17 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Got My Nose Pierced

Updated on February 5, 2018
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I got a nose piercing last year, and I don't regret it at all. But, taking care of it didn't turn out to be as easy as I'd hoped.

Septum piercing
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A facial piercing makes a bold statement, and nose piercings, in particular, are super popular for guys or girls! Be sure to educate yourself about the risks and challenges before committing. I hope my personal experience and tips help you with your decision-making.

1. It Didn't Hurt as Much as I Expected

The most prominent question on anyone's mind is "Do nose piercings hurt?" They do hurt, but the pain was not as bad as I had imagined. I thought it would be a sharp, searing pain, and it really wasn’t. I felt a pinch and a twinge.

Of course, everyone's pain tolerance level is different. If you have had your ears pierced before, this will hurt one level more. People who have zero pain tolerance report pain, but they say it is quick. Keep in mind that because the nerves in your nose are connected to your sinuses, your eyes will water.

Prepare yourself for the fact that a needle will go through your nostril cartilage, but don’t get too worked up over it. The worst part is that the needle will be right in your face, so you have to close your eyes to avoid looking at it. Overall, nose piercing pain is bearable, and it is worth it if you really want it.

A nose screw
A nose screw

2. Some Nose Ring Metals Are Safe and Some Cause Allergies or Sensitivity

The Safest Metals to Use:

  • Titanium: This is great for people with sensitive skin. It not only looks great, but it is also the safest metal for all body jewelry.
  • Surgical Stainless Steel: Surgical steel is a bit cheaper than titanium and is a very common metal used for body jewelry. It is safe to use, but it is not 100% biocompatible like titanium is. Most people can tolerate it just fine, but people with sensitive skin should choose titanium instead.
  • Gold: Gold is gorgeous, but it is easily rejected by the body. Some people may be able to pull off wearing it without any irritation once their piercing has healed, but gold should not be used on new piercings. Once the piercing has fully healed, choose 14k or 18k gold. Do not use gold-platted jewelry.

Metals That Are Not Recommended:

  • Silver: Sterling silver easily tarnishes and causes allergic reactions and bacterial growth.
  • Nickel: A lot of people develop a rash when their skin is exposed to nickel.
  • Any other metal that is not titanium or stainless steel

I started out with titanium, and it worked great. I had no reaction to it whatsoever. I bought a cheaper piece to replace it with, and that was fine for me, too. If you’re allergic to nickel in any form, I suggest not even trying the pieces that have a nickel base.

My friend got a different piercing, and she swapped out to some inexpensive studs. Needless to say, anytime she put them in, within a day or less, her skin turned red and puss appeared. It was unattractive, to say the least, and also very uncomfortable for her. Don’t go cheap with metal that you’re using in your body. Save up if you have to, but don’t skimp.

2. There Are Multiple Types of Nose Rings

  • There are so many shapes and sizes to choose from, so you really need to make sure that you learn about the different types and sizes of nose jewelry before you talk to your piercer.
  • If you’re like me, you've probably seen the typical nose piercing stud that is L-shaped or the hoop. But, you've probably never heard of “nose screws.” I hadn’t heard of them either. They are also called curved nose studs, and they, unlike the straight nose studs, have a bit of a curve to the tail, so you have to turn them in order to put them in. The shape makes it harder for them to fall out by accident, but it also makes it harder—and more painful—to remove and insert them. I got one when my nose was first pierced, and it wouldn't come out—at least not easily anyway.
  • Ask your piercer what he or she is using to make sure that you are able to remove your nose stud.

Types of Nose Jewelry

  • Nose stud/nose bone
  • Nose hoop
  • Circular barbell
  • Nostril screw
  • L-shaped nose pin a.k.a. fishtail
  • Captive bead ring

Types of nose rings and nose piercings
Types of nose rings and nose piercings | Source

3. There Are Several Places Where You Can Get a Nose Piercing

The most common nose piercing is the nostril piercing. Other piercing locations include:

  • Septal Piercing: This is a piercing that goes through the nasal septum where there is a sweet spot called the "collumella"—the area between the bottom of the nose and the cartilage. This piercing should not go through the cartilage itself because that would be painful. A septum retainer or a hoop is the jewelry of choice for this type of piercing. This is a popular piercing, but it is not common because there are several pros and cons to consider.
  • Bridge Piercing: A straight barbell is placed on the bridge of the nose between the eyes. Because a bridge piercing is only a surface piercing it will be highly prone to rejection. Unfortunately, the bridge of the nose cannot handle deeper insertions.
  • Vertical Tip or Rhino Piercing: A curved barbell is used for this one. Both ends of the barbell will be visible—one end will be visible on the tip of the nose, and the other end will show under the tip.
  • Septril Piercing: A nose bone or curved barbell is inserted half-vertically on the bottom tip of the nose. This one is really complicated and requires a lot of time. For this type of piercing, some nose structures are better than others. Usually a wider septum area is preferable because there is more area to work with.
  • Nasallang Piercing: This is a tri-nasal piercing that goes through both the nostril and the septum. It will look like you have two nostril piercings on either side of your nose, but the piercing uses just one straight barbell that goes straight across.

