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Nose Piercing 101: How to Prevent Nose Ring Infections

Updated on November 10, 2018
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Having gone through the pain and hassle (more than once) of poorly done piercings that got infected, I am always looking for a better way.

Nose Ring Infection Tips and Tricks

When it comes to getting nose piercings, infections will be one of the biggest challenges you will likely face.

No matter how careful you try to be, the nose is a sensitive part of the body susceptible to infections even without having an open wound.

Understanding proper piercing aftercare techniques will help you make the most of your nose piercing experience.

This article will point out some of the issues involved with nose piercings and what to do about infections.

Small Nose Post Piercing
Small Nose Post Piercing | Source

Cleanliness is a Priority

No one wants an infected nose piercing and prevention is always the best cure.

When you're getting your nose pierced it is highly recommended to do so in a clean and sterile environment. It's also wise to make certain that qualified piercing experts are the ones performing the piercing.

Go over proper care in addition to cleaning techniques with the clinician BEFORE the piercing is done. Being aware of what should and shouldn't be done in order to help keep your piercing healthy is extremely important in preventing infections.

Starter nose rings are usually hypo-allergenic, however, if you have a known sensitivity to certain metals it is recommended that you explore your options prior to being pierced. There are several alternatives to traditional metals you can look into for nose ring piercings.

Piercing Size Really Does Matter

Bigger isn't necessarily better when talking nose rings.

It is important to have the right size nose ring for your piercing. The majority of people prefer to start small at 20 gauge nose rings. The smaller the number for the gauge, the larger the post will be in girth.

In other words, 14 gauge nose rings are larger than 20 gauge nose rings. Beginning with small rings will help limit the severity or scope of the piercing or any possible infections.

Do not change out your starter stud nose rings until your piercing has completely healed. Your piercing technician should be able to inform you of the length of time that takes, as it may vary due to the size of the piercing and other mitigating factors.

Avoid touching the area around your nose piercing so that you aren't introducing foreign matter and/or germs to the piercing area. It may be difficult to refrain from scratching or rubbing the pierced area, as itching is a common side effect of healing.

Medium Sized Nose Ring
Medium Sized Nose Ring | Source

Dealing With a Nose Ring Infection

Time is of the essence!

Once you have an infection in the area of your nose piercing, it needs to be dealt with quickly and effectively.

The best advice, in this case, would be to speak to your physician immediately in order to get proper treatment advice and to avoid another infection. It also limits the risk that you will have to remove the piercing and start over from scratch with a new piercing.

Infections from nose rings are no laughing matter. Always take into account the risk that certain kinds of jewelry, as well as the very act of changing nose rings, may present prior to doing anything. Avoiding nose ring infections will allow you to enjoy a long and healthy relationship with your new piercing.

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      3 years ago

      'i just got my nose pierced and my cartilage is thick and my nose has swelled over the bend in my corkscrew nose ring. now by my gem i have mild swelling. i clean it religiously and it will go away for three to four days then come back. they gave me stainless steel and i was told by a friend that i may be rejecting it. some advice would be great

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      6 years ago

      I LOVE my nose piercing and I use tea tree oil to keep it clean! :) Blessed!

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      6 years ago

      My daughter got a nose piercing and she was obsessive about keeping it really clean. I guess it paid off.

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      Hal Gall 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @anonymous: Sounds like you had to stay on top of things to keep the infections down. Thanks for the great comment.

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      6 years ago

      I have had a 14 gauge in my nose for about five months now. I cleaned it with sea salt water twice a day (once in the morning and once at night) for the first two months-ish after I got the piercing. Two or three times I started to get a very small bump if I forgot to do the sea salt for a day. I treated it kind of like a pimple (this is a little gross) in that I used my finger nails to pop it open to drain it, then I added an extra sea salt bath for a couple of days (3 instead of 2 until there was no trace of the bump). Mine were extremely small. I guess the sea salt was preventing them until I would forget to do it, so since I rarely forgot I caught the bumps super quickly. In addition to the sea salt, I also wash my face twice daily with an acne creme wash (not even for my nose, just so I don't break out), and I think this ended up helping my nose stay clean. Anyway, your problem may already be fixed since you posted this awhile ago, and I think that if you continued the sea salt it likely was fixed, but I still thought I'd share.

    • vineliner57 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Gall 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @Julia1000: Yeah, infected piercings are not fun. Thanks for the visit and comment!

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      6 years ago

      yuewww, horrible, but very important and helpful information presented in a fun way. Liked your video.


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