it. Best of luck to you with resolving your situation and I hope all this was helpful!

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Apple August 28, 2014 at 7:51 am

Thank you so so much. I finally removed the original stud with the help of a friend (she held onto the stud firmly while I held onto the stopper and we both pulled). The pain was bearable because the swelling was starting to come down and the piercing was starting to heal. I now put a small nose pin which is not giving me any worries so far. The depression which had been created by the stud has also disappeared. I look mostly ok just that the area sorrounding the piercing is still a little bit darker than the rest of my nose. But I am sure it will even out. The healing is progressing well and on a scale of 100%, I feel just 4% pain!

Thank you for this forum

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noseringsadmin September 12, 2014 at 5:16 am

I’m so glad to hear about your successes with your piercing and so happy to be able to help!! Best of luck with your future piercing endeavors and always feel free to leave a comment if you need piercing assistance in the future!

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Scarlett August 20, 2014 at 3:04 am

Hey,
I got my septum done yesterday and it’s swollen (of course, this is expected to happen)
but it seems to be pushing the horseshoe up. The piercer advised me to keep pushing it down and it’ll eventually stay down but when I push it down it seems to irritate the piercing more causing it to bleed.
I was wondering if there was anything I could do?

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noseringsadmin August 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Hi, personally I’d move the jewelry around as little as possible during healing.

The reason I say this is because as the tissue in the area tries to repair and heal itself it can be very delicate and easily torn. This will cause you more pain and can lead to infection, especially due to the prolonged healing time (more opportunities for bacteria to get in). If the jewelry is coming up too much, I’d try pushing it down when area is more moist and any crusty buildup has been washed away so that ripping and tearing of the tissue is less likely to occur. During a shower or when cleaning the piercing is the best time for this.

Also, your hands and the piercing site should be cleanest during these times meaning there is less chance of introducing bacteria into the area and getting an infection.

Either way, once the piercing has fully healed and the skin is no longer trying to tighten and form back into place, it will be much easier to maneuver the jewelry into place so that it rests where you want it (outside your nose or even tucked inside when it suits you). The fluids your body excretes during healing will no longer be drying onto the jewelry and causing it to sit higher than normal.

At that point, it should be significantly easier to position the jewelry as you’d like. :)

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Yvonne Silva September 5, 2014 at 5:13 am

Hi just got my nose piercings today . I fell asleep and when I woke up it was stuck to my blanket I took it off slowly but it came out a little bit I pushed it in but it won’t go all the way in what do I do

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noseringsadmin September 12, 2014 at 5:17 am

If the jewelry is not going all the way back in, there’s a good chance the back of the piercing has already started to heal back up without the jewelry in it. Don’t try to force it back in! I’d advise taking a trip to see your piercer again and explaining the situation. He or she should be able to help you to either get the piece back in or possibly select a piece more likely to stay in place during healing so this issue does not repeat itself in the future. Thanks for your inquiry and good luck with your piercing!

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Miranda August 14, 2014 at 6:19 am

Hello! I got my nose pierced two days ago, and I was told to use Bactine and cotton swabs to clean the piercing. After reading this, it makes me a little nervous because you said to use salt water or saline and other websites have said to NOT use the Bactine. What do I do?

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noseringsadmin August 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Hi Miranda,

Hi! I do recommend sea salt solutions or saline but bactine isn’t a complete no-no. It can be a bit harsh on and dry out healing piercings, which is why some piercers/people are so strongly against it, but there are many stories of people using it on their new piercings and never having any issues.

If you’re already using bactine and not having any issues, you may choose to keep using it in conjunction with or instead of sea salt or saline but keep an eye on it and listen to your body. If it starts feeling dry or irritated, I advise that you discontinue use and choose [at least] one of the other alternatives instead.

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Anna August 13, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Alright my friend pierced my nose, and the nose stud we got didn’t have anything to hold it in place so I bought another nose ring with a ball because the jewelery store suggested that so it wouldnt fall out. Then that caused my nose to swell, so I went to a legitamite piercer at a tattoo parlour and he sold me a long corkscrew nose ring. Well this will be the 2nd week with my nose ring, and it’s not swollen but the stud itself keeps poking/sticking out of my nostril and I have to keep poking it back in. I do clean it with sea salt soaks periodically through the day. And it keeps getting crusty stuff around the stud. is that normal?

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Caitlin August 22, 2014 at 4:16 am

I got my nostril pierced about three months ago .
Mine did that too and don’t worry about it going to get infected if you change it . Mine kept coming out so i got new ones and keep changing stud after stud , after stud. Finally, my friend recommended I bought a stud thing with a curly part at the end. It hurt really bad to put it in so she got a tool that like bent metal and bent it a tiny bit and after that i had NO problems what so ever . Now I put a lip ring in my nose . Go figure. .

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noseringsadmin August 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Hi, Anna!

Well, the crusties are normal during healing. Try not to pull them off if they’re a bit stuck. You can remove them in the shower by running the piercing under clean, gentle water until they soften, wiping them away, and patting the piercing site dry with a paper towel/clean towel.

As for the sea salt soaks, be sure not to use them more than a couple of times per day as you don’t want the site to dry out. It’s not uncommon for your jewelry to poke out a bit during healing, especially if the nose ring has a long stud. Just be sure that it’s not coming so far out that the back of the screw is no longer through the hole.

If that happens, the back of the piercing won’t have anything to keep it open and may close up. You’ll need yet another, different jewelry piece if this is your issue. If not though, don’t worry about the jewelry poking out a bit. It’s better to have jewelry that’s a bit too long than jewelry that’s too short, especially during healing.

Once the piercing is healed, you can switch the jewelry out for a shorter piece that will stay in place better.

Hope this helps!

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Ilana August 12, 2014 at 5:48 am

Hi! I got my nose pierced a couple days ago with a stainless steel nose screw stud. So far it doesn’t hurt and it isn’t swollen and it looks fine on the outside (α little bit of discharge but it’s clear). I’ve been cleaning with mild antibacterial soap, as well as salt water soaks (both using a cotton ball as a compress and submerging my nose and blowing bubbles). I’m having trouble with the inside though. First of all, I’m finding it really hard to get to the piercing site with a q tip because a) I can’t see up there and b) the jewelry is in the way. If I hit the jewelry, it makes it pop out of the hole a little on the outside, and I was told I shouldn’t be moving it, but it seems impossible to clean the inside of the piercing without knocking the jewelry and making it move a bit. Like I said, it’s hard to see up there but from what I can see, there is some buildup and gunk. Not sure how to deal with it. Thank you!

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Ilana August 13, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Oh also, since I posted this, I think the space around my piercing on the outside is bruising and is a bit sore. Is this normal?

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noseringsadmin August 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Hi Ilana,

It is very important to clean the inside of your new piercing so that it heals properly and doesn’t get infected.

It’s common for people with nose piercings to have difficulties with cleaning the inside but what I recommend is removing a bit of the cotton from the end of a q-tip so that it’s less bulky and fits up your nostril more easily. Submerge the now-smaller q-tip end in your sea salt soak and use a finger to hold your piercing jewelry in place from the outside so that it doesn’t push out too far as you’re cleaning the inside.

In front of a mirror (or mirrors, if you have more than one available and can angle them to better see inside your nostril), use the q-tip to carefully clean around the inner piercing area. Be careful not to poke up into your nose too high.

You should be able to feel where the q-tip is using the walls of your nostril, the jewelry, and (it sounds gross but it’s true!) your nose hairs if you can’t see into your nostril with the mirror(s) and maybe some good lighting. Do this a couple of times per day for the best results. As for the soreness and discoloration on the outside of the piercing, this is pretty normal and doesn’t always happen right away.

It’s extremely common for a piercing not to show much of any sign of trauma the first couple of days and flare up later. As long as you’re caring for the piercing properly though and not noticing any extreme pain or signs of infection, you’re doing good and should be healed before you know it!

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Izzy mason August 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

For anyone that wants to get it done but is nervous don’t be. I got my nostril done yesterday and it barely hurt at all and doesn’t even hurt after (this May vary for different ppl) The day before I kept pinching my nose to see how it would feel and the pinching was a 7/10 painful and the piercing was a 2 or 3

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noseringsadmin August 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm

There you go! The actual pain of getting pierced isn’t anywhere near as big as the pain we imagine, and congratulations with the new piercing!

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Cass August 9, 2014 at 3:55 am

Hi,
I just got my nose pierced about a week ago. It’s been giving me nothing but hell. I was told to use sea salt & dilute it in water, it’s been drying my nose out. Also, I was told to use contact solution, and that isn’t helping either. Does anyone have any other ideas on what to clean it out with? It’s getting crusty and dried out.
Thank you.

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noseringsadmin August 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Hi, Cass!

First off, though sea salt solutions are great for keeping a new piercing clean, any type of salt tends to dry the skin out.

I’m not saying not to use it but just assure that you’re only cleaning with it as much as necessary/not more than a couple times daily so that you don’t add to the dryness issue you’re experiencing.

Also, try not to get shampoo or harsh soaps on the piercing site as they can increase dryness as well. If the piercing site gets too dry, you may experience discomfort, redness, and cracking. Cracking can leave you with an open wound which will increase your risk of infection.

Cutting down on the frequency of cleaning, keeping the site away from foreign contaminants so you don’t have to clean it excessively, and keeping it away from harsh soaps or chemicals should keep the site from drying out any further and once the piercing has healed you can start using vitamin E to moisturize.

Hope this helps and good luck with your new piercing!

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Sharon August 9, 2014 at 3:12 am

Hi! Just got my piercing today and I’m just wondering if the band-aid brand “hurt-free solution” is okay to use to clean my piercing? It takes the throbbing away from the piercing, but I’m not sure if it’s good to use to clean. I’ve only used it once and I wanna make sure it’s safe before I continue using it for the duration of the healing process..also! My nose gets REALLY oily so what can I use to take the oil away around my piercing? Thanks for answering!

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noseringsadmin August 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Hi Sharon,

As long as you aren’t over-cleaning or washing the piercing site excessively, hurt-free solution and other antiseptic washes can be used to keep your piercing clean and healthy.

The anesthetic contained in hurt-free is what helps to take the pain and throbbing associated with a new piercing away. Just be sure not to overdo it when cleaning with it as you don’t want your piercing to dry out.

As for a solution to the natural oil that accumulates around your piercing, touching the piercing as little as possible will help as touching it can cause oils from your fingers to transfer to your nose as well as stimulate the glands on your nose which will make it more oily.

Avoid applying makeup or moisturizers to the area and be sure that your hands are clean and dry whenever you do have to touch the piercing.

Cleaning the piercing site with a sea salt solution or your hurt-free solution a couple of times per day, especially when you notice that it is particularly oily, should then be enough to keep oil from accumulating.

You can use a clean, dry tissue to wipe the oil away as well. Once the piercing site is healed, you can also begin using regular facial cleansers that are generally too harsh for a new piercing.

Hope it helps!

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Sofia August 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

Hi I got my nose pierced 3 days ago and I already changed my jewelry. All went well, no swelling. Then this morning my L stud was halfway in my nose, bleeding, I panicked, without washed hands and tried to put it back in. After a couple trues with no success I ran downstairs and put the nose stud in some hydrogen peroxide and put it in my nose with out washed hands. My nose is swollen from me messing with it and the bar if the stud is not long enough and wearing it is a little bit uncomfortable. What do I do??

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noseringsadmin August 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Hi Sofia,

I highly recommend having the jewelry switched to a piece with a longer bar to accommodate for swelling.

It is NOT a good idea to switch the jewelry on a fresh piercing but if your bar isn’t long enough you risk damaging the tissue in the piercing site and having it become infected or not heal properly

Even after the swelling does go down, it can still become irritated and swollen again and it’s important that the jewelry piece you have in can accommodate for that. I strongly advise that you visit your piercer to have him/her switch the jewelry for you.

As for getting the swelling to go down, keeping it clean with a saline solution, not handling it excessively, and using clean hands whenever you must handle it will help. You can also apply ice for a more immediate solution or take no more than the recommended dosage of an anti-inflammatory pain killer such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Also, avoid getting hydrogen peroxide on the site of your new piercing as it can damage the healing cells and dry out the area.

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gabbs August 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm

my i have both sides of my nose pierced in my right side have pushed in my left side pushing in a little to what should i do?

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noseringsadmin August 10, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Hi Gabbs,

Please read this article on how to deal with nose piercing sinking in: http://nose-rings-guide.com/piercing-sinking-in.html

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Autumn Reef August 6, 2014 at 1:36 am

Hi, I got my nose pierced 3 days ago. Tonight I was placing a bandaid on it before bed. Well I placed it wrong. So I went to fix it and my nose ring came out, with the bandaid. So I automatically put it back in. It went in fine but it kinda hurt after. Now it feels okay. I cleaned it instantly. I’m just worried know is it gonna be okay?

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noseringsadmin August 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm

You did well to clean the site right away. As long as you’re following proper aftercare procedures, your piercing should be fine.

I would avoid using band-aids or anything else that might stick to or pull on the piercing. Also, be sure not to clean too frequently, as you don’t want the piercing to dry out, and be sure to use clean hands whenever you do have to touch your piercing. Best of luck to you!

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Daja August 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I got my nose pierced 3 weeks ago and I haven’t been cleaning it properly and now I have like this little bump by the ring on the inside of my nose did it come because of how I clean the nose ring?.

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noseringsadmin August 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Hi Daja,

Bumps associated with nose piercings are fairly common. Though the cause of such bumps varies, there’s a good chance yours is related to improper aftercare procedures.

Bumps can occur when bacteria gets into the fresh piercing as well as when the jewelry piece used is too tight/small, when the jewelry is changed or removed during healing, etc. The treatment for a nose bump depends on what type of bump yours is. For some types, such as keloids, it’s recommended that you seek medical attention.

Others can be handled just by keeping the piercing site clean and following proper aftercare guidelines. It’s important that you determine what type of bump yours is and care for it appropriately while keeping your piercing clean and healthy.

Otherwise, you risk losing the piercing altogether and may even suffer more detrimental circumstances, both to your appearance and to your health, such as scarring or serious infection.

Hope this helps!

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quan August 3, 2014 at 6:49 am

I got my septum pierced about 5 days ago and so far everything seems fine. The only thing I’m worried about is it seems like my nose gets dry and the skin around the piercing sticks to the piercing. I can easily wet a qtip and moisten the area and it’ll start moving fine but it still worries me . Is this normal?

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noseringsadmin August 6, 2014 at 6:22 am

Hi Quan,

Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal for your piercing to get stuck in place during healing. This happens because your body sends fluids to the piercing site to assist in healing. When the fluids surface, they dry in place and often attach themselves to the jewelry.

As the piercing heals, however, less fluid will be excreted and the dried fluid or “crusties” will wash away, fall off, etc. As long as you keep up your aftercare regime and care for your piercing properly, the jewelry will sit more loosely and move more freely once fully healed.

In the meantime, you don’t need to move or twist the jewelry to free it. Just keep it clean and healthy!

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Natt August 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Hi!! I had my nose pierced a while ago, and it’s been very problematic, the stud has come out a few times, and now I have a red raised lump that came up like a pimple, but is now just a raised lump. I spoke to my piercer and she told me it could be a keloid.. My question is ; will it ever go down??! I’ve heard horror stories about keloids, apparently they have to be surgically removed.. Help!!!

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noseringsadmin August 6, 2014 at 6:21 am

Hi Natt,

Yes, it does sound like a keloid (basically just a fancy type of scar so don’t worry!) to me.

In order to get it to go down, you’ll want to treat it. You can try crushing up asprin and mixing it with a small amount of water to create a paste. Put the paste on the keloid in order to dry it out. You can also use sea salt for this. Just be sure to catch it early on.

If you leave it too long and it becomes too large, that’s when you may need to visit a doctor to have it surgically removed, which sometimes leads to additional scarring or even development of yet another keloid. I hope this helps and best of luck to you with it! :)

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Anna July 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

My piercing is almost a month old. I didn’t know it was a problem that there is a small bubble outside the piercing…I thought it was just part of it still healing. I’ve been cleaning it with salt water 2x a day since day 1. Over the weekend, I was swimming and when I got out it was really swollen. Since then it went down to what it was and I have added a drop of neem oil after salt soaks. How long will it take for this “bubble” to go away? I’m tired of it not looking right. :(

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noseringsadmin July 29, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Hi Anna,

Is the bubble different color than normal skin – is it dark red?

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Anna July 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm

it isn’t bloody red but it is red….when I stand back away from the mirror, you can’t really see it but up close it is noticeable.

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noseringsadmin July 30, 2014 at 5:39 am

Sounds like it might be a granuloma which is a growth comprised of the same cells as the actual piercing itself – in this case you may consider the piece of jewelry changed for something more body-friendly and bio-compatible that would facilitate the healing process (such as Bioplast nose ring, for example: http://nose-rings-guide.com/bioplast-nose-rings.html)

Speaking of swimming – you should really avoid exposure to any sources of liquid other than clean water and saline solution because of the increased risk of infection/irritation so it looks to me that the bump got bigger and inflamed do to that exposure.

Visit your piercer for a second opinion though!

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Anna July 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm

my piercer is in another state as me unfortunately…today there is a bit of white to part of the bump…I too was wondering about the metal. Thanks.

noseringsadmin August 6, 2014 at 6:20 am

Hi Anna,

If your bump has a white tip, it’s possible that it’s simply a pimple. Pimples occur when excess oil gets trapped in the pores so, depending on what the piercing site is exposed to (ie: what you’re treating it with, the type and quality of water you’re swimming in, anything else it comes in contact with), it could just be a bad pimple.