Interesting Fact

In Ayurvedic medicine, it is believed that getting a left nostril piercing helps ease the pain of menstruation and child birth because the left nostril is connected to the female reproductive organs.

4. You Risk Getting an Infection or Something Worse

As with all body modifications, there are a number of risks involved. Make sure you learn about these risks and about how to avoid them because an infected nose will not be a cute nose.

  1. Infection: Staphylococcus bacteria is present in large numbers in the nasal cavity area. Signs of an infected nose piercing include: persistent swelling, pus, aches or pain, and excessive bleeding. If you have a bump, this is a likely sign of infection. A bump could be caused by an allergic reaction to the jewelry or poor hygiene.
  2. Necrosis: An untreated infection could lead to necrosis, which is the death of tissue in the nasal wall. This could turn into a severe deformity, and the tissue would have to be removed.
  3. Perichondritis: This is an infection caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa where the cartilage in your nose becomes inflamed, which can lead to tissue death.
  4. Septal Hematoma: If you experience pain, swelling, and difficulty breathing, then you may have septal hermatoma. This occurs when blood collects between the nasal septum and the perichondrium.
  5. Swallowing Jewelry: Although this rarely happens, a loose-fitting nose ring could be inhaled while you sleep and lead to choking and death.
  6. Rejection: Wearing certain metals might cause your body to reject the jewelry. This could manifest with the body trying to push the metal out of your skin or, even worse, absorbing the metal into your skin.

5. Sometimes Cleaning It Feels Like Waterboarding

When I got my nose pierced, the piercer told me that I needed to keep it clean. Here were the aftercare instructions he gave me.

Nose Piercing Aftercare:

  1. Wash the area several times a day, but not like a normal human being washes their face. That would be wrong. Instead, fill up a little dixie cup with a saline solution (salt water), and then put your nose in the cup and maybe even blow some bubbles into it.
  2. Hold it in there for about 60 seconds.
  3. Do this a few times a day to keep it nice and clean, and prevent it from getting infected.

So I followed all of the instructions above, and I felt like I was being waterboarded. I quickly discovered that having a little paper cup on my nose didn’t tell my brain that I needed to stop breathing through my nose, so when I blew bubbles, the water would go up the other side of my nose, and my nostrils would burn with the saline.

I finally figured out that blowing bubbles was not the best method. (Was the guy putting me on when he told me to do it?) For me, the best way was to simply hold the mostly-full cup up on my nose while I leaned down into it. Then I breathed through my mouth while I counted one Mississippi, two Mississippi—up to sixty Mississippi. After that, I’d be able to drop the cup and breathe like a normal human being.

Cleaning the Jewelry

You don't need to clean your jewelry while you are still healing. It is normal to see discharge, which may form into a crust. Don't pick at it. Instead, dip a cotton ball in some salt solution and wipe the crust off. The crust may come off easier after a hot shower.

5. The Healing Process Will Depend on the Location of the Piercing

A nostril piercing takes about four to six months to heal, but other types of piercings may take shorter or longer (see chart below). You must keep up with the aftercare routine for the entire duration of the healing time. Don't get lazy! Sometimes issues with healing will arise, including getting bumps, black marks, and scarring, or seeing the skin heal over the jewelry and basically swallow it up. To prevent such terrible things from occurring, strictly follow the rules below.


  • To help with the healing, clean the area with a saline solution or your own sea salt solution by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of salt with 8 oz. of water.
  • Do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide

Things Not to Do While It is Healing:

  • Don't touch it with dirty hands
  • Don't apply moisturizer or makeup
  • Don't go swimming
  • Don't remove the jewelry

Nose Piercing Healing Time

Type of Piercing
Healing Time
4-6 months
6-8 weeks
Rhino or Vertical
6-9 months
4-6 months
8-12 weeks

6. You Might Act Like a Total Dork Afterwards

It’s okay, though. You’re still cool. Sort of. Just not as much. For me? Well, I didn’t realize that it bothered me because it hadn’t hurt too much, and I get tattoos all the time. But, apparently, having my nose pierced pushed my brain over the edge. Instead of getting it pierced and walking out, I fainted and felt like I was going to pass out. Luckily, I listened to my body, and I told my piercer what was going on. He sat me down and grabbed a wet paper towel for me to put on my wrists and forehead. Then, he grabbed me a sugary soda to drink. It helped a lot. I felt much better after that, and, in about 5 minutes, I was up and moving. I’m glad I said something because not even a month or so later, I got my blood drawn and passed out, hurting my head in the process. Don’t mess with it if you feel faint; tell the person doing your piercing. You’ll be glad you did, even if it’s embarrassing at the moment.

