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.

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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{ 203 comments… read them below or add one }

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.

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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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