Try treating it with non-alcoholic acne treatment and be sure to be rigorous with your aftercare routine. That’s your best bet for getting rid of the bump as quickly and painlessly as possible without surgery. If the bump persists, of course, you will need to see a professional to have it looked at and determine whether or not it will require surgery.

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Megan July 29, 2014 at 12:13 am

Hi! I got my nose pierced two weeks ago. Everything was going fine until it got snagged and came out. I went back the place I had it done but the msn week pieced

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Megan July 29, 2014 at 12:18 am

Sorry I submitted too soon.I went back to where I got it done but the man who pierced me had quit. The new girl was able to help me get the new piercing in, but we were struggling with the curved bar so she put a straight bar in. I’m nervous because I can’t see the piercing from inside my nose. She said it was the swelling causing this but my gut is telling me it may not have gone all the way through (though the ball was put on). Is it normal to not be able to see the piercing?

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noseringsadmin July 29, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Hi Megan,

If it’s a straight nose jewelry – the so-called nose bone, then it wouldn’t even have a ball on the other end – it’s just got a thicker end which prevents it from sliding out.

So is it a nose bone that she inserted into you nose piercing now??? In which case it’s quite unprofessional because you don’t really use them in fresh piercings for the simple reason that they’re swollen, and the nose bone mightn’t go all the way through thus allowing your piercing to close from the inside!

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kim July 27, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Hi, I got my nose pierced 2 wks ago , and everyth ing was fine, but when I w as cleaning my piercing, it some how came out. It was a 16 gauge nose screw, I couldnt get in so I went and bought a new one. Where I went they didnt have 16,18, or 20 gauge, so I had to buy a 22 gauge. Will it shrink up or stay that big?

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noseringsadmin July 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Hi Kim,

If you keep wearing 22 gauge for a good while now, the piercing will most definitely shrink because your body tries quite hard to heal the freshly formed wound and it’s only in the early healing stages since it’s been only 2 weeks since you got it done!

Also, there’s quite a difference between 16 and 22 gauge – 1.2 mm and 0.64 mm so that’s only half the width so you’re better off getting some new nose jewelry: http://nose-rings-guide.com/nose-ring-screws.html – 18 gauge is pretty much the standard!

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izola bullock July 27, 2014 at 11:38 am

I got my nose pierced earlier last week on the 22nd and everything was fine untill one night i woke up to use the bathroom….i check my nose and the back piece is gone….and now whenever i yawn or flare up my nose it slides out….and i have to check inside my nose to make sure its still in the skin….what can i do since my back piece is gone?

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noseringsadmin July 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm

The best thing you can do is get a new piece inserted (obviously the best course of action is to go back to your piercer) to give you piece of mind and also allow the new piercing to heal properly.

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Sasha July 23, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Hi!, I just got my nose pierced today, and everything seems fine, there’s no swelling and it’s not very painful, but I’m on holidays and can’t seem to find saline solution or sea salt anywhere! I’m here for two more days is there any other cleaning method I can try until I get home?

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noseringsadmin July 29, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Hi Sasha,

If it’s only for a couple of days, nothing bad is going to happen if you don’t use any saline – just while showering you can dab a tiny bit of mild soap onto the outside of the nostril and then rinse it off to get rid of the crusty matter!

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Maria July 20, 2014 at 5:08 pm

I got my nose pierced a few days ago and the first day it was fine but the second the stud kept coming out a little bit. It is not very bad but every time I push it back in the hole, it just comes out again. I don’t want to irritate it by pushing it in so much. Is there a fix or will it always stick out of the hole a little bit?

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noseringsadmin July 22, 2014 at 6:50 am

Hi Maria,

Now that the swelling’s gone down a bit, the nose stud is more loose than before and that’s why it’s coming out a bit. You should probably consider getting one of those nose screws when the piercing’s healed – it’s unique shape will keep it securely in place: http://nose-rings-guide.com/nose-ring-screws.html

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Valerie July 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Got my nose pierced 2 days ago and the stud seems to be growing into the nose. how do i prevent this from happening?

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noseringsadmin July 22, 2014 at 6:47 am

Hi Valerie,

Please read this article http://nose-rings-guide.com/piercing-sinking-in.html where you’ll find out how to prevent your nose stud from growing into the nose!

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rebekah July 19, 2014 at 4:42 am

Ok i got my nose done about 4 weeks ago and i have cleaned it everydaya few times a day. But here in about the past week when i take it out to clean it i do see a lil puss if i push from the inside out. Now i have this lil clear meat coming out the top. It looks likes i never even got it done. So when i try to push the ring bk thru it hurts but it does go in wit a lil push. I just want to know if i have messed up my hole and is there anything i can do to make it go away. Thank u so much

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noseringsadmin July 22, 2014 at 7:05 am

Now, you shouldn’t be taking the nose ring/stud out while the piercing is healing! The most you can do is twist it around every so slightly while soaking with sea-salt solution to wash away any crust/deposits, but the piercing shouldn’t be taken out!

What’s happened now is most likely it’s a granuloma formed in your piercing due to the constant friction while taking the piecing out/putting it back in. Granuloma is made up from cells that form within the piercing but in this case it’s overgrown (hence the little meaty growth coming out on top) and it also oozes clear or yellow discharge – just like you’ve noticed.

You should definitely go back to the piercing professional/doctor to get a second opinion!

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Eloisa July 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

Hello, I have a question. I got my nose ring about about a month ago but I’ve been touching it a lot and I already changed it 3 times, last week I noticed there was a bump inside of my nose covering the nose piercing so I put a hoop so it can go through that bump but its been two weeks now and it hasn’t gone away I don’t know what to put it in so it can heal , please help.

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noseringsadmin July 22, 2014 at 6:58 am

Hi Eloisa,

Is the bump painful or oozing any substances?

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Caroline July 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Thanks for the information! I got my nostril pierced about 4 months ago and have been having a lot of trouble with it. Even though my piercer told me that it mat heal anywhere from 3-6 months, I’m worried that it will take much longer than six months. It alternates from being a little bloody and red to healing within a week and then getting inflamed again. I’ve done sea salt soaks, tried tea tree oil, and other things. I’m wondering if I’m allergic to the surgical steel and I just bought an 18k gold nose hoop. I know everyone says not to switch the stud until it’s healed, but if I’m allergic to the original stud will it ever really heal or should I just switch it to the gold hoop and hope it heals? Thanks!

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noseringsadmin July 18, 2014 at 6:48 am

Hi Caroline,

To rule out the possibility of skin irritation from a bad piercing material, try one of those Bioplast nose rings http://nose-rings-guide.com/bioplast-nose-rings.html – they’re more body friendly and have a reduced risk of swellings, inflamations and the like.

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Valerie July 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

I got my nose pierced 3 weeks ago and since then I’ve been using the saline solution given to me by my piercer. However, the saline solution makes my nose peel and gives my nose an ashy kind of look. Given that, how long are you supposed to use the saline solution for? Are there any other alternatives? Thanks!

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Alicia July 16, 2014 at 4:56 am

Hi! My piercer actually told me that it’s best if you don’t use the saline solution because of that, and anti bacterial soap is the best, such as Dial Gold. You should keep up the daily cleansing for the four to six weeks it takes to heal.

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Chloe July 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm

I got my nose pierced today and I not coed when I got it down the stud stuck out a little but the piercer said I had small nose and the bar was a little long. Now it’s sticking out more, and it’s pointed upwards. Will this get better and not stick out as much as it heals?

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noseringsadmin July 18, 2014 at 6:38 am

It’s pointing upwards because of the position of the piercing hole – the piercer must have inserted the needle at an angle.

To solve the problem with the nose stud sticking out – buy one of those nose screws http://nose-rings-guide.com/nose-ring-screws.html that sit more tightly in the nose because of their shape and then you’re guaranteed the piercing won’t be sticking out as much.

Just wait for a few more weeks till it’s healed before changing it for the screw!

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Jasmine July 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Hi, I got my nose pierced 3 weeks and 2 days ago. One of my teachers asks me to cover it up or take it out. I have him only once a day. Except for Fridays where I have him twice. So 4 hours a week and 2 lessons of pe. Will I be okay to take my nose stud out for this amount of time in a week. One lesson of maths and pe are consecutive to eachother so it would be just less than two hours. Is it going to close over if I leave it out for this time? Thank you :)

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noseringsadmin July 10, 2014 at 5:18 am

Hi Jasmine,

Unfortunately, taking the jewelry out of your new piercing, even for a few hours each week, is extremely risky and not at all advisable. (Coming from someone who had the exact same issue and learned the hard way!)

Though everyone’s body heals itself at a slightly different rate, your body will start trying to heal the hole closed from the moment the jewelry is removed and each time you put the jewelry back in you risk tearing any new tissue that may have formed while it was out. The piercing site will already be suffering trauma from the new hole so to take the jewelry out repeatedly will only make it more difficult for your body to properly heal and will increase the risk of scarring (due to torn and pulled tissue) and infection (due to increased chance of foreign debris and bacteria getting inside the open wound).

New piercings can be a challenge to keep healthy and healing properly, even with the most rigorous aftercare regime. You don’t want to add any complications that will make it harder for your piercing to heal and increase your chance of losing the piercing altogether.

Instead, what I DO recommend is that you either cover your piercing with a waterproof bandage during those periods or have your piercing jewelry switched to a clear, hypoallergenic piece that is appropriate for use during healing and can be left in until the piercing is fully healed.

Waterproof bandages should work better than regular bandages for your P.E. class because you won’t sweat them off or lose them if you participate in water sports. As far as the clear jewelry, if your school will allow it as an alternative to regular piercing jewelry, you can consult your piercer to find something appropriate and have the piece switched out.

I hope that one of these options will work for you and your new piercing. Good luck!

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helpwithnose July 7, 2014 at 4:32 am

I got my nose pierced about a month ago and the out side looks good, no redness or pain and the inside is also like this except for the fact that the inside of my nose seems to have grown over the back…I know it is common to have skin grow over nose piercings but I have searched online for a case like mine and can’t find it. I’m just very confused because if my skin has grown over it wouldn’t there be an infection or pain? It literally seems fine in every way except that I can’t see where there is a back inside my nose, there is just skin. I noticed this about 5 days after I first got it pierced and was freaked out for about an hour and told my self that I would watch it to see what happens, thinking if that something was wrong an infection would occur. I also couldn’t remember what it is supposed to look like so I thought maybe this is what it’s supposed to be like. But now I’m on the verge of a panic attack because I don’t think it’s normal…i have tried pushing down on the actual stud with a clean qui tip to see what happens inside and i can see the indent of the piercing inside but it wont break through the skin.I’m not going to be back to the place where I got it done for another week cause I’m out of town and I can’t put to rest the thought that my nose piercing might be stuck in my nose forever or that I will have to cut it out. Please help I really enjoy my nose piercing and do not wish to take it out and I can’t tell if I’m being paranoid or if something is really wrong.

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noseringsadmin July 10, 2014 at 5:19 am

I have some good news for you!

What you’re going through is much more common that you’d think. Although you definitely want to address the issue as quickly as possible, in most cases it can be solved without too much pain or trouble!

The first thing you can try, while looking into a mirror to see the skin overgrowth inside your nostril, is using sterile needle to poke through the overgrown skin and push it away from the jewelry. If this doesn’t work, hurts too much, or you’re not comfortable trying it yourself, you can visit your piercer when you get home from your trip or see another piercer if you choose not to wait that long.

Though you don’t want to wait longer than you must to get this resolved, you should be alright to wait until you get home without any added risks to your health since you’re not having any other complications with the piercing.

Once you DO get the issue resolved, however, you may want to discuss a change of jewelry with your piercer or at least try rotating the jewelry occasionally as an added part of your aftercare practice. Most new piercing jewelry doesn’t require rotating but nose piercings with certain types of jewelry can be some of the few exceptions.

Though the skin cannot adhere to the jewelry, as any standard piercing jewelry is made of nonporous material that skin cannot grow into, the skin in and around the nostril area does have a tendency to grow over or around the jewelry, sometimes even blocking it from being removed easily.

Occasional, careful rotation of the jewelry (with clean hands) during the healing process can prevent this as can the use of certain types of nose jewelry (ie: nose hoops) which the skin is unable to grow over. Best of luck to you in getting this resolved and enjoy the rest of your trip!

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Erika July 7, 2014 at 3:42 am

Hey, i just got my nose pierced 3 days ago ( i got a hoop) , i dont really like the hoop ring anymore because it makes my nose feel a bit uncomfortable. Can i go back to where i got it pierced & change it froop a hoop ring to a regular stud evn thoe i just got it pierced a couple days back ?

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noseringsadmin July 10, 2014 at 5:20 am

Hi, Erika! It’s not highly recommended to change your jewelry during your piercing’s healing process, especially this soon after getting pierced, but if your piercing site is not giving you issues (not highly swollen, infected, etc.) your piercer should be able to help you switch your jewelry to a piece more suited to your needs/taste.

Just be sure that the switch is done with clean hands or gloves and clean jewelry and that you don’t continue to switch or remove the jewelry during healing!

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Yoselin July 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Hi I got my nostril pierced about 5 days ago and when I woke up the stud was gone. So as quick as possible I got one of my back up studs and it easily went in. I then cleaned it with saline solution. Will my nose be okay? Will it take longer to heal?

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noseringsadmin July 6, 2014 at 8:50 am

Hi Yoselin,

Your nose piercing should be fine and shouldn’t take noticeably longer to heal as long as you continue to follow proper aftercare procedures and your jewelry does not continue to come out during the healing process.

Depending on which direction it came out – whether the back of the jewelry pulled out through the top or the external portion (head) sunk in through the hole – you’ll probably want to consider having your jewelry switched to either one with a larger head (the decorative end of the piercing) or one that holds more securely on the inside portion (perhaps a nose screw if you’re currently using a nose bone).

I’d recommend consulting your piercer to decide on the most appropriate jewelry for your situation and for help with switching the jewelry.

If you choose to do it yourself, however, be sure that the jewelry you get is the same gauge you were pierced with, the jewelry is made of piercing-safe material (ie: stainless steel), and that both the jewelry and your hands are clean when you perform the switch.

Hope it helps!

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rachel July 1, 2014 at 10:46 am

hey!
i got my nose periced yesterday in a tattoo parlour, i was very happy with everything including cleaniness etc but this morning i woke up and my nose and face and pillow was covered in blood i got up and cleaned it all up and went back to bed! note this was 5am ! when i woke up later i noticed my stud had like sunk into the hole, i pushed it back out but it keeps sinking! i had a cartliridge pericing before and it also sunk and embedded and i ended up taking it out all togethed so im paranoid about the same thing happening! i currently have cotton up my nose holding the stud out but obvs this isnt practical? what should i do? is this normal?

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noseringsadmin July 6, 2014 at 8:51 am

Hi Rachel,

Very sorry to hear about your recent piercing troubles! Here’s what I recommend: have your jewelry switched to a piece with a longer post and/or a larger head (or even a nose hoop, if you prefer).

Your issue is fairly common but should definitely be addressed as soon as possible so that your piercing doesn’t get infected or close up and is able to begin healing. If you continuously have to adjust your jewelry, the piercing site is much more likely to become irritated and the risk of getting bacteria or debris in it greatly increases.

If the jewelry sinks and is not immediately pushed back through the top of the hole, you risk having the hole close over it in which case you’d either have to push the jewelry back through the healed-over skin or remove the jewelry by pulling it all the way through the inside of your nostril, both of which can be very painful, are somewhat dangerous, and are far from desirable.

Fortunately, longer-posted, larger-headed nose jewelry is a quick and easy remedy for this! Hope this helps and best of luck to you!

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Abigail June 28, 2014 at 2:12 am

Hi. I had my nose pierced about two weeks ago.
I was wearing a corkscrew nosering but it somehow pulled out and now I cannot get it back in. I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong? Please help

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noseringsadmin July 6, 2014 at 8:52 am

Hello Abigail,

If you can’t get in to see your piercer to have him/her assist you with reinserting your jewelry, the first thing you’ll want to do is check that the piercing site isn’t excessively swollen.

If it is, hold some ice against it to decrease the swelling. Once swelling has decreased, with clean hands, use a clean earring, another piece of body jewelry (same or smaller gauge than your nose screw), or a sterilized needle and carefully try to insert it through the cavity of your piercing to assure the hole is still open.

If the jewelry or needle won’t push through or hurts too much to insert, you’ll have to have your nose re-pierced. If it DOES push through, your only concern is getting the nose screw back in. Stand in front of a mirror, use one hand to place the tip of the nose screw into the piercing cavity, and use the other hand to hold the end of your nostril and gently pull outward. This will help to open the piercing hole as much as possible, making it easier to get the jewelry through.

Begin twisting the nose screw into the hole, making sure you’re twisting the correct direction. If it takes more than a few tries to get the jewelry in and the area becomes swollen again, take a break, use ice to get the swelling down again, and then repeat until you get the jewelry in. If this still does not work for you, either consult your piercer or you can opt to use a different type of nose jewelry that is easier to insert until your piercing has fully healed.