7. You Can Accidentally Pull the Piercing Out

And it hurts when you do it. Before I got my piercing, I read a blogger's post in which she mentioned that she pulled out her piercing by accident and that it hurt. She said that was why she went with the nose screw. I laughed and thought, "How can you accidentally remove a piercing that’s firmly in your nostril?

I laughed until I did it, too. I’m not sure how other people did it, but, for me, when the piercing was new, every once in a while, I’d feel like I had an itch on my nose. Of course, it was just my body's way of reacting to the stud, but my brain didn't get that message to me quickly enough, and I’d raise a hand and rub the end of my nose. Surely, the little gem would get caught on the edge of my hand and hang out. This happened several times, and I cursed up a storm every time because I had managed to do it again. Be careful, but realize it’s probably going to happen at least once or twice.

Nose screws come in different types of metal.
Nose screws come in different types of metal.

8. You Have to Re-Learn How to Blow Your Nose

It’s something you learned how to do in kindergarten or earlier, but, when you pierce your nose, you have to learn how to do it all over again. While the piercing is still healing, it hurts an awful lot to push against it when you are holding a tissue there.

I discovered pretty quickly that you will wind up with some boogers caught on the inside of the piercing. The little “leg” in there will get all sorts of nastiness on it. For me, this meant that, during allergy season, I’d wind up with gunk on my piercing. One of the easiest ways to deal with it (when it got itchy) was to simply rinse it out the same way you would clean it when you got your initial piercing. Then, blow your nose like normal. Soft tissues are a necessity!

9. Avoid Playing With it

For real! It’s really, really, really tempting to twist it, touch it, or check it to make sure it’s still there. Don’t do it. It hurts, and it will become more prone to infection. I played with it when I first got it, and, while it was fine for the first week or so, it actually started bleeding after that because I kept messing up the scab.

I had to treat it with diluted tea tree oil (which worked great), but it also meant that I had to wait that much longer for it to heal. Plus, it looks pretty gross when you have a ring of blood around a piercing. Even if other people didn’t know or couldn’t tell that it was blood, I could, and it was not fun.

10. It Doesn’t Always Show up in Pictures

It doesn't always show up in photos, unless you take a super close-up—in which case, be prepared for a lot of really intense scrutiny of your nose. When I first got my piercing, I took a picture and put it up on my Facebook page. I thought it would be so obvious, but it wasn't. The initial stud was pretty small, and it was nice and shiny, but, in a simple picture from a distance, it’s not immediately obvious.

This can be good and bad. If you want to show it off, it can be difficult. But, if you’re trying to take “professional” pictures, it won’t really damage your look. That said, you can definitely get less or more noticeable ones so that you have a variety ready whenever you need to change the look.

11. People Will Ask About It

Be ready to answer questions. Personally, I prefer to lie. When someone comes up with a brilliant question like, “Did you get your nose pierced?” I just say, “No.” I don’t explain. I don’t ask why. I don’t say anything else—just “no.” It’s awesome to watch someone get confused.

Of course, if you actually do want to talk about it, that’s cool, too. I’ve had some conversations with other pierced people, and we would talk about where we buy our studs and where we got our piercings. One woman I talked to said she wanted to do a nostril piercing. She already had her septum pierced but wanted to know if a nostril piercing was painful. Just like with tattoos, it can be fun to talk about what you’ve pierced and why.

12. Swapping It Out for a Different Stud Can Hurt

You are pushing folded metal through a small hole in your cartilage, after all. This is especially true when you have a nose screw. I was surprised at how much it hurt to swap out—I thought it would be like changing out an earring. Nope!

The nose is much more sensitive than the earlobe, so you will definitely feel the nose stud going out and the new one going in. That said, the easiest way to make it less painful and easier on you is to make sure things are well lubricated. Make sure to fully wash the new stud with antibacterial soap and water. Then, use some saline solution on both your nose and the stud. It’ll slide in much more easily that way.

How to Change a Nose Piercing Stud

13. People Will Judge You

Some people will think it’s trendy or cool. Others will see it as a sign of civilization’s decay. Be ready for both. Accept the compliments and ignore the insults.

14. Picking Your Nose Just Got Harder!

I know, I know—no one *really* picks their nose, right? But that goes counter to what I see (and do) in my car. We all know that sometimes picking a nose is where it’s at. I’m not implying that we all sit around and do it non-stop, but there are too many boogers lying around for them all to be accidents. (One of my pop-pop’s favorite jokes was “Why are a gorilla’s nostrils so big?” “Because his fingers are so big!”)

