Septum Piercing Pain & Care
Piercings are a fun way to express yourself, through a variety of body jewelry and piercing locations. When it comes to head piercings, most people think of the ears, ear cartilage, lip, and side nose piercings, but what is a septum piercing?
The septum is a part of your nose that is right in the middle, separating the two nostrils. This thin piece of cartilage has become a hotspot for piercings worldwide and it can look really cool on the right person and with the right jewelry! (The piercing actually goes right under the cartilage part, feel for it with your thumb and index finger.)
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How is the Septum Pierced?
Whenever you decide upon any kind of piercing, make sure you are getting it done by a professional who is licensed and fully experienced in piercings and in a sterile environment, such as tattoo shops. Sure, you might pay a little more, but you’re getting quality care and reduced chance of infection so as long as you care for it properly. So, how it a septum piercing done?
- Cleaning. The body jewelry is sanitized, the septum area is cleansed, and the piercing area is marked.
- Piercing. Some piercers will use clamps, some prefer not to. The appropriate sized needle is pushed through the piercing location, followed by the jewelry being threaded through the newly pierced hold.
- Fastening. The ball is screwed carefully onto the jewelry to secure it, the area is cleansed once more, you are given aftercare instructions and are sent on your merry way!
Does a Septum Piercing Hurt?
As with any nose piercing, there will be septum piercing pain. The level of pain felt varies from individual to individual but most people will describe it as a that after-feeling when you get hit in the nose and your eyes begin to water.
If a clamp was used, it is often said that the clamp hurts more than the piercing itself. The extent of the septum piercing pain will depend on a few factors, such as whether or not the person has had piercings before and how well that person can tolerate pain.
What You Can Do to Minimize the Pain
Some people can control pain through breathing, which is one of the best ways to block the pain.
If you're like the rest of the world and want to cry at the site of any needle coming towards your skin, then the best suggestion is a topical anesthetic cream that you can apply 30-60 minutes prior to your piercing appointment.
These creams don't help everyone the same way, because everyone's level of sensitivity is different. If you're apprehensive about the pain of getting your septum pierced, this is your only real defense against the pain, and anything is better than nothing!
This cream by Numb-ify is particular ideal for getting your septum pierced because it actually smells good too, which matters because you'll be smelling it for the next hour since it's right under your nose!
How Long Does it Take to Heal?
Everyone heals differently but the typical time it takes to heal from a septum piercing is six to eight weeks. During this time period, you are expected to take good care of your new septum piercing as if you do not take good care of it, you can wind up with a nasty infection.
Just think of all of those germs that enter your nose on a daily basis and you will find your incentive to keep it clean.
How Should You Care for a Septum Piercing?
Anytime you get a piercing, you should be given thorough aftercare instructions. In case you are wanting to know what to expect during the healing period, this is what you have to do:
Do NOT play with it! If you must hide it for work or whatever, use clean hands and warm water to move it around, it will probably be a little crusty.
Keep it clean: For at least the first two weeks, you will want to cleanse the area with antibacterial soap and warm water.
Don’t change jewelry! Well, not for the first 8 weeks, at least.
Watch for infection: If you are showing signs of infection, seek the care of a doctor. Signs of infection include: Redness lasting more than 2 or 3 weeks, green or yellow pus/discharge, swelling past the first couple of weeks, excessive crusting.
Pain control: It shouldn’t be in so much pain that you need some pain control, but if you can’t stand feeling any pain, try taking some over-the-counter pain relievers.
That’s all there really is to it! As with any piercing, it’s good to do your research and know just what you’re getting yourself into. As much as I love piercings, I’m not here to convince you to get one, just give you the facts.