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Chrissetta main June 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

Hello I recently got my nose pierced back in February I hand an L shaped stud in my nose. Two days ago I bought some good nose hoops in 22gauge even though I have an 18 gauge piercing. I put the hoop in thinking it would close up around the hoop but I think I irritated it by changing it. The area around my nose hoop was this red looking color I don’t know if that was the piercing trying to close around it or what but I hit my nose ring while I was sleeping and I was giving me problems so I switched back to my 18 gauge stud thinking maybe it wasn’t done healing. Did I make the right decision or would I be able to ever put the hoop back in?

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noseringsadmin July 6, 2014 at 8:53 am

Hi Chrissetta,

Don’t worry!

Your piercing may have become irritated when switching the jewelry or when you bumped it but as long as you’re not allergic to the new jewelry and you keep the piercing site clean and healthy (returning to your piercing aftercare regime as for a new piercing), you should be able to switch to your hoop again once the piercing has healed once again.

Keep in mind that even when a piercing appears to be fully healed it can still become irritated if it experiences trauma, even if just from a mild bump or having the jewelry switched. Keep an eye on your piercing, use your best judgement, and listen to what your body is telling you.

Furthermore, keep in mind that when switching to a smaller jewelry gauge the jewelry won’t fit as snugly and the hole may never close tightly around it so you may always have a looser fit with the piece than with the gauge you were initially pierced with. There is nothing wrong with this, of course. It’s just a matter of personal preference depending on the fit you prefer. :)

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Lee June 24, 2014 at 4:28 am

Just got my nostril pierced with standard corkscrew starter. Swelling went down a little but I noticed the nose ring appears to be sinking further down into my nose. has me feeling like it might slip all the way through. Not sure what to do, should I try to pull the nose ring out just a little so that the nose ring is sitting flush against the skin and not sunken into it?

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noseringsadmin July 6, 2014 at 8:54 am

Hi Lee,

You definitely don’t want your jewelry sinking into your nose but simply pulling or pushing it out may not be enough and may cause the piercing site unnecessary irritation.

I highly recommend that you have your jewelry switched to a piece with a longer post and/or a larger head. This will prevent the piercing site from “swallowing” the jewelry and will accommodate for any swelling that the area may experience, also potentially adding to a more comfortable fit.

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Ashley June 19, 2014 at 6:02 am

I just got my nose piercing on the 15th of this month I clean
It as told, I got it pierced with a needle and I have a corkscrew I guess “nose screw”
The piercer I had had it was for saftey and it moves around freely usually when I gently clean inside of my nose is that a bad thing I’m really afraid it’ll fall out. I just recently went into a pool is the chlorine, but I just had cleaned it right after I got home.

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noseringsadmin June 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Hi Ashley,

Typically, as your piercing heals the swelling will go down and become looser. Since it’s been several days now since you got your piercing, there’s a good chance that any initial swelling has decreased significantly, causing the jewelry to sit more loosely in the socket. It shouldn’t be so loose that it falls out or pulls out easily, however.

If it is, you run the risk of losing the jewelry and the piercing closing up or even getting debris in the socket where a gap is left between the flesh and the jewelry more easily. In this case, I’d definitely suggest returning to your piercer to discuss the situation and quite possibly having him/her switch the jewelry out for a larger gauge.

As far as the pool and swimming with your piercing, you did the right thing by cleaning the piercing immediately after. You want to avoid pools, lakes, hot tubs, and other bodies of water during your piercing’s healing process or at least try to keep the piercing out of the water when you go. Keeping excess moisture from your piercing is essential to the healing process.

Additionally, chlorinated water has a tendency to dry your skin out and may overly dry your piercing as well and non-chlorinated water is more likely to carry harmful bacteria which can also lead to infection. If you must swim, clean well and thoroughly afterward, keep the piercing out of the water and dry as much of the time as possible, and try emu oil if the piercing ends up getting too dry from the chlorine and you’re unable to stay away from the pools.

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Zoe June 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

hey, i got my nose pierced about 3 years ago and its been completely fine. last month though i changed the nose stud to a silver l-shaped stud we purchased from abroad and for the past week ive noticed i cant move the nose ring at all. its stuck from the inside and i think skin’s grown over it and hurts a bunch if i try moving it around on the inside. i went to the piercer and he said the angle of the nose l-shape seems to be stuck and skins grown over. i went to the doctor and she said its probably just an infection and prescribed me antibiotics. i’m just wondering if this has happened to anyone and if the antibiotics helped at all or if a surgery will be required? i dont want it to get any worse =/

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noseringsadmin June 28, 2014 at 7:36 am

Hi Zoe,

It’s hard to say for certain what the reason behind your recent nose piercing issue is without knowing what type of jewelry you had in it prior to the switch and how you’ve cared for your piercing but it’s possible that your reaction to the new jewelry piece is either due to allergy or your skin tearing when you switched the jewelry and then healing over the new piece.

If you’re not certain whether or not you have a metal allergy, your doctor or dermatologist can give you what’s called a patch test to find out. You’ll want to find out as soon as possible because if you ARE allergic to the piece of jewelry in your body you’ll want to get it out right away and surgery may be the preferred way to go. If you are NOT allergic to the jewelry, antibiotics should definitely help fight infection and make the piercing more manageable so that you can eventually, with clean hands, handle it and try to wriggle it free or use a sterile needle to push the skin overgrowth away without excessive discomfort. (Consider having your piercer try to remove it for you, particularly if you’re not comfortable or confident doing it yourself.

You don’t want to rip the skin and risk unnecessary scarring.) Everyone’s body is a bit different, however, so there’s still a small possibility that yours may have healed over the jewelry too much and you may need surgery.

Try the methods mentioned above and if all else fails you can ask your piercer or doctor to refer you to a specialist/surgeon who will then be able to remove your jewelry. Good luck and hope it turns out for the best!

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Beth June 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Hi,

I had my nose pierced two days ago and had a ring put in. I have been trying not to touch it too much and have been cleaning with saline/backing as the piercer suggested. However, on his instruction sheet, it says to turn the jewelry 6-8 times after washing the piercing, 2 times a day. I have been trying to move my piercing, but it won’t budge! Last night it began to bleed when I tried to move it, so I stopped. Is there something wrong? Or is the piercing just swollen?

Thanks!

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Beth June 18, 2014 at 1:58 pm

*bactine

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noseringsadmin June 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Hi Beth,

It’s not uncommon for a new piercing to be “stuck” in place while healing. This is usually caused by the fluids your body excretes and/or the swelling of the area due to the trauma of the new piercing. As long as you’re cleaning the piercing correctly a couple of times per day, don’t worry if it doesn’t move much at first. It will become easier to move as it heals.

Also, though I usually recommend taking the advice of your piercer, rotating your jewelry to prevent your skin from growing into the jewelry is an old practice which science has proven outdated and incorrect.

With standard jewelry types used for a new piercing, there’s no reason to rotate the jewelry because the jewelry being used is made of nonporous metal, meaning there are no holes in the metal for your skin to grow into. In fact, rotating the jewelry is likely to further irritate the piercing site and prolong healing.

Hope this helps!

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Christa June 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Hi I got my nose pierced about 3 1/2 months ago. A couple times the original ring puked out and I was able to put it back in ok no problem. Just a few weeks ago I changed the ring ftom the L shape to a stud, now I’m trying to switch studs because the stone fell out and note all of a sudden when I’m trying to take it out it’s hurting and the stud won’t pull thru and I’m afraid to put more force in trying to pull it out. This is confusing to me because the stud turns fine, I don’t have any bumps around either openings. Can you help ad to why this may be happening and what can I try to do to help get it out?

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noseringsadmin June 28, 2014 at 7:37 am

Hi Christa,

Unfortunately, nose studs are known for this sort of thing, particularly with somewhat newer piercings.

Because switching the jewelry piece requires “popping” it in and out of the piercing hole, the delicate skin in and around a newer piercing has a tendency to become irritated or even damaged in the process.

The area is also more likely to be tender in the first several months (or longer, depending on your body and how you care for the piercing), making it painful to switch the jewelry. I’d recommend taking a warm shower, soaking the piercing site in the water, and trying to pull the stud free then.

You may wish to plug the drain to assure you don’t lose the jewelry down it and have your new piece clean and ready to put in as soon as you get your current stud out. It will hurt a bit and may make your eyes water but you should be able to get it out. Be sure to clean the entire piercing site after the switch as well. If the jewelry still will NOT come out, you’ll want to visit your piercer to have him/her remove it for you.

One last option is that you can have the jewelry professionally cut from your nose using metal cutters. I do NOT recommend trying this yourself as you don’t want to risk cutting or damaging your nose but use it as a last resort if you find a piercer or professional who can help you with it and nothing else will work.

Additionally, I’d try a different type of nose jewelry in the meantime. After your current stud is out, your piercing may need more time to fully heal and you want to avoid ending up in this situation again.

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Brittany June 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hi, I just got my nose piercing and it fell out the same day I got it, nothing was torn so I cleaned the site an the jewelry with saline solution and inserted the jewelry back in. Are there any extra steps I should take to prevent infection and such.

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noseringsadmin June 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Hi Brittany,

As for keeping the piercing site clean and healthy, you did exactly right! The only concerning part of your inquiry is why the jewelry fell out to begin with. You want to avoid having the jewelry in and out of the piercing while healing because the more the site is tampered with the harder it will be for it to heal and the higher the chance of infection.

Also, new piercings tend to close quickly (although older ones sometimes do as well, particularly depending on location) so if the jewelry comes out you run the risk of losing the piercing altogether. If it seems like this may be more than a one time occurrence, I’d highly recommend speaking with your piercer about a potential change in jewelry.

You want to make sure you have a piece that will sit securely (not too tight – just secure, so that it doesn’t fall out), especially while healing.

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Freja June 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

Hi! I got my nose pierced around 2 months ago and I’ve changed my piercing a few times. I got a nose ring the other day that was way to thick for me and I could barely touch it without it hurting too much. The main reason I got my nostril pierced was because I wanted a thin hoop or ring. Now I’m thinking of ordering a 22 gauge nose hoop in sterling silver. Would that be too thin and make it hard to put in thicker piercings later? And also is silver a good material too use? Is there a bigger risk for infection if I use a nose hoop? Thank you :)

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Mandi Apple June 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Hi Freja, whatever you do, do NOT use silver in a new-ish piercing! It can leave a black mark called an argyria, which is pretty nasty :(

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noseringsadmin June 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Hi Freja,

Normally, I’d say that irritation from switching a nose piercing after 2 months could be due to the fact that the piercing is still somewhat new and hasn’t fully finished healing. (These piercings can sometimes take a bit longer than expected to completely heal.)

In your case, however, it sounds like you’ve been switching your jewelry for awhile now and have been fine but that your discomfort is being caused by using a ring of a larger gauge. Since you’re looking to use smaller gauge pieces in your piercing, I’d get the large one you currently have out right away as it will stretch the hole if your body has a chance to heal that way and can cause smaller jewelry to fit too loosely for you in the future.

Whether or not a 22 gauge is too small for you depends on both personal preference and what you were pierced with. Though smaller gauges will fit inside your piercing, they also have a tendency to hang more loosely/appear “limp” and leave a gap between the jewelry and the edge of the piercing hole, which you may or may not like the look or feel of.

Also, there’s a good chance that your body will continue to heal and close up around the hole without a larger gauge jewelry piece to keep it open. Once this happens, larger gauged jewelry will no longer fit your piercing as is. A hoop should not increase your chances of infection, however. If anything, it should be easier to clean as you can rotate it to clean all parts of the jewelry even without removing it.

As far as the use of silver, I wouldn’t recommend it, particularly in a newer piercing because silver can tarnish which can not only cause the jewelry no to look less presentable and require more maintenance but when it does tarnish the metal can leave a black stain on the skin around the piercing site which may never go away!

Additionally, silver jewelry can contain nickel, which is a common allergen so if you’re allergic to nickel or unsure that’s one more reason not to choose silver jewelry. Stainless steel, solid 14-carat or higher nickle-free gold, solid nickle-free platinum alloy, and titanium are all safe metals used in body jewelry, however, and there are also safe choices for non-metal jewelry if you’re interested in going that route.

Whatever you choose, best of luck to you with the piercing and finding your perfect look!

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Marissa June 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

Hi, I’ve been searching endlessly for info about L-shaped nose rings, but there’s seems to be so little. My new piercing (exactly 1 week ago) was done with an L shaped stud. No matter how often I gently push it back in during cleaning times it’s always sticking out. So I figured this is probably due to swelling and it’ll settle in nicely once the swelling subsides.

Problem is that it hurts just at the part where the stud forms the 90° angle of the L shape because it’s sitting half-way inside the nostril (it’s neither fully in nor out) and it’s just there where it’s red on the outside. Is this normal because it’s an L-shaped stud, or should I be seeing the 90° turn of the stud on the inside of my nose? This is worrying me because it’s only red on that part, the other side is not red at all.
Any info would be greatly appreciated!

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noseringsadmin June 28, 2014 at 7:35 am

Hi Marissa,

I’m not certain if I’m understanding correctly but it sounds like you’re saying that the elbow of the l-shaped nose ring is sitting inside the cavity of the piercing hole itself rather than pushed through further to the inside of the nostril where it’d be visible from the inside.

If that’s the case then no, that isn’t “normal”/how the jewelry should be sitting. You shouldn’t worry too much, however! This issue can generally be solved with another visit to your piercer and probably a change of jewelry. Until you can get in to see your piercer, with clean hands, check from time to time that you can feel the l-shaped jewelry piece you have in now on the inside of your nostril.

You want to make sure it stays all the way through the cavity of the piercing hole at all times. Otherwise, you run the risk of having the piercing – at least the back portion of it – closing up.

When you CAN get in to see your piercer, explain the situation. He or she can then help you pick out a jewelry piece that will stay in better (possibly a simple hoop or something with a longer stem, at least while the piercing heals) and get the jewelry switched.

Hope it helps!

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Lanie June 2, 2014 at 4:53 am

Hi! I got my nose pierced 2 days ago and I am being a bit paranoid.. I had a rough experience that was very painful (it was done professionally)but I don’t think it is infected. I have been cleaning with Bactine (an infection protectant) and so far I think that is alright. I still have pretty bad pain and it is very tender but the weirdest thing happened to me tonight.. My piercing was so stiff and I really didn’t see it coming out but now it feels very loose. I have a corkscrew piercing but when I push up on it (with clean hands) if feels as if it could easily come out. Is this normal? I have had very small amounts of discharge, and it’s an off-white color, which I figured is just a side effect of a needle being put through my nose, but can you confirm that? Thanks!

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noseringsadmin June 2, 2014 at 6:34 am

Hi Lanie,

The piercing site was swollen right after the piercing was performed and that’s why the nose screw was being held in the piercing so tightly. Now that the swelling is gone down, it’s loosened up a bit but I don’t think there’s any reason for you to be worried over the piercing coming out unless it actually does get pushed out all by itself (which doesn’t seem to be the case, right?).

Speaking of the off-white discharge – it’s not unusual to have it but if it’s changing to yellow or green pus then you should go back to your piercer or visit your doctor for a second opinion and possible start a course of antibiotics in case there’s an infection.

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Sage June 17, 2014 at 7:40 am

Hi Lanie,
First of all you need to stop using bactine on it. Things like that dry out you piercing. Start using either saline solution or mix sea salt and water or what I do is just put some sea salt on a Q tip and rub it around the piercing while if it’s not uncomfortable move it up and down or spin it t get some of the sea salt in the piercing. You could also use unscented antibacterial soap, but I reccomend some kind of sea salt mix.

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Kayla Jacksom May 31, 2014 at 1:17 am

I just got my septum pierced today. My piercer told me not to use saline at all, instead she told me to use Dial Antibacterial soap. Everywhere I go online suggests that I use a saline solution. What should I do? And what exactly is the proper way to clean it with soap?

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noseringsadmin June 2, 2014 at 6:23 am

Hi Kayla,

It’s a bit strange that you were told not to use saline soaks at all! It’s hands down the best means of facilitating the healing process, and while you can definitely use the Dial soap a couple of times a day there’s no reason why saline soaks would be ruled out.

Unless, of course, you have some allergic reaction to it but then again – did your piercer tell you that?

Speaking of cleaning it with soap – just apply a tiny bit of soap with a swap whilst taking a shower (don’t try to do a thorough job, just apply it on both sides of the piercing and that’s all) and then rinse it out by directing the water flow into your nostrils for a few seconds. When you’re done showering, pat the piercing dry with the end of a rolled-up paper tower.

Hope it helps!

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Mitzi May 30, 2014 at 4:27 am

Hi- I have a L stud on the side of my fairly new nose piercing. The L keeps spinning downward and pokes out of my nose and/or rubs the inside of my nose in the wrong spot. I have turned it up inside of the septum and even used a Q tip to push it back straight up but it keeps turning. Thank for your help! :)

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Mitzi June 2, 2014 at 4:45 am

Update… The shop where I had the nose pierced said for me to come in for a adjustment and that it will stop turning and rubbing the wrong way.

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noseringsadmin June 2, 2014 at 6:10 am

Obviously the piece was too long and therefore too loose inside the nostril? I’m glad you got it sorted!

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Delila June 21, 2014 at 1:28 am

Hey!-
I got my nostril pierced about 5 months ago (January 9th) and its STILL hurting if i touch it and oozing this gross white-ish stuff. I cleaned it once or twice in the first week or so I had it, but sticking your nose in a shot glass full of warm salt water is very challenging for me. after that didnt work, i tried q-tips and cotton balls, but they just left wads of cotton stuck of the part the goes through my nose and make it hurt more. theres no bump or flakiness or anything, just oozing and pain. I know thag cleaning it will probably fix this, but how can I do that? this is the one situation I’ve been in where google can’t help me. thank you for your helps!