15. Zits Hurt

For those of us who are still unlucky enough to suffer from acne, get ready to suffer more. There’s nothing quite like getting a piercing, and then immediately getting a zit right next to it. Besides the fact that a pimple hurts all on its own, you now also have the pain from the piercing near the zit because the skin is swelling up. On top of that, you can’t really pop the zit because the piercing is so close that it will rub up against it or possibly cause it to pop before it’s ready.

You have to be careful because you don’t want to use anything on the zit that might irritate the piercing—especially when it’s new. You also have to be careful when you wash it. All in all, the ordeal is not what I would call a fun time.

If this unfortunate circumstance befalls you, dab some diluted tea tree oil on the zit. It helps with the swelling and kills bacteria!

16. If You Take Your Nose Ring Out, It May Close Up

I had to take mine out not quite two months after it was pierced. I thought and hoped that would be long enough—and it almost was. After keeping it out for a week, the outside piercing (on the nostril) was still open, but the piercing inside my nose healed up pretty quickly. I guess that the skin inside was just sensitive enough that it wanted to be done with it before I was. A few people suggested that I just go ahead and force one of the studs through it. But, since I don’t like blood or unnecessary pain, I decided it was far more worthwhile to pay someone else to do it with a proper piercing needle and sterilization.

17. It Doesn't Cost Too Much

A nose piercing will not make you broke, and you probably don't need to save money over several months to cover the costs. The price of a typical nose piercing is $30 to $80. This is the total cost for the piercing and the jewelry.

If piercers charge separately, then the average cost of the piercing is $30 and the jewelry is around $10-$60, depending on the quality of the metal and the design.


Do you have any body piercings?

  • 56% Yes, but just my ears
  • 3% Yes, and I'm not going to tell you where
  • 28% Yes, but only a few
  • 2% Yes, everywhere you can imagine
  • 9% No, but I plan to get at least one
  • 1% No, and I'm not going to get any
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      Lynn 4 days ago

      I just pierced mine on my own two days ago, and it's my 16th piercing, 13th done by hand. Healing well, and looks lovely. No swelling, though the day after I did it I had to sing at Graduation and accidentally pulled it halfway out trying to rub my nose. Got it back in place, a little blood, but nothing big. I used a 16g piercing needle and a nose stud. IF YOU ARE GOING TO PIERCE YOUR OWN, BE SMART, CLEAN, AND SAFE.

      Don't use peroxide or rubbing alcohol to clean because it actually helps cause infection. 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 8 oz warm water.

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      David 2 weeks ago

      You need an object, artifact, a body ornament to stand out.

      What dose it say about your self ???

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      charlotte 3 weeks ago

      i really want to get mine pierced but my dad wont let e he doesnt ever listen to me! its so annoying, i think im just gonna get it done anyway.

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      Amy 4 weeks ago

      Hi i was just wondering, if you have a nostril peircing and take it out for a few hours one day after almost 2 months healing time, will that be ok? Or not? I might be having my nose pierced soon and am just curious

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      Nina 4 weeks ago

      Hi there, I got my nose pierced 3 days ago now. I was wondering if it’s normal for the whole half of my nose to swell or not?

      It got so swollen the jewelry started to sink a little bit but I got the swelling to go down, I’m just now noticing that the whole half of my nose is swollen not just the nostril.

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      Susan 2 months ago

      Hai I had my septum re-pierced but it is not at the original spot and I am really unsatisfied..It looks like two dots under my nose thats all..pls help? Should I wait fr it to heal first and change the horseshoe ring or just let it completely close

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      Ali 3 months ago

      I have my nose pierced and I went from a nostril screw to a nose bone that was a little bigger. Will it affect my nose in a harmful was?

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      Daphne 3 months ago


      I always have pimples around my nose during MA periods... Some times they appear on nostrils. Do you think if I continue and pierce my nostrils my pimples will divert and pop out from another spot rather on top of my piercing?

      How do you know that a pin or stud is Stainless Steel ?

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      Rose 3 months ago

      Thank you!! All the information was very helpful!! :)

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      Julie 3 months ago

      Thank you!! I am considering this and appreciate your advice!!

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      eliza 4 months ago

      i’m thinking of getting my nose pierced. is it hard to blow your nose when you have a cold/sick etc

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      Liz 4 months ago

      Thanks so much for this article! I truly enjoyed reading it and it answered allot of the questions I had. I also had a couple lol moments too :). Thanks for the honesty!

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      tina 5 months ago

      am getting a nose piercing soon...read the whole page.thanks a lot for the info

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      Casey 5 months ago

      For the love of God be careful when you wipe your face with a towel. The little loops will rip your piercing right out and it will feel as if the devil himself has pissed in your open face wound. Just so you guys know.

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      charlotte 5 months ago

      I want my nose pierced so badly its all I can think about night and day. my dad told me I couldnt he doesnt understand. I HAVE A CRUSH ON NOSE PIERCINGS!!

