Nose Piercing Infection

You might be worried about developing a nose piercing infection if you've just had your nose pierced and you're relatively new to this exotic art form. We want to give you some reassurance:  First, what you believe is an infection might be nothing more than the normal healing process.  And second, if you do get an infection, it will not necessarily be harmful to you. 

Someone who has a fresh nose piercing might notice an infection bump, which can resemble an early keloid scar.  Don't worry; these types of bumps are easy to treat!  The most important thing is to take the proper basic care and follow instructions as you would for any body piercing.  Your best source of advice is, of course, your piercing professional. 

When you first decide to get a nose piercing, it's time to look for a reliable source for your jewelry.  We are able to offer you our long years of experience working with good quality gold jewelry.  Our skilled goldsmiths specialize in 22k gold jewelry, including beautiful and exotic nose rings and pins.  We can create unique Indian designs for you, which you won't find easily in the Western market; and we also provide top quality products that are less likely to irritate tender nasal tissues.

You are more likely to sustain a nose piercing infection of this area if you use jewelry fashioned from a metal that you are allergic to.  Just because you develop sensitivity to one metal does not mean that the metal was bad.  Some people are just more sensitive than others!  It also does not mean that you will react to other metals.  The person who is allergic to 14k gold might do very well with white gold or titanium.  Very few people are allergic to stainless steel. 

Remember, also, that your allergy can present as a skin reaction not just on your nose or face, but also on your arms and legs or even your torso.  If you notice itchy splotches soon after a piercing, consult your piercing professional immediately for instructions. 

It is important to keep your jewelry to yourself, and do not wear other people's piercing jewelry.  Even if you want to exchange jewelry with your best friend, you can never tell what bacteria or viruses another person has been exposed to-and if you put his or her jewelry into your piercing, you are opening yourself up to the germs. 

If you've had your nose pierced during the rainy season, expect your skin to heal at a much slower rate.  If there is a rainy season where you live, or even just a long bout of bad weather, don't choose that time to get any kind of piercing!

Your nose piercing should be done with a needle-never a gun-because you will be far more vulnerable to a nose piercing infection.  Staph germs live on everyone, and all they need is an entryway into your body to blossom into infection.   One of the most important precautions against a nose piercing infection is the use of a needle for your piercing.

Signs and Symptoms

You can expect symptoms of infection to resemble any other kind of body piercing infection.  Your piercing takes approximately two to four weeks for the initial stages of healing, and you can expect some redness and soreness in the area. 

If, however, you notice redness, and it is then followed by swelling, and possibly also shows pus drainage, you should be on the alert.  There will be a very sore sensitivity to the skin when you touch it, and it might even bleed.  The good news is that nose piercing infection care is very simple and you can begin infection treatment on your own, but if it continues beyond a week's time then you need to see your physician.

Treatment and Care

Prevention is the best cure; that's a truism that applies to any part of your body.   That being said, you can protect your piercing by taking the following simple precautions:

  • Never touch your piercing if you haven't washed your hands first.
  • Determine if you are having an allergic reaction to the jewelry. If the metal doesn't suit your skin, remove it.
  • To keep the piercing clean, apply a thin coat of antiseptic ointment to the area-before sleep and before you go out.
  • If you notice pus, wait until the drainage slows down. Then you can move the piercing just a little, once every week. If you move it more often then you will aggravate the nose piercing infection.
  • If you're washing or wiping your face, avoid tugging on your nose jewelry.
  • Follow your piercing professional's aftercare instructions for avoiding scars.
  • Avoid applying alcohol-based cleaners around the wound.
  • You should similarly avoid makeup application around the piercing.
  • Never pick at the scab with your nails.
  • We recommend staying away from swimming pools, as you will raise your risk of a nose piercing infection.
  • Above all else, remember that regular cleansing of the wound in a hygienic way with a non-irritating product, using simple hygienic precautions, is your best safeguard against infections. We recommend a sterile saline solution.

We want you to feel comfortable with your ability to care for a nose piercing infection, if one should develop.  You should perform piercing care as part of your daily skin routine.  Being knowledgeable about the possibility of body piercing infections makes you better prepared to combat them.  By following this simple infection care routine, you can ensure that your nose piercing infection will clear up and your piercing will heal easily.

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