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Fionna May 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Hiya!
I got my nose pierced 2 days ago with a surgical steel stud. After I got my piercing the guy said the one he’d used turned out to be a little short, so he gave me a longer one and told me to switch them out after a few days. I can see that the post doesn’t go all the way through the skin, so when I clean it I gently push it in a bit just to make sure it doesn’t heal over before I have a chance to change them. My question is when I should make the switch. All the info I’ve come across says not to change jewelry until anywhere between 3 weeks and 2 months after the piercing so I don’t want to do it too soon, but I’m concerned that the opening might close before then. Any advice?

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noseringsadmin June 2, 2014 at 6:09 am

Hi Fionna,

I’ve got to tell you right from the start that this particular piercer you went to doesn’t sound like a professional at all!

I mean – how could he possibly tell a person to change to a longer piercing in a couple of days and leave the wrong piece in the piercing?

You shouldn’t attempt to change the nose stud yourself; please find a different saloon and get a professional to do it for you. And you’re totally right in pointing out you can’t wait too long because if it’s not going all the way through, there’s a chance the piercing hole would close over the stud.

Hope it all goes well for you!

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Jessica May 27, 2014 at 8:57 am

Hello! I’ve had my piercing since January and I got it changed to a hoop ring. A bump has grown on the inside of my piercing around the little ball which is stopping me from moving it around … or taking it out. It’s basically stuck! What should I do?

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noseringsadmin June 2, 2014 at 6:05 am

HI Jessica,

I understand there’s some crust formed on the actual piercing itself and it’s not a growth on the inside of the nostril, am I right in saying that?

If so, then you should do the following procedure – prepare a saline solution in a cup (dilute about 4 teaspoons of non iodized sea salt to 1 gallon of boiled water and the cleansing liquid is ready to use) and submerge your nostril into the saline solution for a good few minutes so that the crust softens and you can slowly peel it off with a swab.

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Kailu May 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm

After what had been a very difficult nose piercing experience, I went back to the ship requested they put a corkscrew piece in my nose (the piercing site was trying to close shut over the jewelry on the inside of my nose), my nose is almost healed and I’m very happy with my nostril piercing!

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noseringsadmin May 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Sorry to hear about the complications you had with your initial piercing but I’m very glad to hear that you were able to solve the issue and are enjoying your new piercing!

Nostril piercings can sometimes be a little tricky due to one side of the piercing being somewhat inaccessible as well as due to the fact that the piercing is on the face (an area you always want looking its best) and directly involved with your sinus passages.

Once healed, however, the piercing can be quite rewarding and is a great way to accentuate your natural beauty and personality, as I’m sure you’re quickly noticing!

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J Mac May 24, 2014 at 4:05 am

Hi,

I got my nose pierced a month with a stud (they used a needle) and it healed really nicely, and I had no problems with it. Then I got in an accident and I broke my nose, two black eyes, lots of blood…..since I’ve started to heal the swelling in my nose has gone down, but my nose ring will not sit flat on my nose anymore. I don’t know if it was bent with the impact, but I don’t seem to have the end in the inside of my nose anymore, it seems to be in a lump on the inside of my nose but I can feel the stud if I move it around? I’ve tried moving it around to see if I can get it to go threw, but nothing is working…any suggestions? Should I try and force it?

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noseringsadmin May 26, 2014 at 6:09 pm

That’s terrible about the accident. Very glad to hear that you’re alright and healing though! As far as the piercing, I don’t recommend forcing the jewelry through the hole as you don’t want to risk potentially damaging the tissue around the piercing site any further.

I strongly suggest a visit to your piercer so that he/she can have a look at it, check to see if the jewelry is bent or damaged, and remove and/or replace it if necessary. It’s not common but in extreme circumstances such situations may even require surgery to remove the jewelry safely.

A visit to your piercer first to see if your particular piece can be removed or adjusted without surgery may save unnecessary doctor bills as well as your piercing. Hope this helps and best of luck to you with this!

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Shakura May 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I just got my piercing yesterday it feels like it’s dry. I was told not to use neosporin. I clean it with tea tree oil diluted with water I dip qtips in it and clean that way. Google said if it drys out put a lil lavender oil on it,.. Is this process OK?

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noseringsadmin May 26, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Hi Shakura, and congratulations on your new piercing!

As far as the lavender oil, like the tea tree oil, it can be a bit too strong to use on a piercing without diluting so if you do choose to use it when caring for your new piercing be sure to use the right strength.

For lavender oil, you’ll want to use “BP” or “medicinal strength”. If the one you have is too concentrated, you can dilute it by adding 15mls of grape seed or sweet almond oil to every 10 drops of lavender oil.

You can generally find these oils at your local health food store, pharmacy, or supermarket. After cleaning the piercing, you can apply the lavender oil/mixture properly by using a q-tip. Try to get the lavender oil/mixture into the piercing hole by moving the jewelry back and forth through the piercing and wipe any excess away with a clean tissue or disposable paper product.

This will lubricate the piercing and promote healing. As for cleaning the piercing, a saline nasal spray will work fine but if you don’t have any handy a sea salt soak will work just as well and can be used in place of the nasal spray or tea tree oil. Probably cheaper too!

In order to create a sea salt soak, just mix 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt (NOT table salt) with every 8 ounces of water and apply with a cotton ball, swab, or q-tip. If dryness persists, reducing the amount of sea salt in the mixture to 1/8 teaspoon per 8 ounces of water may help. Also, be sure not to over-clean the piercing site.

You shouldn’t need to clean it more than a couple of times per day but can rinse the piercing area with water and dry with a disposable paper product between cleanings if necessary or desired.

Hope it helps!

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Shakura May 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Is a saline nasal spray OK to use?? All I have is tea tree oil and lavender oil

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Kathy May 22, 2014 at 2:18 am

Hi!!
I got my nose pierced a month ago, and at 2 weeks I changed the screw to a 14kt gold one because the other one was too big. Now, since i’ve had the gold one, my nose has a few good days were it doesn’t hurt or ooze, and a lot of days were it kinda hurts and oozes white stuff. Is it the gold? Should I change it again to a stainless steel one? P.S. I always clean it 2 times a day with antibacterial soap.. Any opinions??
Thanks :)

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noseringsadmin May 26, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Hi Kathy,

Most likely, the issue isn’t related to the gold itself though it could be related to the particular jewelry piece. Do you know whether you have a nickel allergy? One possibility is that you have an allergy not to the gold but to traces of nickel inside the gold. Nickel allergies are extremely common, especially in women.

Even in expensive gold jewelry, nickel can be present in small quantities. Another possibility is that your piercing became irritated when the jewelry was switched. Since it’s still so new and probably hadn’t finished healing when the jewelry was switched, it would have been easy for the piercing site – being an open wound – to become agitated when tampered with or get bacteria inside of it during the process.

If you have or can get a hold of any nickel jewelry (quite common in cheaper metal jewelry and easy to find in teen fashion stores such as at the mall), you can test whether you have an allergy to it by wearing it for a day or so. If you start to itch and/or get tiny blisters on the skin where the jewelry is, you have a nickel allergy and your most likely cause of your new piercing issues, unfortunately, is your new nose jewelry

If you don’t have a reaction, the issue is probably just the recent jewelry change. Fortunately, white discharge and some pain is quite common for a new piercing. Just keep an eye on the piercing while continuing your aftercare process. If the area becomes too dry, consider using a sea salt soak instead of the soap.

If you develop a fever or burning sensation around the piercing site, notice an increase in pain or swelling, or notice unusual discharge (a bit of oozing or bleeding is normal but pus, especially when combined with other infection symptoms, can be a red flag), however, it’s highly recommended that you see a physician ASAP as you may likely have an infection.

Thanks for commenting!

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M May 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Hi,

I got my nose pierced a little more than a month ago. Everything was smooth and after 10 days (on my piercer’s advice) I came back and had her change the stud to a ring. She always told me to just clean with water, nothing else. Then I made the mistake of accidentally putting some makeup on/around the piercing, as well as touching/turning the nose ring with perhaps not properly clean hands. I didn’t think so much about it at the time since it looked fine. However a couple of days ago I noticed a reddish bump right next to the piercing – which I tried to pop (obviously a bad idea) and the day after that – today – went to my piercer where she ‘burned’ it away using some tool I don’t know the name of and ‘a healing stone’, black – which she told me would look like a pimple. It indeed did – and now some hours later it kind of looks like a black paste over the infected area. Is this something to worry about or should I just not touch it for a week like she recommended and then go back to her? It doesn’t hurt at all but it just looks very stupid and I’d like some more info on this procedure but googling is not helping.

Thanks in advance

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noseringsadmin May 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Very interesting inquiry! While there is no proven evidence that I know of to show that the use of healing stones in relation to piercings is an effective method, let alone a commonly accepted one, I also haven’t found proof that it won’t help.

That said, you’ll want to determine the type of bump you’re dealing with and treat it accordingly to preserve both your piercing and your health. The appearance of a small bump growing around your nose piercing isn’t uncommon but it is something that needs to be cared for.

Determine whether the bump is solid or not and whether it’s pus or fluid filled, a keloid, or a granuloma. A keloid is a type of scar that forms at the site of a healed injury and is composed of collagen. A granuloma is an inflammation made up of a collection of immune cells known as macrophages and caused by the immune system’s attempt to wall off substances that it perceives as foreign but is unable to eliminate.

Whichever type of bump you have, you should NOT attempt to pop or pierce it. You can use a hot compress to get rid of the bump. If it is a keloid, vitamin E and lavender may also help. If the bump persists and causes your pain or gets bigger, you should visit a dermatologist right away.

Hope it helps!

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M May 22, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Thanks. It seems its some sort of a styptic pencil, burning away the bump. I went back to her and she said it looked good, took the black stuff off and burned some more and the bump has almost gone. But I’m still left with the black burning remains where it was, which she says should go away in a couple of days, fall off by themselves like wounds do. Here’s to hoping!

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Adrienne May 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

My daughter got her nostril pierced Friday afternoon, and her stud seems to be “sinking” into her skin, when she woke this morning there was a bit of skin growth over the stud. Is there something wrong? Is it a bad piercing? Or is this a normal reaction?

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noseringsadmin May 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Hi Adrienne,

Please read this article on how to deal with nose piercings sinking in: http://nose-rings-guide.com/piercing-sinking-in.html

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Adrienne May 24, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Thanks for the article link! She has had her piercing for 8 days now and is doing great., it was her sweet 16 birthday surprise gift! It appears that she had the inside hook part twisted in an upward manner which was pulling the stud inward, along with some swelling. She is having some blood when she blows her nose and disrupts the scabing process on the inside, but all is good, it is healing with no signs of infection. It was just a mother’s job to worry.

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noseringsadmin May 26, 2014 at 4:18 am

It’s great she got it sorted out, and I’m glad it’s healing well!

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Wildechild May 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Hello!
I got my nostril pierced 3 weeks ago with a 20g surgical steel l-shaped stud. Healing has been going great– the piercing moves well without any pain and I have no bumps or redness. Unfortunately, this week I came down with a nasty cold and the l-shaped stud seems to really accumulate drainage from my sinuses to the point where it’s almost impossible to clean effectively. Naturally I’m worried that this will lead to infection. I was wondering if it would be possible to switch to a ring that would be easier to clean. All I have, though, is a 24g seamless hoop that I bought from the piercer to change to after 4-6 weeks.

Thank you!
Mary

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noseringsadmin May 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Thanks for the inquiry, Mary!

First of all, congratulations on your new piercing! Since you’ve had it in a few weeks now, you should be able to change the jewelry without complications as long as the affected area has not yet become too irritated or infected.

Of course, be certain to use clean hands if changing the jewelry yourself as to avoid introducing foreign bacteria or debris to the piercing site. If you’re not confident about changing the jewelry yourself, you can visit your piercer to have it done.

Normally in this situation, I’d recommend that you switch to a hinged hoop nose ring to minimize the chance of mucus hardening on the piece of jewelry and maximize your ability to clean the jewelry effectively (since you can rotate the ring in order to clean it). If you are unable to get a hold of a hinged hoop, you may wish to consider switching to your 24g seamless hoop a little early.

Though I’d recommend getting a second opinion from your piercer, in your particular situation switching to an easier to clean piece may be more likely to save your piercing than waiting the extra 1-3 weeks before making the switch.

Best of luck!

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katie May 18, 2014 at 12:37 am

Hi,
So I got my nostril pierced 5 months ago by a professional. It was done with a needle and stud. Everything has been great I’ve changed the piercing a couple times with other studs and it seems to be healed. The only problem is that I would like to wear a hoop but whenever I put one in it sticks out. I would like it to lay flat against my nose and not stick out so much. I’ve tried multiple sizes, styles, and gauges but they all seem to look really big and gap. Any suggestions for getting the hoop to lay flatter against my nostril?

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noseringsadmin May 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Hi Katie,

Unfortunately, the look and fit of a piece of jewelry often varies a great deal from person to person as well as between precise location of the piercing on the body. The issue you’re having with wearing a hoop may be caused by the location of the piercing on your nose or even simply the shape of the nose.

Hoops in piercings that are located further forward on the nose, closer to the bridge, and pierced above the nostril curve won’t typically lay as flat as ones located closer to the rest of the face and a little lower. The reason for this is because ones that are closer to the rest of your face and pierced through the nostril curve will rest over the curvier, more rounded part of your nostril therefore fitting the curve of a hoop more snugly.

Hoops will also fit more snugly on a nose with more rounded nostrils. This doesn’t mean there is no hope, however! Of the more conventional solutions, a small hoop is the easiest way to get a close fit. As you said this didn’t fully work for you though, I’d recommend searching for an oval shaped hoop, rather than a round one, or even having one custom made. This will cause the sides of the jewelry to lay more flat against the nose since the jewelry won’t be quite as rounded as a normal hoop.

Hope this helps!

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Mitzi May 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Hi, so I got my nose pierced a few weeks ago and it doesn’t hurt or anything but in the inside, there’s a thick black crusty around the ring, not attached to my skin and I’ve tried soaking it so it’ll soften but nothing is working. any advice on what else I can use?

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noseringsadmin May 17, 2014 at 11:27 am

Try submerging your nose into a cup of saline solution and keep it there for a good while and see if that does the trick!

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saturn May 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Hi hey OK so my nostril is in pain BC I re pierced my nose to a larger ring. Its been two days and my hoop ring doesn’t move at all. I thought about adding a&d but its not a tattoo so I didn’t want to mess around with that. Every time I try to move it, its stuck. What should I do. Helpp please. How long will I be able to move my hoop ring?

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noseringsadmin May 11, 2014 at 11:06 am

Looks to me that the piercer didn’t know what he/she was doing – the initial piercing should move around freely and only when it’s fully healed it’s advisable to stretch it and use larger gauge jewelry! So it’s say – go to a different piercer to get a second opinion and a smaller gauge jewelry.

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Krystal May 9, 2014 at 3:59 am

Hi… so i got my septum done through the cartilage like 3 days ago and i have a retainer (thing that flips in your nose so noone sees) and i was told by the piercer i didnt have to do anything to clean it so i havent been and its starting to crust already which i heard was normal. I was wondering if i flip it up for the whole 3 months if it would get stuck like that. Its kind of stupid to ask but my mother had pegs in her foot and they ended up getting stuck in there because the doctor never removed them sooner. So could i get some feed back? Please and thanks you

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noseringsadmin May 11, 2014 at 11:04 am

Hi Krystal,

It’s definitely advisable that you perform saline soaks on your septum because it’s not good to keep the crust building up!

So basically place your nose in a cup of saline solution and let it stay there so that the crust softens – just don’t use your fingernails! Use cotton swabs to clean it all off, and also you should twist the retainer down and then back up so that it doesn’t get too stuck in the piercing.

Hope it helps!

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Lizzy May 7, 2014 at 3:44 am

I had my nosed pierced for about 8 months now. I use salt water off and on or tea tree oil. Today i attempted to change my L shape nose ring to a stud. When i put on the stud it didn’t go all the way through my nose. I would estimate that i needed a centimeter or two so the nose stud could come fully through my nose. I am wondering if something is wrong because the inside of my nose is swollen hence why the stud wont go all the way through. I ended up washing my L shaped nose ring and putting it back in. Is this swelling inside normal? Can it go away if so how?

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noseringsadmin May 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Hi Lizzy,

The L shaped nose ring goes through the nostril, right? Maybe the stud is slightly bigger gauge and that’s why it won’t go all the way through?

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Lizzy May 9, 2014 at 3:09 am

Yes the L shaped nose ring does go through my nostril. The L shaped nose ring was actually the one i got my nose pierced with so it is surgical steel. The L shaped nose ring is also a bigger gauge than the stud so the stud should fit nicely. The stud does not give any trouble going in my nose but it is to short because my nose is swollen. The best way to describe the swelling inside my nose is a bump in the pierced inside middle of my nostril. If the swelling/bump was not there then the stud would be long enough. My concern is , Is it normal to have that bump inside your nose?

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noseringsadmin May 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

The tiny growth inside your nose may be scar tissue – the so called keloid – in which case there’s not much you can do about it. If it’s not sore, doesn’t ooze anything, then the likelihood is that it’s a keloid – so you may want to get looked at by a professional and see if it’s a keloid or something that can be removed.