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      Rach 6 months ago

      Lm - to get rid of any growths next to your piercings (which are normal so I have read) you can use warm salt water. Make sure you use rock salt. Dip into salt water with cotton wool and cover on nose, keep doing this and then I ended up using a spoon to give my nose a salt bath/shower and dry with clean tissue paper. It should clear up within a few days but continue to do this for a week to make sure it is cleared up.

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      AN 6 months ago

      Just got my nose pierced yesterday, a little stud. I read the whole page. Thanks I hope this wont be so bad.

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      Sarah 6 months ago

      I have multiple tattoos and got my nose pierced and had the same reaction. I completely fainted and was shaking enough my husband thought I was having a seizure. I couldn't believe it. After sitting in a tattoo chair for 3 plus hours I pass out from a piercing and it wasn't my first piercing. I wish someone had warned me

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      Anonymous 7 months ago

      Does all this apply to faux piercings as well? I'm considering following the directions but I've read somewhere that the Internet sometimes contains false health information.

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      Lm 7 months ago

      I had my nose pierced on 6th sep and I’ve had a lump on the side of my nose and doesn’t want to go! Any ideas on what I can do to get rid of the lump?

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      Nicole Kiddie Granath 7 months ago

      I don't think I would ever personally pierce my nose, although I do think the L-shape is pretty on some people. I love how detailed your explanations are!

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      M.J 8 months ago

      I got mine done last year and i developed hypotrophic scarring (keloid?) and only recently decided to take it all out and let it heal. Try not getting it with gun coz it will scar more easy. My keloid went away with sea salt solution and tea tree oil

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      jenn 8 months ago

      I did mine about a year ago , didn't hurt me at all. But one time i removed it for a few hours and putting my piercing back was difficult... Anyway I love it

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      Kimberly 9 months ago

      I got my nose pierced about a month ago. My pain tolerance is pretty high but it was the worst pain I ever experienced. I have many tats and ear piercings. I wasn't nervous about my nose piercing at all because I thought a little numbing spray, like what's used when you pierce your ears, would be used. Of course he didn't and he shoved that needle into my nose. Would I do it again? No but hey, you only live once. It was a present from my 16 year old daughter for my 50th bday. Tats and piercings are great. Now-should I get my eye brow pierced??

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      Clarissa 9 months ago

      I wanna get a small nose stud and also my belly piercing but don't know if I should get it over with and get them at the same time? Or one at a time and wait till I see what just what my body reacts with...?

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      Storm 10 months ago

      Getting my nose pierced today! I'm feeling so nervous already!

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      Blue 10 months ago

      Got my nosed pierced on Friday August 18 lol it felt nice and I've been cleaning it regularly it doesn't hurt really but it really depends on how much pain you can take

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      Rebekah O 10 months ago

      Drinking from soda cans... I get this weird feeling, almost like a shock! I have my septum and both nostrils pierced and it's the strangest feeling ever.

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      Jake paul 10 months ago

      Getting my nose pierced in an hour.. I'm so nervous

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      Gator 10 months ago

      Getting my nose pierced in 40 minutes, wish me luck

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      TattooFiesta 10 months ago

      Excellent article, thanks for uploading valuable information. Both for the young and old who ignore all this.


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      Soph 11 months ago

      How long do u have to keep in a nose piercing in for after u have had it done because my school only allow ear piercings and it is the six week holidays.

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      Elinor 11 months ago

      I just found out why it hurts so bad to change my nose stud...it's a corkscrew...and I almost pulled it out in the shower while scrubbing my face with a wet towel.

      At least it wont fall out on its own.

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      Anesa 11 months ago

      I want to pierce my nose sooo bad, I pierced my tragus and that wasn't so hard just that it took really long to heal but scared my nose will take too long to heal and I wouldn't want the spot to leave black and get infected....how can I avoid this? How long does it take to be completed healed?

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      Jay 11 months ago

      I have one question! I'm getting my nose pierced very soon and would like to know if the pain process is the same as getting the cartilage on your ear done? I have my cartilage done and I can't remember the pain from piercing my ear lobes as I was only a baby!

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      Miranda 11 months ago

      I want to get my nosed peirced really bad, but I'm really scared that it's gonna hurt!? And if it does hurt how bad from 1-10 10 being the worst 1 being you can barely feel it or can't feel it at all? And how long does it hurt after u get it peirced?

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      sxxxm 12 months ago

      I pierced my nose by myself when I was 15 by ordering a nose piercing gun online which is basically like a little white plastic gun which has the stud in it already and once you've used it, you throw it away. I got my mum to make a mark on my nose and I pierced it. I am now 16 and am currently wearing a pink nose hoop. When I pierced my nose it didn't hurt one bit... and I'm shit scared of injections so yeah. Lol.

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      Xx 12 months ago

      How to get nose piercing back in quick xx

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      Nicole 12 months ago

      Be careful drying your face with a hand towel, as the stud may get caught on a stray thread and yank out, that hurts when it's fresh.

