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

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

Septum piercing

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 common 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-plated 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.

3. 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

4. There Are Several Places In Your Nose That You Can Pierce

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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

Aftercare

  • 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.
  • Don't twist it, touch it, or check it to make sure it’s still there.

8. It Can Close Back 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.

Nose Piercing Healing Time

Type of PiercingHealing Time

Nostril

4-6 months

Septum

6-8 weeks

Rhino or Vertical

6-9 months

Nasallang

4-6 months

Bridge

8-12 weeks

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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!

12. 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.

13. People Will Ask About It...And Judge You

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.

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. 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

15. 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.

16. 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!

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.

Piercings

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Is it possible to pierce your nose and hit a nerve, and then never be able to see on your left/right eye ever again?

Answer: It is always possible that a nerve will be hit - but an experienced and professional piercer should know the right place to pierce to avoid that kind of nerve damage. It's not impossible, but it is unlikely.

Question: Should a nostril piercing be done by the piercing gun (like at the mall) or the conventional way by a professional piercer?

Answer: The problem with the guns are that they literally are blowing the flesh out of the way - they do more damage to the tissue. A professional piercer will be a needle, which will enter smoothly and avoid damaging any other tissue near the piercing.

Question: Would getting a nose piercing affect the way I wash my face?

Answer: No, not really. The only thing to do is try to avoid getting whatever soap/product you're using in your nose, and be careful with a towel until you figure out how to not let the towel snag the piercing.

Question: What's the worst thing that can possibly happen when getting a nose piercing, assuming that everything's done calmly and professionally?

Answer: Honestly, as with any other piercing, you can have bleeding, scarring, infection. No matter how well something is done, there is a possibility that something can go wrong afterward.

Question: Can I get a flower stud for my first nostril piercing?

Answer: As a rule, no. Most piercers will have a selection for you to choose from. They will often want to use their own product, both for product and for cleanliness. If you bring one in, they have no way of knowing if it's sterile or not.

Question: If I were to get my nose pierced and eventually decide I don't want it anymore, could I take it out? Would it leave a noticeable scar or hole?

Answer: You can remove it, and it shouldn't leave a very noticeable hole or scar. It probably won't leave anything at all. Just like any other piercing, including ear piercing, there is always the possibility of a mark left. In most cases, the skin will heal if there is nothing there.

Question: Is it okay to get the nostril piercing done at a Claire's?

Answer: Personally, I would say no. It's up to each person to make their own decisions, but I believe it's best to go to a professional piercer. Instead of a "gun," they use a needle, and they are regularly inspected for cleanliness (check your state's guidelines). Remember that this is putting a hole in your body, and so while it may be more expensive to go to a professional, chances are you won't regret it.

Question: I want to get a nose piercing, but my school doesn’t allow it, and I need to be able to go swimming in the summer. Would the piercing be more prone to infection if I get a flat head and after 2 weeks put a blister bandaid over it the rest of the time?

Answer: You normally want to give it about a month to heal, so I would not suggest getting it when you know you'll be going into a pool. Obviously, it's up to you what you do, but my advice would be to wait until you're in a situation where you don't have to worry about an infection. If you do choose to do it, keep a careful eye on any discharge or redness. If you remove the piercing two weeks in, it will likely close up.

Question: Can you do your own nose piercing?

Answer: I do not recommend doing a nose piercing yourself. Going to a professional is really the best - and should be the only - way. Professionals will follow requirements for cleaning, sterilizing, and know how/where to pierce. Keep in mind that if you were to try to pierce it yourself, you'd need several mirrors to make sure you cover all the angles, and even then, it would be extremely difficult to see your nose/placement of the piercing.

Question: I have very bad anxiety. What can I do to stay calm before getting my nose pierced?

Answer: This question is probably more suited to a hub on anxiety, but as someone who suffers from anxiety, here's my take: deep breathing, meditation, and having a squeezy toy. The squeezy toy is awesome while you're getting something painful done, I find.

Question: Does it hurt to clean a new nose piercing?

Answer: Yes! At first. Just like any other piercing (ear) or any other body mod, such as a tattoo, it won't feel very good for the first day or two. If you're gentle and just rinse it, it won't hurt very much, though. If it keeps hurting or if you notice any swelling start, or any redness/discharge, talk to the piercer or a doctor ASAP.

Question: Do nose piercings hurt based on how big your nose is?