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Steff May 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Hi.,

Got my nose pierced around 5 weeks ago and everything has been fine, no pain etc. However recently it looked as though a part of skin beside the stud was kind of growing over it if that makes sense? Only partially, and when I woke up the other day it was slightly crusty with a little blood residue and it’s been a little gooey (gross word I know but best I can describe it, not puss really) . Anyway is this an infection? Really hope not, was looking forward to putting in a hoop!

Thanks,

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noseringsadmin May 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Maybe you should consider getting a bit longer stud because this one seems to be tiny bit too short because it’s sinking in. Alternatively, you may actually get a high-quality hoop and ask your piercer to insert it into the piercing – but make sure to get a second opinion on whether it might be slightly infected.

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Elaine May 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I just want to make sure I’m doing this right.

I got my nose pierced Saturday 5/3/14 and I cleaned it that night with Dial antibacterial soap but it had a fragrance to it so I switch to doing a non iodine sea salt clean and soak, every morning I get up boil water and use 4 teaspoons of sea salt and I let that come to a boil then I let it cool before I dip q-tips and cotton balls in to get ready to clean. I have a few crusties but its usually under my piercing on the outside when I push it up to clean and no crusties on the inside of the nose. I refrigerate the mixture and boil it and clean/soak before I go to bed.

I’m doing the cleaning process correctly?

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noseringsadmin May 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I’d say don’t mix that much salt – as a general rule use 1/4 teaspoon to 250ml (8oz) hot water.

First boil it, then dissolve salt in it.

Speaking of refrigerating it and then boiling it again – I don’t think you need to boil it again, just warm it up to your body temperature.

Other than that, you’re doing it all perfectly!

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Terry May 5, 2014 at 6:04 am

Hi!!
I had my nose pierced about a week ago. It hasn’t pained me at all and I think it’s healing fine… Other than I have a darker ring around my piecing site. I know my hoop is stainless steel. I just wanted to see if that was a part of the healing process. I wondered was it darker and not red or anything do to me being African American. Thanks! I look forward to hearing back from you.

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noseringsadmin May 5, 2014 at 7:50 am

Well, in this case the hoop might not be made of pure surgical steel and there may be some nickel content which turns the skin dark!

If I were you, I’d probably consider changing it for a Bioplast nose ring http://nose-rings-guide.com/bioplast-nose-rings.html or a high quality surgical steel one http://nose-rings-guide.com/surgical-steel-nose-rings.html

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Mishal April 26, 2014 at 11:34 am

Hii, I got my nose pierced like 18 days ago. I got it pierced with a needle and thread. Is that okayy? I mean now there is a puss on the inside and it hurts too. And there is a white liquid coming out from the outer side but not continuously. At first i did start cleaning it with a saline solution. But now i don’t and i put coconut oil. So, How many days should it take to get better? And when will i be able to put a gold nose stud? I’m scared that it’s ruined. And what am i doing wrong that there is a puss? :’(

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noseringsadmin May 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Hi Mishal,

You should head to a doctor’s immediately to get some antibiotic because it looks like an infection! And definitely don’t use coconut oil – ONLY saline!

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Jenaisha April 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

I got my nostril piercing done on the 19th which was about 3 days ago and it seems as if my piercing is sinking in . I have the nose screw I believe , what should I do about it ?

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Jenaisha April 22, 2014 at 8:13 am

Well it’s a hook instead of a stud

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noseringsadmin May 1, 2014 at 6:37 pm

You should consider getting a longer piece maybe – it depends on how bad it is. Is there a crust on the other end of the piercing or a small accumulation of pus inside the nostril maybe that prevents the piercing coming all the way out?

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Lauren April 19, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Hi, so I’ve recently gotten my septum pierced (three days ago) and I’ve had it flipped up while around my parents because they absolutely HATE piercings or any sort of body modifications. I’m 18 and I got it done by a professional (whom I’ve gone to before for other piercings). He pierced it sort of low in my opinion but looking at other pictures on Google I think it’s fine (maybe it’s just my nostrils or something). Anyways, my mom saw the piercing while it was flipped up. My original thought was “wtf, how can you see it?” I lied and said it was fuzz or something. I don’t want to risk her seeing it again but I am totally unwilling to take it out. I was wondering if there was a way I could get a black retainer for it (because the one I have is a silver horseshoe) and change the piercing myself. My piercer won’t be in until Wednesday so it’s either take it out and re-pierce later or change it myself. Would it be okay to change it or wait to re-pierce( :c )?

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noseringsadmin April 20, 2014 at 6:11 am

Hi Lauren,

Getting it re-pierced is obviously the last thing you want because you went through all the hassle of getting it done, and now you’d have to wait till it heals and then do it again…

I’d suggest you get one of those transparent septum retainers – you can find them on this page here: http://body-jewelry-guide.com/clear-body-jewelry.html

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Briana April 18, 2014 at 1:36 am

Hi, I got my nostril done about 3 weeks ago & just this morning I saw a tiny bump above my hoop. It wasn’t red, or hard or anything but there was a little white liquid coming out while I was cleaning it. May it have a minor infection?

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noseringsadmin April 20, 2014 at 6:07 am

If it’s white it’s a manor infection just like you said it. Considering it’s not painful or swollen it doesn’t sound like it’s seriously infected, but if it keeps oozing the white stuff from now on you should probably consider getting checked out by your piercer in case you need some treatment!

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Katie April 17, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Hi, I got my nose pierced yesterday, and the guy used a gun to put a nose bone (but it’s more like a pointy arrow than a ball on the end) through my nose. It didn’t bleed, it didn’t hurt because I asked him to numb it. It’s not really as sore as last night, but when I move it slightly to the right to clean it, it feels like a tiny stabbing sensation. Is this normal? There is also a slight bit of black/maybe brown crust around the piercing inside my nostril, but it won’t budge! Should I worry about this or will it drop out on its own? I clean it with salt water on an ear bud twice a day… (Never had a piercing before!!)

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noseringsadmin April 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Hi Katie – using a gun isn’t really a professional job in my opinion because there’s an increased chance of a tissue damage. Needle will do a much better job but one you’ve already done it don’t freak out too much about the crust inside the nostril. I must be some blood crusted around the piercing hole so I’d say leave it for a couple of days and it has to fall off by itself.

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Kayla April 17, 2014 at 2:32 am

Hello :) So i had my nose piercing for 5 weeks now. I had no problems with it other then the expected. Well i had changed my nose stud today to a bigger stud & i used sea salt & bacterial soap through the processe but it is still pink/red..an kinda sore…no signs of puss or crust. I was wondering if this is normal after changing the original jewelry it has been pierced with?

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noseringsadmin April 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Just leave it be – obviously you irritated the piercing a tiny bit while changing the jewelry and it seems pretty normal to me! ;-)

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Angel April 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I got my nose pierced 3 days ago & now I have cold like symptoms:(Runny/stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat) is this caused from the piercing? The piercer told Me my sinuses would drain; could this be what’s happening? & how do I keep it from getting infected from the runny nose? Thanks in advance.

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noseringsadmin April 17, 2014 at 10:23 pm

It’s not likely that your piercing would become infected from the runny nose – just make sure you don’t irritate the piercing by wiping your nose etc!

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briana April 13, 2014 at 11:41 pm

What sailine do I use the nastrol?

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noseringsadmin April 17, 2014 at 10:21 pm

You’re welcome to choose from our product range above – they’re great aftercare products and will do a really good job!

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D.Cole April 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I’m on the go a lot so what brand of saline solution can I buy for my nose piercing? One that is not too strong…

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noseringsadmin April 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm

You can choose one of the aftercare products we offer – just check the products just below the article above!

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Rawan April 1, 2014 at 4:49 am

Hey I just got my nose pierced a few hours ago. So when I washed my face before bed the nose stud rotated a bit and there was some blood. I cleaned it with saline solution after and twisted it so the screw on the inside wouldn’t stick out of my nose, is that too much movement for it so early? I’m kind of freaked that it moved around only a few hours after being pierced that it will mess up healing or am I just being paranoid? Is it okay to rotate and adjust it so early after being pierced or if the metal inside sticks out should I just leave it? Thanks!

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noseringsadmin April 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Hi Rawan,

You’re freaking out a bit and it’s understandable, but if you move it around occasionally it’s really no big deal!

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Krystle March 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Hi! I got a nostril piercing 4 days ago, the pain from the piercing itself went away the second day I had it. No crusting, blood, redness, or anything. Now all of a sudden, when I woke up yesterday I noticed it was very sore anytime I touch anywhere around it, flare my nostrils, or even move my face in an odd way. There’s what looks like a lot of swelling or a large bump inside of the nostril and what looks like white discharge clumped on the inside of the stud. And when I touch the outside of my nose right next to the piercing, it is very hard feeling. But still no redness, blood, outside swelling, or heat. Is this a sign of infection or part of the normal healing process??

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noseringsadmin March 31, 2014 at 6:23 am

It’s hard to say for definite if you’ve got an infection going on there – but to stay on the safe side I’d just go back to the piercer and ask them if they think it’s OK – especially considering you mentioned white discharge.

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Abby March 6, 2014 at 3:41 am

I got my nose pierce 2 days ago and it was fine the first day but tgen the next day it started sinking into my nose and I kept pushing it up but it keeps going down all the time. I dont know what to do!Will it go back to the way it was? Shall I keep pushing it up?

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noseringsadmin March 9, 2014 at 7:02 am

Hi Abby,

I think your nose is a bit swollen which is totally natural after the piercing procedure, so the piercing is kind of sinking into the nose but it should fix itself after a few days!

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lilly March 6, 2014 at 12:26 am

Hi. I got my nostrol pierced a month ago and I ad been cleaning it regularly with peroxide and dpong what the lady told me to. But recently I noticed that there is a bump around it and its been bleeding a little. I have a couple dogs and they sometimes bite my nose where my piercing is and when I cleaned it the other day I saw some pus looking stuff come out. Is that normal? Should I be concerned?

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noseringsadmin March 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

Hi Lilly, it looks like an infection – pus is almost a definite sign of it, so you’d better get checked out by a doctor and of course don’t let your dogs near your piercing!

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Rebecca February 27, 2014 at 6:33 am

Hi, I got my nose pierced a week ago, I’ve been cleaning it twice a day with warm sea salt water, but recently I’ve been getting a lot of white ooze right after I clean my ring. The swelling is starting to go away and I always get redness after I clean my ring. Any thing I should be worried about?

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noseringsadmin March 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Hi Rebecca,

If the ooze is transparent you shouldn’t worry too much but if it’s indeed white or with a yellow hue, you should get it checked if it’s still there – it might be an infection.

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lisa February 24, 2014 at 12:58 am

I recently got my nose pierced. Ive woken up the last couple mornings with it bleeding. Is this normal.and also is it ok to clean the piercing with anti bacterial soap.

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noseringsadmin March 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

You must have been touching the piercing while asleep – that’s why it bleeds, I guess. Are you putting a small bandage over it when going to bed? If not – you may want to do it for the next 10 days or so!

Speaking of antibacterial soap – yes, you can apply a bit when showering but mostly you should do sea-salt soaks.

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Tracie February 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Hi,
I am 5 weeks into a nortil pierce healing. I have contemplated changing the stud (pierced with a bone due to thin and dainty nose). My healing has been flawless. Never a crusty, never a seeping, never seen any bumps and never any additional inflammation outside of the first twenty four hours. Used saline solution and salt/water paste for the first two weeks (x3 a day) and now doing it less frequently like twice a day, although I don’t feel it’s necessary. However, night before last I woke up and I thought I had a crusty scab material on the nose (while mid sleep) and as it turned out I actually pulled my stud bone completely out. Good thing was there was no pain at all and my hole was nice and clean. I used antiseptic towelette and wiped the nose and I used alcohol on a new stud (and then used an antiseptic towelette) and I put in the new stud (same size gauge and length as the original stud is still missing). So I went back to doing the salt mixture and saline again for reassurance. The reason I am contacting you today is that I noticed when I put tea tree oil on a q-tip to put on the hole and stud this morning, I noticed a stabbing pain when the stud was pushed upward. That was not there before today. I was pretty much able to move the nose around and the stud comfortably. I do know that was my first “change” and I don’t think I got the angle right on the first attempt…..but I was able to get it on the second attempt quite easily. Perhaps I am sensitive because maybe I jabbed the inside in a wrong direction? Or is this just “normal” of the first piercing change and I am being paranoid? I have been watching since the change yesterday morning and there was no sight of blood or any seeping. My only symptom was the stabbing feeling I felt while doing the tea tree oil (preventative for infection) and the q-tip pushed the stud upwards. Should I go back to my intervals of cotton ball soaks and worry less or is there something to be concerned about. This piercing has been so easy…I would hate to have something go wrong when it is so close to being healed. Thanks in advance for your advice.
Tracie

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noseringsadmin February 21, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Hi Tracie, by the sounds of it you indeed might have slightly damaged the newly healed skin on the inside of the piercing so it might explain why you experienced a sudden jolt of pain.

Having said this, it’s also a bit weird that there was no pain while you were inserting the new stud, so in my opinion it’s just a coincidence – while the stud was pushed upwards, it must have hit some nerve in the piercing wound or something.

Provided there’s no swelling, no discharge, no blood – basically it’s not infected – I can’t see any reason why you should be overly worried about this… So maybe there’s no need to go back to regular cotton ball soaks because it’s been 5 weeks and by all accounts your nose piercing should be quite well healed.

So I’d say – just leave it to heal naturally and try to touch the nose stud as rarely as possible to give it a good chance to heal very well. There’s this approach in body piercing healing by the way called LITHA – read more about it here: http://body-jewelry-guide.com/leave-it-the-hell-alone.html

By the way – you can get a free body jewelry for sending in your nose piercing experience, are you interested? All you have to do is write a story – judging by your comment writing shouldn’t be an issue here! – take a pic of your nose piercing and submit it here: http://freebodypiercings.com/

As soon as I publish it on the site here, I’ll send a free piercing of your choice to you! ;-)

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Tracie February 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm

LOL! I am a talker. I will most definitely follow the links, review and upload. What a wonderful offer. That is very kind and big thank you for the advice, too. I feel better having received it.

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noseringsadmin March 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

No problem Tracie! I hope the piercing is getting better now!

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Lauren February 15, 2014 at 11:03 pm

So, I just got my nose pierced yesterday. I know seasalt works the best with my piercings, but they didn’t have any of the spray at walmart when I went. Can you use the ear antiseptic on a nose piercing?

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noseringsadmin February 20, 2014 at 4:01 am

Hi Lauren, you can use the ear antiseptic and it’s a must if the piercing is infected. In your case you should get the saline solution though because as you said yourself – it is the best thing to maintain optimal healing conditions and facilitate formation of new skin!

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Jade D'Nae February 12, 2014 at 4:46 am

So i pierced my nose (stud) 4 weeks ago and it always seems like my nose is just stuffy? And i dont have a cold but i recently had surgery and thats when it got worst?? I dont even know what to ask other than is that normal???

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noseringsadmin February 20, 2014 at 3:57 am

Hi Jade, sounds as if your piercing had affected your immune system a tiny bit – but maybe it’s just a coincidence! There’s no real reason why it should be happening! Are you sure it’s not the piercing within the nostril that just creates an impression as if the nose is blocked?

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Vianca Crawford February 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I got a septum piercing a few weeks ago. Not far up more towards the tip of my nose and I have a bump on the inside next to the side that the needle entered and its now oozing a bit. I’m using Bactine to clean it. Should I be concerned and is there anything else I can do?

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noseringsadmin February 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Hi Vianca,

Sounds like there might be a small infection and there’s a slight build-up of pus inside the bump – especially if it’s painful and oozing. Keep using Bactine, soak it with saline solution and if it doesn’t go away in a few days, visit a doctor because you may have to take some antibiotic to kill the bacteria.

Also there’s a possibility that it’s a keloid – a small growth of tissue – in which case there’s not much you can do about it. If it’s a keloid, however, it shouldn’t be oozing anything, so I’d say if it’s oozing it’s 99% infected.

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new piercing February 4, 2014 at 12:09 am

i just got my nose pierced 3 days ago, today when i got out of the shower it looked like there was a little bit of puss around it but not a lot it just wiped right off with a cotton swab. should i be concerned?

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noseringsadmin February 4, 2014 at 12:27 am

If the nostril is swollen and tender to touch, then it’s most likely slightly infected and that’s why there’s a little bit of pus oozing out.

You may want to dab a little bit of antibacterial soap onto the piercing while showering to counteract the infection, but if it’s getting worse you definitely need to see a doc because you may need an antibiotic to treat the infection!

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abbie February 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Hi, I took my nose stud out and the inside closed up so my piercer Re piercired the inside and put a new stud in my nose almost a week ago now. I have a rash /very dry skin around the stud (on the half my nose is pierced and on my face surrounding the nose), I’ve tried tea tree oil, Vaseline, moisturiser and salt water, each of these irritates it and it’s very itchy at times, what should I do to clear it up asap?!

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noseringsadmin February 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Hi Abbie,

It sounds to me that it might be some sort of a skin condition unrelated to the piercing!

You should go see a doctor – especially if the dry skin was already there before you got your nose pierced!

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ayanna January 30, 2014 at 11:07 am

hi, i just got my piercing done today, and i took it out and cleaned my nose after and piercing jewelry, and i don’t plan to put it back in, is there anything specific i should do to keep it clean and closed still with no infection?
please& thank you

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noseringsadmin January 31, 2014 at 7:31 am

The piercing wound is small enough, so you shouldn’t really be doing anything special to make it heal faster because it doesn’t bleed or anything, I guess. Other than that, make sure you don’t get it dirty and treat it as any other wound you may have – keep it clean and dry it off with a clean cotton bud after showering and you should be all right!