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      Cara 12 months ago

      I'm getting my nose pierced in a few weeks and I'm very excited. Thanks for this!

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      Luis 12 months ago

      I'm getting my nose pierced for my 16th birthday in 5 days, I really wanted to pierce my nose but was scared because of all the unknowns. This article was so helpful though! I'm very glad I found it and I'm very excited to get the piercing done!

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      LyLy 12 months ago

      So me and my mom are getting matching nose piercing on my birthday and honestly ive wanted one for a while and im a little scared. When i got my ears pierced i was a baby so i dont remember the pain. But this article was reallu helpful, thanks

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      Madi 13 months ago

      Hi im madi. Im thinking about getting my nose pierced soon but in to scared. After reading your story I thought ok this is happing. I really need to put a lot of time into my piercing. Thank you so much... :-D

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      Templeton 13 months ago

      I got my tongue pierced I had to drink medicine because my tongue was swollen like a golf ball

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      suhaani naik 13 months ago

      im getting my nose pierced today. thanks for the information.

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      Denise Mccormick 13 months ago

      I had my nose pierced 2x . the 2nd time I believe the cartilage grew around the piercing and I accidently pulled it out with my long nails and it bled so much and I had another stud with me to put in but unfortunately it would not go in. I really like nose piercing but afraid to do it a 3x.

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      mayra 13 months ago

      Im getting my percing today and im so scared i may yank it out but thank you so much this passage helped ALOTTT

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      Ella 14 months ago

      I got my nose pierced just last week and it didn't hurt at all. Mine also was only swollen the first day and looks like it's healing really well.

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      Charley 14 months ago

      I have my nose pierced. It didn't hurt in the slightest, and was nothing compared to other piercings I have (which include both nipples, and multiple cartilage piercings). I had my nose pierced twice due to the first time it falling out and healing over. I put makeup over my nose piercing immediately after but took a lot of time and care to remove the makeup and thoroughly clean the piercing. My piercing felt like nothing more than a pinch and didn't ache much afterwards (which I find happens with most piercings I've gotten)..

      Hope this helps!

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      AJ 14 months ago

      Great article for those considering taking the plunge! I got mine done on my 18th birthday as a gift to myself, and I honestly could NOT be happier with the results. I haven't taken it out (except for surgeries and to change jewellery) in over a decade, so that says something. I wear my nose ring in corporate settings, formal settings, to Fashion Week, and even to black-tie Galas, so this is a piercing that will take you everywhere, and look at once chic, fashionable, sexy, and project whatever YOU want through the jewellery you choose. It's also completely acceptable in corporate settings, nor can ANY company in America make you remove your nose ring, as there are religions that utilize nose jewellery, and employers cannot ask about YOUR religion based on US laws, so it's a safe choice...whether you lean more towards working a soundboard or working a boardroom.

      For all the people asking about pain levels -- the pinching hurt more than the piercing. Same for the septum so I have been told. Aftercare made my eyes water a few times, but that's it. I *WILL* say, though, that I was very, very surprised reading this article and seeing anyone choose a nose screw as their initial jewellery. When I suggested anything other than a ring to my piercer, it was shot down IMMEDIATELY. I told him I wanted something "pretty" and "cute" to which he just glared and launched into an explanation of bacteria, germs, grow-over, turning, healing times, and plain ol' safety. Rings are ALWAYS best for new piercings, and as I'm sitting here on the cusp of getting myself yet *another* piercing (my 7th--not counting the 5 pairs of holes up each ear), I know I'm going to get a ring. Obviously there are a few exceptions to this rule, industrials and labrets for example, but for the most part just save all the cutesy jewellery for when you're all healed up and ready to go.

      Happy Holing!

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      Nickey 14 months ago

      I have really been wanting my nose pierced and I've done alot of research. I have 2 questions that I can't seem to find the answers to. How do you ally makeup after getting the piercing and if you have to cover it up, what do you use?

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      Viviane 15 months ago

      I was 12 when I got my nose pierced, I had just had my first period and my Mum thought it would look awesome to get done! My mum took me into a tattoo parlour because she refused to do it in the middle of the mall because as she said, "you can sanitize a piercing gun but not sterilize it, like a needle." The guy who pierced me was covered in tattoos and it was kind of intimidating. It didn't hurt at all to be honest. There was a pinch and then I felt like I was going to sneeze. Nothing unbearable. I was initially given a larger stud (I wanted a tiny speck) but my piercer told me he had seen piercings close over a tiny stud (like the skin had grown over the jewelry). He showed me how to keep it clean (saline solution and a q-tip) as well as told me to turn the stud a quarter turn everyday for 2 weeks before going to bed. It healed beautifully no infections or pain. I am so glad my Mum let me make that decision but guided me to get a professional to do it. His placement was great and he put it in at the perfect angle. I am now in my late 20's and I still have my nose pierced. I love it and I have an 18-gauge labaret-style Neometal (titanium) stud!