Answer: I've never even thought of that, to be honest! I don't think it makes that much of a difference - a nose is a nose is a nose. If you're more sensitive, then it hurts more. I know that my sister's found it extremely painful while I found it to be a slightly unpleasant pinch. Everyone is going to be different, but size itself shouldn't make a difference.

Question: My piercer said it takes 5-8 weeks for a nostril piercing to heal, but you said 4-6 months. I’ve researched online and found very different opinions. What are the thoughts on how long I should keep it in?

Answer: I had to get my nose re-pierced because I took it out for an extended period of time. I had it for about six weeks when that happened. I think that it's like any medical procedure - different people take different amounts of time to heal. Unless you have a great need to remove it, there's nothing wrong with letting it sit.

Question: Can I get my nose piercing switched to a hoop after 3 1/2 months having it?

Answer: Yes, that should be plenty of time. Just be sure to check the gauge so that the hoop will fit properly. There are multiple types of hoops, as well: you can get one that goes in and twists close (using a pair of pliers or super strong hands), one that slides in and then is held with a small ball that's pressed into the opening, and one that has a flat spot that is pushed so that it is on the inside of the nose. You should be able to buy a pack with all three so that you can find which one is most comfortable.

Question: Does it hurt if I get it on the septum?

Answer: Yes. It is a piercing, so you'll feel some amount of pain. How well you deal with the pain is personal to you. I don't think I've ever had a pain-free piercing.

Question: If someone touches my piercing, what should I do?

Answer: If it's still healing, rinse it off. It's hard to keep from touching it accidentally, so it shouldn't be any different than when you touch it yourself, unless they happen to have been touching something particularly unpleasant before.

Question: This might sound a tad weird, but how can you tell the difference between an infection and snot leaking through? I got my nostril pierced about a week ago (and I got a ring) and the saline solution (which I was instructed to soak in for 10 minutes), but the saline solution causes my nose to run and get all snotty. I try to clean it, but could the yellow crust that keeps forming just be snot or is it an infection?

Answer: From your description, I would think it would just be the healing process. If it's not getting red and hurting a lot, it is most likely *not* an infection. While the outside of the piercing might close up, the inside is still healing, and it's common to get a small amount of yellow "crust" as that happens. Keep cleaning it, and if it has any other problems, go see your piercer or a doctor.

Question: How old do you have to be to get a nose piercing?

Answer: The laws vary somewhat, but generally you must be 18 to get it done, without parent approval. Some places will pierce at any age, but I suggest making sure you're ready. If your parent/parents won't help you get it, then you'll need to wait. Don't go to a piercer that will ignore your age - if they ignore that, are they also ignoring safety measures?

Question: I have a sinus problem and currently feel bunged up all year round. Will a nose piercing make this worse?

Answer: The piercing won't make it worse, but it has the potential to make the piercing less fun and comfortable for you. If you're trying to blow your nose a lot, you will probably wind up getting the piercing caught on tissues. Sometimes I find it easier to use a moist hand towel during allergy season. Be prepared to push the piercing back in - and don't throw away a tissue without making sure the stud or hoop is still in place.

Question: On a scale of 0 - 100, how much did getting a nose piercing hurt?

Answer: Everyone is different, but for me, on a scale of 1 to 10 (easier), I'd give it about a 4. My sister would probably rate it higher. It depends a lot on your pain tolerance.

Question: Is it ok to remove a piercing if a bump comes up?

Answer: If it's a keloid, yes. If it's an infection, no, you'll want to get it treated. If you're not sure which it is, get it checked out to make sure it's harmless.

Question: What is an appropriate age to get a piercing such as a septum?

Answer: It's really a personal choice. The legal age in most states is 18, but you can sometimes get one younger if you have parental consent, so do keep that in mind.

Question: Can you use the studs that go in your ears for piercing in your nose for piercing?

Answer: You probably *can*, but I would recommend against it. The nose rings/studs are meant for your nose specifically. As you can see above, there are three types. The pin style (straight, no twist or curve) is close to an earring, but it is a different gauge and a different length. The other issue is that you can't use the back of the earring to hold it into place, so like other pin style studs, it may fall out more easily or get caught on something that will pull it out.

Question: I swapped out the original nose screw for a slightly smaller gauge. Now I can't seem to get this one out to swap it out. It seems like the hole grew smaller to fit the smaller gauge. What should I do? I don't want to gouge around there to widen the hole, but the crystal fell out and got lost, so I need to change it.

Answer: It may have gotten smaller. That's normal if you gauge down. You can try to use the larger gauge. Use water to help slide it in. (You can also use a very, very small amount of A&D ointment. If you choose to use the ointment, be sure to clean your nose afterward, preferably with saline.)