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habbiba January 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Hi,

I got my nose piercing 5 days ago with a gun and it seemes to be sinking in my nose. It also has a yellow substence forming around the nose ring. The nose ring used is like a normal earing stud and i was thinking to change it into a hoop but aint sure as it has only been 5 days but im scared it will sink right in . What do I do?

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noseringsadmin January 31, 2014 at 7:29 am

I’d say from experience that there’s no way it would sink in! The impression of “sinking in” is created most likely by the fact that the nostril is slightly swollen and so the nose stud is pushed into the nostril a bit. For as long as the stud has the top bead bigger than the stud itself, you should be fine, but if it really starts sinking in you should go back to the piercing studio to insert a longer nose ring!

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yoyo January 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I pierced my nose a day ago and as I was washing it my face cloth got caught in it and it got pulled out its hurting a little and has a little swelling on the inside an the swelling is a little over the bar is there anything I should be worried about? What do I do

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noseringsadmin January 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Hi Yoyo,

The swelling is normal – it should go away within a couple of weeks – up to 4 weeks it should disappear for definite.

You may want to put some antibacterial soap onto it while showering; other than that use saline solution and leave it to heal.

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Cassie January 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

So I just got ny nose pierced a couple hours ago, and I was just wondering if i should put a bandaid in it when i sleep or not? I got a hook stud btw

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noseringsadmin January 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Hi Cassie, if it’s a hood stud, there’s no need for Band-aid because you need your piercing would to breathe and heal properly!

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Annie January 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I’ve had my nose piercing for 4 days so far. When i flare my nostrils the stud starts to come out but not fully. My starter stud isn’t one of those that is L shaped, it just has a very small ball at the end of it. I’m afraid that it’s going to fall out during the day without me noticing it and lose it. What should i do about it? Please help. Thank you.

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noseringsadmin January 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Hi Annie,

It’s designed not to slip out; you can put a strip of Band-aid over the piercing overnight if you’re really concerned it might slip out. On the other hand, having it covered isn’t the best thing for healing, so you may want to visit the piercing studio again to get an L shaped nose ring inserted!

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lash December 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hi so I got my nose pierced a week ago, it’s a little sore, no bleeding, no crusty yellow stuff, it’s just swollen on the inside of my nose. I use to be able to see the whole little bar inside my nose, and now I can just see the end of it. Is this normal, and if so how long could I expect the inside of my nose to be swollen ?

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noseringsadmin December 29, 2013 at 4:19 am

The swelling might last for about 2 weeks tops – then it should go away!

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Rebecca Sizemore December 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

So I just got my nose pierced 3 days ago the first day everything was clear and normal but the day after I got a ring of this hard yellow stuff it’s ugly and I don’t like it. There is no pain or swelling and it’s not even red anymore I’ve been cleaning it like I should I would like to know what this is please.

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noseringsadmin December 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Hi Rebecca,

By the sounds of it, it’s a very slight infection, so I’d suggest you go back to the piercing studio and show them the piercing so they can see and make a decision if you need an antibiotic or you’ll be fine just by applying some antibacterial soap onto it while taking a shower.

Nose Rings Guide

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chelsea December 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I was told not to clean it with a sea salt mixture I was told to clean it with antibacterial soap. but I have a question I was wondering how to clean it with the soap if I cant use a qtip

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noseringsadmin December 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Just use a pearl-sized drop of fragrance free antibacterial soap on the outside of your nostril to clean the nose ring and the wound – but don’t be too thorough because you can damage the wound and prevent it from healing by rubbing it too much. Just apply it, keep it there for some 30 secs and then rinse it off.

I would still warmly suggest using saline solution as well because it will accelerate the healing process!

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Dayzie July 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

So just yesterday I got my nose pierced. And it was fine looking how its suppose to. And then today I woke it looked just fine. Then later when I noticed that there was dried blood so I cleaned it, and then it came off. I put it back in. Ever since then the screw sticks out a lot. So I pushed it in as much as possible, and it worked but than minutes later the screw keeps sticking out and I don’t know what to do.

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jaslev July 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

The peircing isnt “sinkng” it looks that way because you nose is a bit swollen.

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stevenie July 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

I’ve had my nose pierced for almost a week now, and my piercing comes out often. It doesn’t close or swell or hurt. Is it okay to get a new piercing now??

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Alekhika Parida July 23, 2013 at 3:25 am

Hi.. I had my nose piercing on the month of may… still I am having swelling and pus in it.. please help me out of this problem….

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ahlam June 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I got my nose pierce 2 days ago and it was fine the first day but tgen the next day it started sinking into my nose and I kept pushing it up but it keeps going down all the time. I went back to the place where I got it pierced but they said the piercer left and now I dont know what to do!
Will it go back to the way it was? Shall I keep pushing it up?
Help???

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Lyndsey June 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I just got my nose pierced last Thursday and its only been a week and the last few days my jewelry that the piercer pierced it with is sinking into my nose , i don’t want to get rid of it but that is the only problem i am having please email me back about it because i don’t want to have to take it out and wait for it to heal just to get it redone

My email is LPrewitt93@yahoo.com

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Mara June 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm

So I just got my nose pierced today and he told me he had a specific place the corkscrew needed to be and not to move the position. When I blew my nose it did, so should the open end of the corkscrew face the inside of my nose or point outward to the opening of my nostril?

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rashida May 30, 2013 at 7:36 am

i had my piercing for almost a month and a half (six weeks) im afraid to take it out and change it. im not sure if its completely healed and i dont want it to close. another thing is lately its been feeling extra loose and i dont want it to fall out. this is new so im not really sure what to do about it

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Daejianelle May 4, 2013 at 2:55 am

Hi,
I am getting my nosed pierced today im afraid tht it will hurrt really bad what kind of nose ring sshould i get? how do i care for it? when can i change it? what size shsould i start off with?
PS; sorry for all the questions im really curious

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Ashley April 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Hey, I’ve had my nose pierced for about 3 months and it’s healed really well :) The only question I have is that, I want to change the stud to a ring, and my sister gave me a ring that she has previously worn. What do I use to sterelize the ring? I bought rubbing alcohol and hydrogen poroxide, but I don’t know which one would be better to clean it… Any suggestions? Thanks :)

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Renetta March 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

Hi, I just got my nose pierced about 2 weeks ago, today when i got in the shower to do my normal cleaning that i do everyday, then nose stud fell out, and went down the drain, So there was no way for me to get it back, lucky i had some that i bought from ardene, and i put one of those in, i was wondering does this have a higher chance to get infected, it’s not red or even swelled, and doesn’t hurt at all.

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Dedra March 22, 2013 at 5:58 am

I just got my nose pierced yesterday with a L shape…why does it keep sinking into my nose? Is that normal or should I get a longer one

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Nicole February 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm

You should ONLY clean your piercings(non oral) with soft soap…NO DYES NO PERFUMES! Anything else can cause infection or swelling/redness. DO NOT use neosporin like products, those are for scrapes NOT punctures. Wash it twice a day morning and night with soft soap, rinse it well and PAT it dry! If you want to put anything on it to keep it from drying/cracking Id use Aquaphor. You can find it at pretty much any store.

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Kristin January 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I got my nose pierced 2 days ago and my ring done fell out I scratched so I put it back in but I was wondering when will the swelling go down

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JODI December 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Hi,
Can you tell me why my ring nose ring keeps wanting to sink inside my nose? I try to give it a little push from the inside to keep it from sinking into my nose. I just got it done on 12-21-2012. it is an L shape but it has a curve at the end and it feels like it is pressing into my nostril. is this normal? should it curl at the end?

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lynn December 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I got my nose pierced oct 9th. For the past two weeks its been having a bump on the side of the piercing. I tried to avoid it but today I “popped” it and now it bleeding alot and puss came out. It looks like its my skin or “meat” thats surrounding the piercing. I keep cleaning it with peroxide but nothing works. Should I just take out the nose ring and wait to repierce it or what?

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cali November 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

is it ok to also clean your nose piercing with anti bacterial liquid soap.

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Megan canney January 29, 2014 at 4:33 am

No, because that will dry out your piercing quickly use dial soap (anti-bacterial) and make sure your hands are clean :)

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Amanda November 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I just got my nose pierced today-eyes watered a bit but the pain wasnt bad. The piercer swabbed my nose with alcohol and sanitized my nose screw with alcohol. Ive got a bottle of H2Ocean from Hot Topic and hope and pray theres no healing issues. I keep hearing about this dreaded bump and that would suuuuuuck!!

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david t. November 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I have a stud piercing . Is fine with healing but my ring constantly moves when iyawn eat and sneeze. What shouls I doabout this ?

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prachi October 14, 2012 at 2:48 am

oh hieee der..well i peirced on 13-10-2012what to do if i would get cold in fresh peircing??n how to wash face in fresh peircing?coz i m nt able to wash my face properly n even tell me wen i can remove this silver ring and can put new one. thanks

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chelsea September 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Hey guys so I just got my noes done and its healing super well all redness is gone and I can take it out with little to no pain. I was told to take my noes ring out and put it in a cap of alcohol to soak for 5-10 minutes but then I’m reading that alcohol is bad for it so I was just wondering should I keep soaking it in alcohol seeing as how it hasn’t bothered me yet or should I stop? I’ve had it done for probably a week now and it seems like the alcohol hasn’t done anything to it yet.

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Abbie July 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Hi folks, piercing artist here. For those of you asking about using dial or any other antibacterial soap, it’s a staple in aftercare as far as I’m concerned.
Sea salt soaks are great because they engulf the whole piecing, but they are very drying to the skin. New piercings are going to be dry. It’s just part of the healing process. Please resist the urge to apply chapstick or vaseline to your nose.
Sometimes, you have to change the ring/stud before the piercing is healed, especially when it seems your nose is eating it. My suggestion is to get a stud with a larger top or a ring instead of a stud. Consider if the stud is long enough. You could have a thick nostril. Any shop should be willing to walk you through any troubles, whether they performed the piercing or not.
Keep them clean and try not to snag them and you should be fine!

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Megan canney January 29, 2014 at 4:36 am

I have a white ring around my piercing hole at the top is that part of the healing process or is it an infection?

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Heidi July 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm

So I was given an alcohol based antiseptic to spray on my nose piercing three times a day. Is this an ok way to clean it?

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Kelley G July 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Ok- you can use saline or use what I use- walmart sells it, it’s ear piercing solution. I use q-tips, 2 at a time soaked in the ear piercing solution. I use 1 q-tip INSIDE while at the same time using the 2nd q-tip on the outside. Never an issue. And the 1st night I had it done I forgot and scratched my nose and the stud fell out- I went in the bathroom and popped it right back in- right away, I sterilized it in alcohol 1st, but let the stud dry on a clean tissue. It hurt a bit but I got it back in, its the kinda stud with the attached ball for a backing, so yeah it hurt putting it back in. Once it was in I just cleaned it like usual with the ear piercing solution. My bf left me for my 23 yo niece and i bawled a LOT- so I recommend trying not to cry as my stud DID get infected. But i just kept up 3 times a day with the ear piercing solution and within a day it was fine. Hope this helps!

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Roberta July 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

ok so i just got the right side of my nose pierced, and i was told tht 1/4 tspof sea salt in 8 oz of water is healthy to soak my nose in for 15 min. is it? my friend told me it eats the skin so it will never heall,.. is it healthy? should i keep doing it? i got the piercing the other day.

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Storm June 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

Okay so I’ve had my septum periced for about 2 months and I got my septum ring from hot topic and all of a sudden the past two days it dosent matter how much I clean it it turns the ring green help mee!!!

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JGirl June 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I am a pro at piercings just decided to do my nose last night but only had earring piercing kit at hand so popped the backing off one of them and did it. hurt for maybe 15 seconds then stopped now throbbing a little but not infected or anything so dont let anyone state that you can not use a ear piercing gun because yes you can just be smart about it takethe backing off and make sure you line it up right. or have a friend there to help. i would suggest ear care solution to help clean it and q-tips make sure to wash your hands before cleaning it then hold it in place and clean the inside with the q-tip then the outsid with the other end of the q-tip. should be just fine.

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COOL June 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

MY FRIEND GOT NOSE PIERSE WHAT SHOULD THEY YOUS ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP TO CLEAN THIS ?

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kirsten June 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Well i got mine done with a needle and they said only to wash it up to 3 times for the 1st month and showers were our best friends And dont fiddle around with it so Yah and she had like thousands of piercing so she new what she was says so take is comment as advice

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Chloe June 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

I got my nose pierced 13 months ago, I’ve never changed it because I’m scared I won’t be able to get it in. Also I never had blackheads until I got my nose pierced and now I can’t seem to get rid of them. What can I do to get rid of the blackheads without pulling put my nose piercing? :) thanks!

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Sunlily36 June 10, 2012 at 6:00 am

Hi guys, I got my nose pierced yesterday and the bar is so long it sticks into the other side of my nostril. So today I tried to change it to an L shape diamond 9ct Gold stud, but for some reason it would not go in, I could easily put the original stud in , but It bled quite a bit, now it is throbbing (concerned I might have got it infected, I guess I’ll know soon enough). Anyway my Q is if it is infected do I have to get antibiotics or will the warm salty water do the trick? I’ve been using Metho so far as that’s what I was told to use when I got my ears pierced. I don’t want to have to take the stud out and let it close up as it was a gift from my daughter, so any advice would be great….

Cheers

Sunlily36

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harmony June 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

i have just got my nose pierced 3 days ago and i already love it. i have been to the same piercer several times and he is always professional. i can say that having ur nose pierced does not hurt as much as getting ur top ear pierced. my piercer told me to leave in my starter stud for 12 weeks then i can change it if i feel it is healed enough!!!

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Brenda June 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I just had my nose pierced on June 1, 2012.
They told me to use and antibacterial soap (dial) to wash the piercing inside and outside 3 times a day. I had to look on here to see how many weeks to continue cleaning it.

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Girl 21 May 17, 2012 at 1:18 am

I got my nose pierced with needle on May 11th 2012.I apply coconut oil twice daily for 5 days(that is what the person who pierced my nose said)..I was wondering how will I know when I can change to my new nose stud?

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Mary May 1, 2012 at 8:37 am

I got my nose pierced April 24th, it was fine, I was washing twice a day with sea salt soaks then 2 days in I started using antibacterial soap & the piercing started sinking. I went back to the piercer, he changed the stud & it was excellent until today (I washed it with soap again yesterday) when I woke up the whole L shaped jewelry went threw my nose so it was poking out on top I had to push it down which caused bleeding & the stud kind of sunk a little. I’m praying it doesn’t start sinking in again. So antibacterial soap is a big no-no for me now. Sticking to my sea salt even if it dries the skin around it.

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Marissa Park April 26, 2012 at 5:51 am

I got my nose pierced friday april 20th 2012, the guy there told me to use dial gold antibacterial liquid soap, the soap is making my nose dry and hurt its also irritating my nose ring making it red and kinda swollen but there is no puss or anything coming out which is good. i dont know what to do i have been following the instructions cleaning it three times a day. i need help.

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Deja April 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

I got my nose ring on March 19,2012 for my birthday and the piercer told me to wash it with soap and water but for a week I only been washing it once a day. Is that good or bad? It hasn’t gotten swollen or infected but I’m scared it will. Should I still wash it 2-3 times a day, like morning and night or just wash it once in the morning.

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shannon April 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

i got my nose done march 31st do you think i could take it out this month sometime or before i go on hoildays in may before the 11?

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ashley March 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

My nose ring is sinking in my nose. Its a cork. I stuck a clear back on the end up it to balance it so it wontsink into my skin what do I do?

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Renee Cook March 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I was wondering what else I could use other then saline solution or sea salt?

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amanda March 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

i got my nose pierced friday the person who did it dint tell me what to do. someone told me to use alcolo and then another friend told me not to use aloole to use mouth wash instead cuz i dont have the money to go out and get the other stuff my nose seems to be alright can any one tell me if iam doing the right thing

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gigi March 7, 2012 at 5:35 am

I got my nose pierced about three days ago..its fine no problems except my nose stud is practically digging in to me nostril and I don’t know what to do. I want to change it in to a ring so that it could heal and I could wear a stud …I don’t want to change it but I don’t really have a choice either because its digging into my nose..please let l me know what I could do about it.

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shelby February 22, 2012 at 4:52 am

I was just wondering, some people have told me I need to turn the stud like I would for a normal ear piercing.. should I do that or no?..

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Tracy February 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I got my right nostril pierced 5 years ago and I was told to use the regular dial yellow antibactial liquid soap inside and out 3-5 times a day and also saline solution inside and out 3-5 times a day for 6-8 weeks. I did this and had absolutely no problems. My right nostril has been perfectly fine and I don’t wear a nose ring everyday now cause its permanently open. As i read earlier that there were concerns about fibers from cotton balls and qtips, my solution at that was to thoroughly clean my hands especially under my nails and put soap on my finger and clean the inside of the nostril. Rinsing all the soap out is really important so if you can, inhale water into your nostril, be careful to not completely inhale it, just enough to get to the piercing, (it’s like being in a pool underwater without holding your nose). This seems odd but it works. You must rinse the antibacterial soap out thoroughly. Now today I had my left nostril done (so that i can have a choice on which side i want to wear or both) by a different piercer and I was given the same exact instructions. You can’t be lazy taking care of your new piercing, if you put the time and energy into it, you will have less problems and the time will fly by. I have been told both times not to change the piercing until it is completely healed at 8 weeks, so make sure you like what you have your nose pierced with. Putting the time in care into your piercing is worth it. I hope this helps someone.