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      Monica 15 months ago

      I remember wanting my nose pierced when I was 13 and going to a popular tattoo shop that's downtown from where I live. I remember my mom took me at night and they refused to do it because I needed to be 14 so they told me to come back in a year. Funny thing is, I never did come back. My mom was against it and eventually I didn't care too much to get it done, instead I became a tattoo girl rather than a girl for piercings, so I got my first tattoo at 18 and my second at 20. Planning to get more because I love them! But not TOO many. My sister is 14 and wants her nose done now and I was suppose to go with her to get it done but we didn't get too because she had a Dr.'s appt. I hope when she gets her piercing done, she doesn't regret it but even if she does, it can still heal and close up. But I wouldn't want the kid having a big keloid scar there though.

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      Maddy 15 months ago

      I'm 14 in a couple of weeks and I got my nose done last weekend, I cant even feel it anymore, it hurt a little more that a needle and I cried a bit (I have basically no pain tolerance) but now my helix hurts more than my nose and that's only when I clean it (for me cleaning it hurts like hell)but anyway I would compare it to a little more than a needle.

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      Naza 15 months ago

      I'm planning on getting a a septum piercing and I was wondering how much I should clean my nose before going to get the piercing? I have rather small nostrils but with the allergy season going on things can get nasty. I do keep my nostrils clean but I don't want to go to a piercer only let them see something I didn't notice.

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      Hi 15 months ago

      I like doing this article bc it's helps me and informs me of what can happen if and when I get my nose piercing

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      Caidance 15 months ago

      I'm 14 and I want to get a hoop piercing and I'm trying to find something to compare the pain to. I was kinda imagining it feeling like giving your blood (you know the getting stabbed by the needle part anyways.) Is that somewhat what it feels like?

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      holly summers 16 months ago

      im only 12 and i just got a nose peircing. it hurt a bit but its really worth all the pain.

      im so happy that i did it because it made me cool at school even though i got 1 hour detention!

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      Meep 16 months ago

      It's not a zit. When you get a piercing the skin that has been pierced has to go somewhere and so it goes around the piercing place.

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      Niamh 16 months ago

      I so agree with the not hurting part. I kept getting told that it would hurt and I'm only 15 and got it done for my birthday (it was after my birthday) on Sunday and I was surprised that it didn't hurt. I would say for me it was a 4 out of 10.

      But thank you this did help with the studs and rings part about taking them out anduring putting them in.

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      Linda 16 months ago

      Thank you. This was really helpful

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      Baily 16 months ago

      Thank you so much. This actually helped me. I haven't gotten my nose pierced just yet, but I am getting it sometime this week. And, I was reading about it. This is really interesting information. I was wondering if you have something like this for a belly button piercing?

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      Angela 17 months ago

      I guess I've just been lucky but my nose piercing was not a big deal at all. It obviously hurt a little but caused more of a stinging/need to sneeze feeling. I've read a lot about this saline solution method for cleaning piercings but the (very experienced) piercer I went to told me to wash it once a day with antibacterial soap and then disinfect with bactine three times a day and that worked great for me. I never had any swelling/redness after the first day or so and all soreness had pretty disappeared in a week. This caused me to forget about it and yank it out a couple of times, which definitely sucked but other than that no issues at all. He also told me to wait at least 4-6 weeks before changing the ring and 8 months to a year before removing it at all. I think the crucial factors are where you get your piercing, who does it, and how well you clean it after. A facial piercing in a sensitive area is going to need recovery time.

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      kyla 17 months ago

      thanks !!

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      Szr 17 months ago

      Hi. I got my nose pierced Friday and I Am really worried, the lady didn't gave Mr much info about after care. She provided me a saline solutionin tube and got told to put a drop or two twice a day outside my nose where the piercing is. She told me not to touch and never told Mr about cleaning it. Now I Am freaking out and very scared about infections etc... Is there any advice you can give me please? I don't really want to bother my doctor for this, I think it will be quite rude not really a medical emergency. Thanks!

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      Katherine Sanger 18 months ago from Texas


      It really depends on the person. I thought it just felt like a sharp pinch, but my sister couldn't stop cursing because she was in so much pain. I also have tattoos, and I've only found a few spots that I really consider painful. I would say go ahead and try it - it is over super fast if you have a good piercer, and you'll be happy you did it. :)

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      Angelina 18 months ago

      I got my nose pierced a week and 3 days ago although yesterday it came out when I was washing my face, didn't hurt and I can't put it back in so I am going to my piercer tomorrow. I heard it hurts to get it repierced although I am not afraid one bit! I heard the first time getting it pierced hurts too but I didn't feel a thing! Before I got it pierced I was even pinching my nose to get a sense of how much it would hurt and pintching my nose actually hurt more because actually getting it pierced is so fast. So I guess it depends on the person

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      anju369s 18 months ago

      I am a male. I am keen interesting in nose piercing. I expect your suggestions

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      Mandy 18 months ago

      I found that I had a sneezing fit after the needle was put through and despite my best efforts my eyes got watey (thankfully the piercer said that's common).