Question: With the risk of infection after a nose piercing, do you think it would be safe to get one while breastfeeding? Also, will a nose ring hurt when I lay down on my pillow at night and cause my sleep to be disrupted? After it's healed, do you recommend removing it at night? Can I go to a pool with my kids afterward, leaving my head above water?

Answer: This advice is based on personal experience and is not medical advice.

I personally wouldn't feel that the risk was any higher while breastfeeding. You wouldn't have to worry about bleeding like you would during pregnancy.

It probably will hurt when you try to fall asleep, but I know that mine didn't keep me awake. If you're very sensitive to pain, you may want to consider the timing of getting it done. There's no reason to remove it once it's healed, especially when it's first healed because it can still close up enough to make it hard to get the piercing back in.

While it's healing, I would try to avoid the pool, especially with kids. You may not mean to dunk your head, but you can get splashed or slip. It isn't horrible to accidentally get some pool water on it, but it's not ideal.

Question: Is getting your nose pierced worth it?

Answer: It really depends on what "worth it" means to you. For me, I wanted the piercing because I really like the look of it, and I didn't mind the piercing itself. It will depend on what factors you use to determine it's worthiness - will it effect your job? Your family (being displeased/upset about it)? Are you able to keep it in until it heals? Do you want a collection of nose studs or hoops? It is a personal decision because, unlike most ear piercing, it's not as normal yet.

Question: I’ve had a stud in for 3 years. My nose is completely healed. But when I try and put a hoop in it get red and painful or a bump grows and I have to put the stud back in. What do I do?

Answer: You may want to look into the material of the hoop - is it different than your stud? It could be that your skin is sensitive to the metal you're using.

Question: Can you "see" the nose ring? Is it always in your field of vision?

Answer: It feels like that right after you've gotten it pierced! But, no, the feeling doesn't last. You can still see it if you really focus on that spot, but it quickly fades out from your vision.

Question: When I pierced my nose, I couldn't get a stud in so I had to have a ring in for the first six weeks. Will I be able to get a stud in after?

Answer: Depends on the gauge of the ring - if you don't know what gauge you had originally, ask the piercer who did it for you.

Question: My mom doesn’t want me to get a nose piercing, how can I convince her or make her more open to the idea?

Answer: Short answer - you can't. As a mom myself, if I felt I had a good reason to say no, I probably won't change my mind. However, if you wanted to try, show her that you've done your research. Show her the clear plastic options so that you can have it pierced but hide it for school or work or even just fancy events. Find out how much it will be, and where you can do it. Ask her why she's against it, and maybe you'll get more insight on why she's opposed.

If all else fails, just wait until you're 18, and you can pay for it yourself.

Question: Do you tip after you get a piercing?

Answer: Yes, just as you would tip for a tattoo, a massage, or any other "body work" you've had done by a professional. 20% is the standard, unless, like my sister, you were terrified and spent quite a while being nervous and taking up the piercer's time, in which case I would suggest going slightly higher.

Question: I think my piercing is sinking into my nostril. Or it may be that my nose is just swollen. Would pushing it up or spinning it help keep it up?

Answer: If it looks like or feels like it's sinking, you may want to go back to your piercer and see what's happening. While rare, any piercing can be rejected by your body. The other possibility is that it is swollen because you have an infection. Either way, get it check out. Do not play with it, including spinning it. That's not good to do if it's an infection or if the body is rejecting it.

Question: How can I clean boogers off my nostril piercing while it's healing?

Answer: Carefully. You can use anything clean - paper towel, tissue, washcloth - just be very gentle. You can also use a saline rinse. For me, I prefer a warm, moist washcloth. I softly and slowly wipe around the piercing. I prefer the washcloth because it's easier to get wet and still keep together.

Question: If you want a nose piercing, would you try a faux one first or just get it pierced?

Answer: That's really a personal preference. I didn't, but that's because I knew that I wanted it. For a lip piercing though, I did use a "fake" one at first that just clipped on. Since I felt that was a larger type piercing, I didn't want to hop into it.

Question: I'm thinking about getting my nose or my septum pierced. Which one hurts less?

Answer: That really depends on you and the way you feel pain. I've heard both - your nose is a very sensitive area, and since it will take longer to get your septum pierced, you might find that worse. However, the cartilage in your nostril might be more painful for you. I suggest getting both pierced, and then you can compare them.

Question: Can I swim after 2 months after getting my nose pierced?