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Shannon January 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Thank you so much for the aftercare info !! I just got my nose pierced today and OMG pain for a few second and now the after pain but its cute and i am glad its done !!

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Katie January 22, 2012 at 11:45 am

I got my nose peirced yesterday , and they used the gun . And today I noticed the swelling has gone down a bit .. But my stud seems to be sticking out a bit .. I can see the begging on the metal bar .. I try to push it back on but it will just come back out .. I’d that normal ? What should I do ?

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Lyingeyes11 January 22, 2012 at 6:46 am

carlie, buy some camomile tea bags soak one in hot water then apply it to your nose piecing have it as hot as you can stand it but not too hot that it will burn. Do this 3 times a day and the bump and any infection will be gone. I was told this by a professional piercer and have used it myself with great success.

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carlie January 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

hey i just got my nose pierced about 3 weeks ago and it has a red ring,bump around my screw it wont go away what can i try ??????

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Chyenne January 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm

@janelle yes you’ll be fine, that happened to me not to long ago. as long as you cleaned it and inserted as soon as possible, you’ll be fine.
I was wondering, does anyone else have a backless nose piercing like I do? also how do i clean it without fear of it falling out?

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Emily January 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

Hi, i just got my nostril pierced, and they told me it take 6 months to a year to heal. You said 4-6 weeks. I like the sound of that better. Would you say its safe to change after 6 weeks?

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janelle January 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Hey guys! So I pierced my nose yesterday with a trusted piercer who has pierced my belly button and my moms tongue etc. Today when I woke up the stud was sticking out a bit. He said this would happen and wouldn’t lay flat until healed completely, but i was wondering if this has occurred to anyone else? also today since it’s sticking out I accidentally brushed it with my hand and it fell out. Immediately I sprayed my nose with bactine and the stud and put it back in. When it fell out it bled a little bit. I was wondering if it’s going to be okay?

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Shanise December 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Thanx for this because person who did my nose didnt tell me anything…i asked her and she said no I dont need to do anything..i just hope I dont get a keloid…because I do get em….i got my labre done and nothing happened….

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char December 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Just got my nose pierced today, and the gun stung like a bitch!
It doesnt really hurt now tho, just throbs. Well i was just admiring my amazing nose piercing then i noticed the inside was swollen! And i thought “oh!” damn, is it supposed to be like that?…. then i started touching it and poking it and i thought oh my god…. its infected! :O the man at the piercing studio didnt even tell me what i was supposed to do really, so i kinda worried. especially when my dad said to me that if i dont twist it then my skin will heal over the piercing, because its acting as a wound in my body. So thank you so so much for this info. It was needed! This is gonna be bookmarked in my browswer :) Thank you.

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Hailey Maureen December 12, 2011 at 6:02 am

I got my nose pierced four days ago, and my piercing seems to be healing over the stud of the piercing. Any thoughts on what I should do? I really dont want to take it out because I do love the way it looks, but I’m curious as to if that’s normal for it to do, and if I should take it out. Thanks.

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Yvonne Daisley November 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Hey, I am travelling round the world and decided to get my nose pierced yesterday, I decided on a hoop (ring) rather than a stud, can you advise, when I am cleaning this should I also be trying to rotate?? I find this painful to do, so havent really done it yet? But scared incase the skin will heal over my hoop if I dont turn?? Please email me

Thanks again for the useful info above :)
xx

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Avemshink November 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Have had my nose pierced for about 6 mos love it!!! To those with keloids or bumps I was told to soak in saline solution… Nose in a shot glass for 10 mins twice a day- also I was told that at anytime I feel like I have a problem just to go back to soaking! Along with cleaning with antibacterial soap. I have recently switched from a L shape to a Screw, and it keeps being visible through my nostril how can I fix this? I bought a nice one in 14k gold with a diamond- so, I am not going to buy another one. I have seen comments about pinching it, but nothing about how to do it

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teresaa November 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I got a nose piercing and I took it out on the next day because of my parents but I still have the piercing because I put it in every night. Is my nose damage on the inside because I keep putting the stud in?

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kenetria October 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I have had my piercin for a week and there is a bump inside my nose..what is wrong

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Tasha October 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I got my nose pierced at the beginning of October and it is now mid October and my nose has been stuffy since I got it pierced only on the side I have it pierced why is that?

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Amanda October 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

hi!
i got my nose pierced on Tuesday and it randomlly started bleeding today, from the hole. not much blood was there but enough to make me paranoid! it is a bit sore on the inside and i think i may not be cleaning the inside of it properly as i am worried ill irritate it.
i had it pierced a few years ago however, a bump formed so i took it out. i am really worried the same thing will happen again! do you have any advice to avoid this possibly happening or are the chances pretty high that it will?

thanks! amanda

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Nicole September 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I just got my nose pierced yesterday& I have a corkscrew ring& I was wondering how to clean it when I’m not supposed to turn it or take it out, do I just soak the whole area?
– thanks so much :)

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beth September 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

thankyou for the advice, i wasnt offered anything in writing for after care and cant go back to the salon as it is in a different state from where i live. I was told not to move the earring in my nose but it flet like it was healing around it,so i have been moving it,now it feels much better. Thanks again.

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Kim September 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Just got my nostril pierced today! Love it! I went to a tattoo and body piercing place so I knew it would be alright. The guy told me to clean it with antibacterial soap though so I am wondering if the stuff you talk about in the article is better for it? One of my friends asked what gauge size it is. I don’t know. So he said it should be on my paperwork but the only thing I got back was my receipt. The gauge doesn’t matter until I go to change it, right? And since its just a bone should I put a precautional bandied on it at night to make sure it doesn’t pop out? There is also the fear that the bandied would pull it out at removal. Thanks! :)

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gabby September 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm

i just got my nose pierced 3 days ago, and the guy put a stud in with a long bar on the inside that curves to the side (to make sure i dont attept to take it out before going back in 3 months to see him) but im sick now, like sinus infection or something and after i blow my nose it feels like the bar has rotated? but then feels fine.. is it posible for the bar to rotate without me physically rotating it?

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MsPiggy September 9, 2011 at 11:29 am

You’re article is great! The only problem I’m having is that I’ve pierced my nose a year and a half ago and it still hasn’t completely healed! Help! I still get swellings sometimes and when I change the nose ring it gets irritated and bleeds. sighs please give me some pointers. Im kinda getting fed up and ready to just take it out and let it heal over!

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Ash July 24, 2011 at 4:17 am

Hi, I got my nose pierced two weeks ago,when the dr pierced it,she found it to push the thick stem out,as she had threaded it wrng…n wats happning now is I’m not able to either remove it or tight’en it up,it’s stuck half way, the top half of the stem is very thin, n I’m worried if the thick one wnt come up,(as I can’t change my stud, I tried n did hurt)…. I do hav some white secretion, keep cleaning it with dettol solution,,,getting worried…pls help,,need ur advice!,,tnq

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janay July 19, 2011 at 3:13 am

hi i just got a pearcing and the ring keeps going inside my hole and i have to try and pushit back out in the morning when i wake up … is this normal what should i do

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lola July 17, 2011 at 11:41 am

I’ve just had my nose pierced today and i was wondering whether i should clean it straight away or wait for tomorrow?

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melanie July 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Can I go swimming while its healing?

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Naya July 8, 2011 at 7:52 am

Thanks but when just got my nostril done and when cleaning do I have to pull it out a bit?

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Sam July 7, 2011 at 12:17 am

I just got my nose piercing today and I really do like it. It has been something I’ve wanted for a while now. As I’m searching online for some accurate info on how to clean and take care of my nostril piercing, I noticed there are a lot of questions still and people are questioning eachothers remedies. About a yr ago I went with my auntie to get her piercing and they gave her a little bottle of a special disinfectant for piercings and told her to clean it multiple times a day, to wear a bandaid on it at night, and to keep your hands and that area clean at all times. I got the exact instructions at the exact same place and noticed my aunt had not had an infection , herself! To make it clear, some remedies ate going to work for some people while others may not be so lucky. As far as the bandaid goes, it is to prevent the ring from falling out of your nose at night because if it falls and it is a fresh piercing, it can close in less than a half hour! After a few months, the stress of that will be gone and you most likely won’t have to wear it anymore. It is moreso for ppl who sleep on their stomachs. Please be patient as we are all learning new things and keep in mind that you made the decision to get the piercing and that u must grin and bare it through the tough times. Eventually, if there was some difficulties, time will make them pass and you will enjoy your piercing.

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Brittany bryant June 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

Why or why not would it be good to clean my septum piercing with alcohol?

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jen June 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Hi just make sure that you dont use a towel to dry your hands. Use papertowels instead. Also, DO NOT use neosporin

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radha June 28, 2011 at 1:04 am

i pierced my nose on dec;
i dont kno whats happenin;
wen i dont touch it at all it is ok; no swellin,no redness but the moment i try to rotate the stud it bcoms red nd swells.and then heals after 1 week. this is happenin for some months back continously, should i dont touch it at all. i dont kno wat to do. pls help me..

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K June 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Hey, I got my nose done on memorial day weekend in May. I feel like this is a stupid question butfor the most part it doesnt hurt or anything unless I mess with it a lot. There isn’t any redness or anything on the outide of my nose, but it looks weird to me on the inside. There is alot of skin or tissue that is around the back of my stud. Is it Normal for there to be this much tissue around the stud or is this a sign of Infection? Like I said there isnt pain or much irritation just a lot of skin. Guess i’m just paranoid. Help please?

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MissKrohn June 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I got my nose done yesterday and I absolutely LOVE it. This guide was really helpful because I was never told cleaning instructions for it and I was told to turn it a few times a day to make sure the skin didn’t heal to tight around the stud.. I have an L shaped stud and I hate it. It makes me look like I have a booger hanging out my nose and I always feel like I need to blow my nose when really it’s just the stud rubbing against the inside.. My real question though is that when I look at it, there’s dry blood around the gem part of the stud, and it almost looks like it is sinking into my nose.. Is this normal at all? I didn’t have it pierced with the gun, just a needle and it didn’t hurt much.. I’ve forgotten about it a few times and rubbed my nose which hurt alot, and sleeping doesn’t help it much either.. Should I just put a round bandage on it when I sleep.. but put a bit of cleaning stuff in the pad inside the bandage so it cleanses it while I sleep?

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Debbie June 6, 2011 at 7:08 am

I got my nose pierced about 5 weeks ago. I’ve had no problems with it, I did change the stud to a smaller gauge at 4 weeks because the 18 gauge they pierced it with had a long stem that bothered the inside of my nose. I’ve had no problems with it other than it seems to be pushing out of the nostril and won’t stay flush against the outside. So is this just a jewlery type issue or I’d it due to changing it too soon? I’m thinking of putting the 18 gauge back in. What should I do?

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Melinda June 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I got my nose pierced a few hours ago and I LOVE it! However, I am concerned about using my netipot with my new piercing. The solution I use in the netipot is saline solution. I need to make sure that I am not passing bacteria past the piercing area, but would like to use it to clean the piercing. Any recommendations? Thank you in advance.

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Brodie May 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hi there,

I am looking at getting my nose pierced however I am not allowed to wear it in for work. Would it be a bad idea to get it pierced if i have to remove it for work 5 days a week?

To stop it healing over i could insert the ring every so often but not sure if thats advisable.

Thanks

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Megg May 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

hello:)
my mum doesn’t agree with me getting a nasel stud and it’s driving me crazy:( she heard that nose piercings leave a really big black scar if you take them out when you’re old? just wondering if its true nad if its as bad as she makes out it is?
if i’ve proof its not that bad she might let me get it :)

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Megg May 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

hello:)
my mum doesn’t agree with me getting a nasel stud and it’s driving me crazy:( she heard that nose piercings leave a really big black scar if you take them out when you’re old? just wondering if its true nad if its as bad as she makes out it is?
if i’ve proof its not that bad she might let me get it:)

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Rachhh May 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Humm where can my 13 yr old cousin get her nose pierced and it will be safe

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Megan May 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

Well my piercer told me to wait at least three months before I can change out the ring. and even then I had to go back to the tatoo parlor so they can change the ring for me because they would need to be careful becaue it wouldn’t be completely healed. How long do I have to wait to change it on my own?

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bre May 4, 2011 at 12:14 am

I jus peirced my nosrel bout 1 or 2 wks ago.. n jus noticed dat it was infected… so i looked up on da computer wat 2 do bout an intected nose peirce.. so i used water and sea salt and the redness around went dwn alot… but i was wonderin if its normal to have scabs inside of your nose? And wat kan i do about it?

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mandy April 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm

hi, had my nose done yesterday and i am unsure if i am supposed to turn the stud. I had it done with a needle so its a proper nose stud in it any help please…

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kelci April 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm

ok well my mom did my nose and she did it like two weeks ago and it still hurts but i clean it all the time and i never touch it wit dirty hands so why is it still like this?

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Samantha April 24, 2011 at 8:54 am

Thanks alot this helped I dont have The saline liquid but i decided to make it like you said ! Im always touching it because the ring falls out it has happen one time already and i just got it pierced 2 days ago yesterday the ring fell off and the hole closed half way ! i had to push it back in which hurt a lot !

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penny April 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

i got my nose done three weeks today i have the l shape ring it seems like it wont come out is it that the skine is around it any help will do thank you

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lela April 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

thanks for the tips !!!

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sridatta gupta April 8, 2011 at 4:25 am

hi

i got my nose pierced today and my piercer asked me to use swabs or dry ear buds to clean the inner and outer region of the pierced area.he didnt mention anything about saline water.i am confused now.please help.

regards

SD

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Amber April 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I just got my nose pierced & the lady said not to usr cotton balls or q-tips and to use soap only. Theres a scab inside my nose so how do i get it off?

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Nana March 27, 2011 at 6:21 am

I got my nostril pierced 2 days ago and its painless.Is that normal?especially that I did it myself using a gun.I clean it with antiseptic but it doesn’t hurt still.my sister had hers dome proffessionally 2 weeks ago but it still swells and hurts a lot.Can I take out my stud as its big?I would like to replace it with something smaller.I doubt it will hurt but I need advice…email me nanaili@zainzm.blackberry.com..thanx

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Jessica March 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I was told not to use cotton balls or q tips, so what do I use to clean it? Do I just drip the saline solution on it directly?

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Hannah March 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

Okay, so i pierced my nose by myself with a back of a long earring and I didn’t do it all the way, do I H A V E to push it A L L the way through because it looks pushed all the way in it might be so short the stud? Idk I’m new to this. And what too clean it with!? Also, should I keep tying to push it with the stud and maybe it’ll pop or go through cause that’s what my sisters did it has a swelling or a lil ball in my nose. * my stud has a lil ball at the end. Please help me and tell ne what too do anyone !?

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Molly Cazerez March 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I’m getting my nose peirced on saturday next week by a great place that only charges for the cost of the peircing! It’s called Adictions…well I’ll get to the point, this site helped lots and I even bought a few nose rings for when it fully heals;)

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erum March 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

thankx for d tips.i had done my nose piercing 4months back.but til nw its not healed properly.i want to wear diffrent nose pins.but pain and redness dont allow me 2do so.plwase help

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nadira March 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

i got my nose pierced for the fourth time and i do hope it heals this time around. haven’t done any tye of cleaning to it as yet and this is the third day, but i did put some warm coconut oil on it.(indian old fashioned way)

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Jessica Ribeiro February 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I have had many piercings throughout the years and this is my third time piercing my nose (I had to take them out for jobs) Great after care is twice a day rinsing with water (no soaps, they can irritate) and then spraying it with saline wound care. Don’t turn it. You could also soak a cotton ball with the solution and hold to piercing for 5 minutes.
if it does get infected – which mine did because it got yanked slightly out by accident- then twice a day do a 5 minute sea salt water soak. Mix some sea salt with some warm water, soak a cotton pad (i prefer them over the balls) and soak the piercing for 5 minutes. Then rinse out with the saline solution. It’s been about a week and the infection with that stupid little bump is almost gone.

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admin February 25, 2011 at 12:58 am

Taking the jewelry out was not a good idea. From reading your story, you might have an abscess. I cant be sure. Don’t take a chance though – go back to your piercer and they will give you free advice. If you pierced yourself, don’t be afraid to see a piercer – they will be glad to help you.

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Christine February 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Ok, I’m basically freaking out at the moment. lol.
Well, I got my nose pierced, it’ll be a week tomorrow. And the piercer told me that I should clean it with antibacteral soup. So my sister bought me the pump antibacteral hand soap. And so I would take a Qtip and run hot water/warm water over it then a little soap. When I would try to clean it the piercing would come out so I just took it out and cleaned the inside and out side, rinsed it and did the same with the jewal. Now I have a bumb inside my nose. Its sore and I’m scared that I might have done something really really wrong. The more I look on the internet for answers, the more scared I get. I really love my piercing and I hope and pray that I didn’t do anything bad. Please, please help me?

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tina February 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm

i went to get a nose piercing (nostril) with a friend. we were told to turn the ring and use a cotton swab with antibaterial soap and water, to clean inside and out. we have done this and it has been almost a week. we have both had leakage around piercing on outside. it has made the skin red and crusty. we were then told to put ointment on it. is there a better way to get this to heal properly?