      The most annoying thing I wish I'd known is that it takes a day or so for you to adjust to seeing it on your nose. I was often distracted by the stud catching the light and sparkling...more than once I was told to stop doing the cross-eye thing lol.

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      Heather 18 months ago

      My nose is what I'm interested in getting next! I just had a dermal put in my chest. Thanks for the wonderful info

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      Michelly 18 months ago

      Hi . I'm just wondering does it really hurt or not as much .? My friend got hurts and she said at end it hurt little bit for her but idk what to believe because people say no it don't then they say yes it does so I'm wondering does it .? ?,

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      Katherine Sanger 19 months ago from Texas


      Mine would often get caught/pulled out a bit when I first got it. As long as it doesn't bleed or hurt too much, I would give it more time. You can also get one of the studs with the "twist" to keep it in.

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      Isabella 19 months ago

      Hi I have a question, every day I have to clean my peirsing and when I do, it feels like I just got it ripped out. It doesn't bleed and I have to move it a lot

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      Barbara 19 months ago

      I'm 70 and considering a nose piercing,

      being a 'nasty woman'

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      Katherine Sanger 19 months ago from Texas

      Nat Bloom - Mine didn't itch, actually. I avoided cleaning it with soap at first (mostly because it hurt), and what I did was to just use the salt water to cleanse it.

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      Nat bloom 19 months ago

      I am contemplating getting my nose pierced (very lower nostril).

      The only thing I am wondering about is washing my face everyday. How should or would I go about that? Would I just avoid the pierced area and wash the rest of my face as usual?

      And if it does itch...should I just soak a cotton ball with sss or h2ocean and apply it to the pierced area?


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      Katherine Sanger 19 months ago from Texas

      When it comes to healing, everyone is different. For me, it took about a month. But it was still a little uncomfortable when I accidentally smacked it for about six weeks. :)

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      Am 20 months ago

      How long does it take to heal?

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      Amber Garrett 20 months ago

      Actually I didn't twist my nose ring for a very long time and for the longest time my nose ring didnt heal little do you know it helps to twist it because it is easier for it to heal

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      jtrader 20 months ago

      People don't remember about those things.

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      Anonymous 20 months ago

      I did it myself and people freaked out

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      Katherine Sanger 20 months ago from Texas

      Hi Angie,

      It's really not much different than ear piercing in one sense - you can still take it out and have it heal up. If you daughter (and you) really understand the choice, I personally don't see why it would be a problem as long as she knows the care it will require.

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      daisy 20 months ago

      i want my nose pierced but i have no idea how much it will hurt??? ive got my helix pierced and i didnt feel likd that hurt at all.

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      Daniella 20 months ago

      This is really cool, I just got one and this really helped me understand what will happen.

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      Savanah 21 months ago

      I got mine done last year for my birthday. I am 14 and no one really seemed to have a problem with it.

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      Angie 21 months ago

      My 11 year old daughter wants one! I feel she is too young !!

      Please advise

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      Mary 21 months ago

      Just got my nose pierced he said he used a bigger need to make it easy will shrink to the size of the stud

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      Dr AT Kannan 22 months ago

      I found this article well written and I would like to add that in India specially in south India there are nose studs which are screw able with or without stones usually diamond stones called be sari mookuthi with number of stones being 1 to 14 and commonly women wear it and occasionally men have it.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      This was a fun well written hub. I don't have any piercings, I do find them interesting and sometimes quite pretty.

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      daviddonkor70 2 years ago

      wow. really good interesting hub,although i won't be trying a nose pierce...sounds painful.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 2 years ago from South Africa

      I guess I'm old school. I think they're hideous and I always wonder why people would do that to themselves. Looking for attention that they don't have? A rebellion against society?

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      Ashley Cogdill 2 years ago from Indiana/Chicagoland

      Love it! I LoL'd at a few items in you list. :)

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      Joey 2 years ago

      Excellent Hub, very informative! I have a lip piercing I recently removed and I know the information was out there, but I didn't realize that the hole would be so much more noticeable than closed ear piercings. And yes, people will ask you about it. constantly.

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      2 player games 2 years ago

      Very interesting and very good.thanks for sharing...

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Hey Katherine exceptional writing and very essential news and details for anyone considering to possibly have their noise pierced, intelligent and well-written content so that anyone can definitely make the right decision. Looking ahead to reading more of your excellent hubs. Linda

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very interesting and well written hub Katherine. I am sure this will be very helpful to anyone contemplating getting their nose pierced.


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