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isjon February 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I was just wondering if it is normal for a stud to have yellow stuff coming out of it because all of the studs I get do that and after a while my studs get really sore and then infected, please comment, I want to go for my bull nose stud but I am unsure because my studs do that please comment me via email. Thanks:)

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raven February 12, 2011 at 9:17 am

ok i just got my nose on thursday is it suppose to hurt?

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Kristina February 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I got my nose pierced on Sunday and started cleaning it with the sea salt remedy.. but i don’t know what is happening, whenever i use the sea salt the corners of my mouth get REALLY irritated and dry out.. its super painful. and itches. i don’t know what else to use to clean it. i have been using bar soap. should i use hydrogen peroxide? or what. .cause the sea salt is killing me. But my nose looks great :)

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ally January 15, 2011 at 12:21 am

okay, so, i got my nose pierced a few months ago in august, and it was going well, but unfortunately i wasn’t careful enough and i touched it a lot and played with it, and after having it for like two months, i changed it to a silver hoop. and it got really really infected, and maybe even torn, because i kept in catching it on things. so i put my old piercing back in, and everything seemed to get better instantly, because it was surgical steel, and so i’m guessing that’s what the problem was. but now it’s infected again, and it’s not really going away, i’ve been wayyyy more careful now, i wash it once a day with provon soap (the piercing place gave it to me) and i occasionally soak it with a sea salt solution, and i always rinse it very well after i clean it, i never touch it with dirty hands or play with it…..but it’s STILL infected and it’s got a little red bump on the side of it, that seems to come and go…i’m just so sick of this, and i just want it to get better. i’m regretting even getting it, as much as i love it, because of all the trouble it’s causing. help! thankss…

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Stephanie January 6, 2011 at 10:07 am

I have a question…. I’ve had my nose pierced for quite a few years now, but i just stretched from a stud to a hoop’ and right now i can not even turn it at all. I was wondering how long until I will be able move it. Also I was wondering if I could use anti bacterial soap and Vitamin E creme instead of the other cleaning things. Please e-mail me back and let me know,

thank you

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ashley December 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

can u just clean it with paroxide or rubbing alcohol?

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saffy December 23, 2010 at 5:13 am

thanks, it was greaattttt adviceee :)

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hanna December 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

I’ve had my nose pierced for over a year now and it’s still painfull when i change jewellery. I got it pierced with a gun and i regret it. the pain is just unbearable. i think the hole is very small. what can i do.help

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justine November 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm

i’ve had my nose pierced 3 different times, and each time a little red bump has shown up. i went back to my piercer and did exactly what he said, but it still didn’t go away.

i keep seeing people with nose piercings, and its making me miss mine!! any suggestions on how to get rid of the bump if it shows up again when i get my nose pierced again??

ps.i noticed someone said not to use Q-Tips, what should we be using instead of them?

Let me know please!!
lil_sweet_chick169@hotmail.com

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ashlea November 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

OH WOW THATS ALOT OF INFO I JUST GOT MY NOSTRIL PERICED YESTERDAY BY MY LITTLE COUSIN I WANTED TO DO IT BUT IM 15 AND MY MOM TOLD ME NO SO I JUST DID IT WITH A CLEAN PERICING EARING AND HAD SOMEONE ELSE PUT A NOSE STUD IN I THINK IT WAS A MISTAKE NOT TO GET IT PROFESSINALLY DONE BUT IM NOT THE BRIGHTEST ONE I LOVE DOING STUPID THINGS BUT YEA HOW DO I CLEAN IT ITS LIKE SWOLLEN NOW YIKES MY MOM KNOWS NOW AND IS MAD

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claire November 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm

hey i got my nose piered on Saturday on my 16 birthday and i was woundering if any1 has any info on nostril piercing plez thanx

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sarah November 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm

oh and more thing once my nose is healed i dont know what one would be better stirling sliver or stainless steel what one would be recommened to put in your nose

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sarah November 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm

i got my nose pierced on wedensday and its red at the moment i was wounding if that is normal…….. if it is normal after geting it pierced how long would it take for the redness to go away the stuff i am using is Medisept + antiseptis Body PIERCING after care gel is that stuff alright to use

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Alisha October 26, 2010 at 11:56 am

I just got my nose pierced today and the artical was very helpful, but I have a seperate question what should I do on my part as far as cleaning. I’ve been cleaning it with dial soap using a swab and washing it off after is that fine

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Kalee October 25, 2010 at 6:29 am

I got mine done yesterday and my piercer said to use Dial soap to clean it. he said peroxide or alcohol will dry it out and orange dial soap will work really well. =]

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Jada October 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Okay, so I Haven’t got my nose pierced yet, I’m 14 and I’m going to get it in december.
I was just wondering, how do you care for a nose piercing if your sick and need to blow your nose?
thank you

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Kaylein.! October 6, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Ok so im planning on going to get my nose pierced, and im kinda nervous tht it will hurt BAD. even though i have 6 earring hole in each of my ears and a navel piercing… i dunno. so can u guys tell me how it felt or how bad it hurt.?

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itmighthelp October 4, 2010 at 7:09 am

there is one simple ayurvedic remedy to heal nose piercing. Heat a spoonful of mustard oil n let it cool a bit then add a little turmeric powder. Dab this oil on your nose with cotton when the oil is still warm. Mustard oil acts as a protective layer against germs and turmeric is a natural antiseptic. Warm oil also help in reducing the swelling if any. I have tried this n this is very effective. Don’t forget to wipe your nose with warm water before applying this and do this atleat thrice a day…hope this helps

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Anastasia September 23, 2010 at 8:02 am

Thanx for these information ! i really needed it ! i got it pierced home..it didnt hurt .

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kim September 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I got my nose pierced five days ago now. The place of business had me initial a couple of papers on this and that. One of them was about the knowing how to clean the piercing. When it came time to pay, I still was not told how to keep It clean or how to do it or what to use. I began to question myself “Why do I initial where they ask when nothing was said or explained?” So I had to ask him. He told me contact solution about five times a day. Does this sound right? My co-worker said a saline solution and at night to put a round band aid over the nose stud to prevent it catching on the pillow or fingers catching it. Is that true? Is there anything else I need to know? How about bleeding? Should it still bleed or feel like a constant stuffy nose? I blow out blood every AM and when the day is over. Is that normal? Its not a boogery blood either. Its staight out blood.

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jazmyn September 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm

i got my nose done about 4 weeks ago on aug 10th is it ok for me to put in a different ring? and i have no clue wht it was but this bump popped up out of no where lik a week ago not wht looked lik an infection bump to me it looked lik a pimple so i cleaned my face and put some acohol on the bump not the area where my piercing is next day it was gone idk but i love my nose piercing ♥

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Tabitha September 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm

ok i just got my nostril pierced yesterday and 2day i noticed the outside is getting really dry and crusty, is that normal? i also realised it didnt get pierced all the way through but i can feel the ball at the end of the nose ring, is it ok if its not through all the way?

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Mo angel August 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

Hey, im 16 and i got my nose pierced yesterday.. I realised that i need to change the stud to a smaller less visible one, because piercings are not really allowed at school.. Is it advisable for me to go change the stud at the piercing studio where i did it in about a day or two.?

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Mo angel August 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

Hey, im 16 and i got my nose pierced yesterday.. I realised that i need to change the stud to a smaller less visible one, because piercings are not really allowed at school.. Is it advisable for me to go change the stud at the piercing studio where i did it in about a day or two.?

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M August 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use cotton swabs, balls, Q-tips or any thing else that can leave any kind of fibers behind!!! I used Q-tips on my fist nostril piercing when cleaning against the advised care directions & after about 5-6 weeks it became swollen, red & looked infected. I had to take my ring out & the guy @ the shop told me it was prob bc a fiber got into my piercing. I have since had my nose re-pierced & used regular non-scented, non-dyed soap & water to clean as well as saline solution & it healed without any issues. So my advise use any cloth that that will not leave behind any fuzz or fibers.

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Tara August 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I was told to pull out my nose stud and put bacitracin ointment on the stud and then push it back in and turn 3 times a day. Is this the case?

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henri August 7, 2010 at 1:04 am

hey,i hv a bridge piercing 1 month ago,
and its still red and a bit of swelling after this 1 month.
is it ok or common.
can you send me an email to help me,i will send you my picture :D
businessforhenri@gmail.com

thanks :D

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sarah August 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

i just got mine done today and me and my mom both forget most of the guide lines so i was wondering if i am suppost to turn the stud or not

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Val July 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Had my nostril done today, the piercer was awesome in giving me information concerning aftercare. I will share what he told me as I don’t see one of the suggestions listed above.

1. DO NOT TOUCH your piercing with unclean hands….

2. DO USE the saline Solution several times a day to clean
around the piercing inside your nose and out with a q-tip.

3. ALSO! WASH around your piercing with antibacterial soap, (DIAL or LEVER), for example when you are in the shower, let the water run on your piercing for about 5 minutes after cleaning around it with soap. He said that this is what prevents infections and Keloids (the bumps). Why this helps? Because your nose is a breeding ground for bacteria, and the antibacterial soap and water helps flush it out.

AND! you need to do all of the above for atleast 6 weeks.

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Savannah July 23, 2010 at 4:21 am

So I got my nose pierced 3 days ago on the right side of my nostrel. It’s red around the diamond && a little sore. But I’m concerned because the diamond appears to be sinking down into my skin. You can only see that I have my nose pierced if you look closely at it… I pushed it out a little from the inside because I was afraid of it growing into my nose this way, and it started bleeding… HELP PLEASE I’m so worried.

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Samantha July 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

thanks! this is really helpful. I got my nose pierced about three days ago, its a nostril stud. I was told not to touch it, but sometimes I can’t help it, because once in a while it slightly comes off, and it has come off completely twice already. I always have to push it in, maybe three to four times an hour. I wanted to know what are the signs of the beginning on infection? and is it normal for it to be sliding off occasionally? thanks

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Lindsay June 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm

You should clean the piercing about 3 times a day, never touch it with unwashed hands. also, I use SALINE solution. It helps to clean and keep all debris out of the piercing. Apply with a q-tip around the piercing (on both sides).

DO NOT USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE OR RUBBING ALCOHOL!!!

Using these can actually keep the piercing from healing properly.

My Piercing artist said after 3-4 weeks i could bring him a new nose jewelery and he would change it for me. You should not ever take out the piercing while in the healing stages unless you have a bad infection (Check with your piercing artist or doctor before deciding you have an infection)

do not assume the piercing is fully healed just because you have no pain or redness.. I wouldn’t feel my piercings were fully healed til after 1 year. After about 3-4 months you should be able to safely change your own piercings. Stick with gold, titanium or surgical steel piercings.

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Alejandra June 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm

WEll i need help because today i got my nose pierced and im 13. the piercer did Not give me no Cleaning products and to only clean it with soap and water. and i dont think its right. and do i clean it Today when i got it a couple of hours ago?

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jane Bishop June 12, 2010 at 6:29 am

Hi there, just had my left nostril pierced bathed it in saline solution for about 5 days after, had no pain and everything seems great, no infection or swelling.How long do i need to bath it for?

Thank you x

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Bethany June 7, 2010 at 9:05 am

So, i just got my nose done yesterday for my birthday and i left my aftercare info in my friends car. :/ I am just kinda concerned that it will come out. since i have a little 1yr old daughter, would it be fine to cover my ring with a bandage or something small so she does not mess with it or cause anything to go wrong?

this page is very helpful. Thnx XD

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Nena June 6, 2010 at 11:36 am

I got my nose pierced yesterday and i dont know what to use to for the after care i heard sea salt makes it swell any other disinfectants i can use ?

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renee June 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm

My daughter had her nose pierced. It was a local shop and it was recommened to her. The ring was put in so fast I hadn’t the chance of making sure it ws all clean material used. She formed a bump around the area of the ring and was being told to pop it an duse the solution. I told her not to pop the bump, use the solution, perxiode and let it heal as it should. After a few days we noticed it’s just not seeming to heal nor had the bump gone down so she decided to take it out. Question: Should I take her to the doctor, will the bump ever go away and is there anything other I can do to make sure it heals, bumps goes away and suggestions as to what and were she can go to have it re pierced later time? Please help her. thanks!

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DJ June 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I got my nose done in the middle of March…..The young man said they were out of aftercare….so until I got the h2Ocean I used the homemade stuff with distilled water. Problem is he told me everything wrong….He told me to rotate my ring as much as possible, .Now it looks like there is permanent redness, and a bump like scaring. It doesn’t hurt per say, only when I try to take the ring out….I waited longer than the 4-6 weeks because some of the medication I take can hinder healing. He never gave me any instructions and now the shop is no longer there. The nose ring still slips around and the C sticks out at times and I have to shove it back into my nose. I need desperate help. There is no infection, should I go to a bigger gauge? Have someone else take my nose screw out and replace it? Like I said it is a bit tender still and I use the h2Ocean a few times a day still.HELP!!!!
DJ

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bob bill June 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

i got my nose pierced and i had to take it out fro school, i put a clear retainer in and it is big n puffy underneath. i dont no wat to do plz help. =[ xx <3

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Alison May 30, 2010 at 2:23 am

Brilliant piece of info, Thanks.

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Sarah May 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm

To Raina: Don’t use antibacterial ointment on your piercing! On the tube it says DO NOT USE ON PUNCTURE WOUNDS — a piercing is a puncture would. It will trap things in the wound and make it worse. Only use a sea salt rinse — nothing else.

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Brittny April 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I just got my nose pierced on Monday (and today is Friday.) I’ve noticed that it doesn’t hurt and there isn’t any swelling or redness, or even discharge. Is it remotely possible that it’s healing faster or is this just normal?
Thanks, Brit

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rania April 15, 2010 at 12:35 am

hi
i’ve piercerd my nose 4 weeks ago with a gun,and i keep changing nose studs because they keep falling .two days ago i graped it by mistake ang blood came out and i think the hole is bigger now and i fing blood round the stud .i keep putting anti- bactirial cream .is there something else i cn do ?
thank you

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Caitlin April 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Hi, I got my nose peirced yesterday and wanted to know if I can use the same stuff I used to clean my ears when I got my ears peirced? Would it hurt it at all? Or what about soap that is unscented…

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Brittany March 26, 2010 at 9:24 am

I got most of this information from my piercing studio but this article definately helped back that info up!

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jennifer c March 15, 2010 at 5:55 am

thank you for the advice! i am getting mine done in less than five months and was wondering how long do you have to do this cleaning process for? do i just do it for a certain amount of weeks or all of the time?

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William March 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

Healing time can be from 3-12 months depending on the amount of cartilage pierced. A strict cleaning routine should be followed. Care is needed throughout the life of the piercing but its not as important as the time during healing of the piercing wound. When you get your piercing done, your piercer will give you more specific instructions.

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Kaitlynn Pocius February 22, 2010 at 10:45 am

thank i just got my nose pierced and need to make sure
that i can use the stuff i bought

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Kaitlynn Pocius February 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

I just got my nose peirced and it helped a lil bite

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Cupcake February 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

Thanks!! I needed that information! This is the second time I’ve got my nose pierced and by reading over this I know to take extra care of it=)

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Mary February 5, 2010 at 6:43 am

thanks! i got my nose pierced yesterday and the guy said the aftercare instructions, but im paranoid so i needed to actually READ them lol. <33

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Tiffany December 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm

i got my nostril pierced today at a friend’s shop. it was pierced with a gun and while it didnt hurt at all and the price was right, i have a big stud in my nose for at least a month.i suggest a needle and sea salt DOES work, or lavender oil i got at my grocery store with warm water and a CLEAN face towel.i have no pain unless i inadvertantly rub my nose :) Hope that helps anyone and enjoy your piercings!

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Rhonda December 3, 2009 at 4:41 am

I got my septum pierced on nov 6th 2009. And i never knew how much of a pain it would be to get the ball back in…its been bout a month i took it out and out back in it really didnt hurt does that mean its healed or almost done healing?

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Kael December 3, 2009 at 2:51 am

great information just a few things check the piercer out if you don’t feel comfortable leave i got my septum done and i kinda had a bad feeling but i ignored it bad move he got through fine in the left side but he missed on the right and went through the flesh under my nose yes it hurt ALOT so go with your gut feeling second if they come at you with a gun WALK OUT and to answer one of the questions about how will you know it’s infected well the smell the pus redness swelling pain lets just say you’ll know anyway that’s my two cents so i hope i have added to the helpfulness of this article

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Mistie October 13, 2009 at 6:23 am

I just got my nose pierced and this article was very helpful but I’m wondering what to expect with my piercing. What is normal and what is sign of infection. Could you please give me some information on that? That would help me out so much. Thanks!

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ria September 24, 2009 at 1:50 am

um.i got my nose pierced and as i re-inserted it,it hurt.u know..as i was inserting it ,it came to a part where the pain was awful..plizz tell me what the problem is….i will apreciate it very much.thankz.

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RIA September 21, 2009 at 3:04 am

hello

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Megan August 13, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Thanks for the article, I just got a nose piercing today and I was so excited that I didn’t listen to the piercer as he was explaining the aftercare. :)

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Anna July 19, 2009 at 12:43 am

Thnx for the info. I didn’t actually get any guidelines when I got my nose pierced but figured it’s similar care to ears pierced. I even found a nose pierce car video on youtube lol.

Great site you have here .. cheers.

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Jose June 29, 2009 at 11:46 am

Thanks a bunch for the superb article :)

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