Answer: Yes, you should be able to go into the water after that amount of time. However, if you notice it is getting extra red or inflamed, you may want to keep an eye on it and make sure the chlorine isn't bothering it.

Question: Will sweating infect my nostril piercing?

Answer: It shouldn't hurt it, but I would suggest cleaning it out after working out during the healing process. Once it's healed, you just need to be sure not to engage in a sport that might pull it out. If it falls out, it's okay, but you don't want to accidentally catch it on something. If it pulls out because it's caught on something, it will hurt and possible damage your nostril.

Question: What is the best age to get your nose pierced?

Answer: Whenever you're ready - as long as you're old enough or have parental approval. I didn't get my first nostril piercing until I was in my late 30s. It's never too late.

Question: How much time will it take for my nose piercing to close up?

Answer: Most of the time, if you've kept it in for 6 to 8 weeks, you can remove it. It may close up if it's not fully healed. While I removed mine about a month after the piercing, it did close up and I had to get it re-pierced. Don't take it out that soon is you can help it. You can swap for other jewelry, though, if that helps.

Question: Can I wear foundation when I get my nose pierced?

Answer: I would advise against it. You will probably have your piercing spot wiped down with alcohol or another type of prep to help avoid infection. If your foundation was to get into your piercing, it might cause an infection.

Question: If I go swimming after getting my nostril pierced, will anything bad happen?

Answer: If it's not fully healed, you can get an infection from the water, or it may just irritate it, depending on the amount of chlorine in the pool. Once it's healed, you should be fine. Either way, be careful not to pop it out when you dry off. :)

Question: Can I take the piercing out for a few hours a couple of times a week for my basketball games?

Answer: Once your piercing has healed, you can take it out when you need to. If it hasn't healed yet - generally if it's only been about a month - you won't want to take it out at all. In those cases, you can put a band-aid over your piercing, and that should help protect it.

Question: Does the outside of a nose piercing (the skin) heal after removing it?

Answer: Maybe. It really depends on the person - just like when you pierce your ears, some people will have them close up while others may have them gets slightly smaller or never have a big difference.

Question: Can you get an infection if your nose is periced?

Answer: Yes. It is not common, but just like any other body art, it can get infected. To avoid infection, keep the site clean, avoid playing with your jewelry while it's still healing, and don't use anything except a saline rinse to keep it clean. If you find that you have signs of an infection, take care of it right away. You might need to let the piercing close as part of the healing process, depending on what type of infection/how bad the infection is.

Question: What happens if your piercing falls out when you were sleeping, and you put it back in?

Answer: It should be fine, as long as you can put it back in. Once your piercing heals, it shouldn't be any problem at all. In fact, depending on the towel I'm using, I have pulled mine out multiple times.

Question: Can a model have a nostril piercing?

Answer: In general, yes. There are many models who have them. Also, keep in mind that there are "invisible" plastic studs that you can use in order to hide the piercing. It may stop you from getting some jobs, but it also might help. It depends on what you'll be modeling for.

Question: If I accidentally eat tamarind when I have pierced my nose recently, what will happen?

Answer: Unless you're snorting it, it should be fine. Try to make sure not to touch your nose when your hands are dirty because that can get an infection started, but eating something shouldn't be a problem.

Question: Does getting your nose pierced hurt a lot of you're afraid of needles?

Answer: That's a question that is specific to you - I personally hate needles. I have been known to pass out from having my blood drawn. When I got my nose pierced, it was okay. My sister got her nose pierced, and she has no problem with needles, but she found it very painful.

Question: Will my nose look like a tomato the day after it's been pierced?

Answer: Hopefully not. It shouldn't swell up or turn bright red. If it does, see a doctor ASAP. In general, it was sore at the site of the piercing, and there may be redness. There should not be any major swelling. If there's minor swelling, try gently using an ice pack.

Question: Should I go to the doctor is my nose piercing gets an infection?

Answer: There is always an option for at-home treatment, but since it is an infection, I would suggest going to the doctor. Doing it at home might make the infection worse, especially if your method fails and it turns into an ever bigger infection. This is your face - you don't want anything bad to happen.

Comments

seerena on June 17, 2020:

Is it ok to get a nose piercing with a stuffed nose

Kurhula on June 08, 2020:

I pirced on my left side nose i got an infection then this year i pierced in my right side got an infection is it a considered as a bad luck ??

Aliyah on May 27, 2020:

I'm getting my nose pierced in two weeks

Skylar on May 26, 2020:

I’m getting my nose pierced tomorrow and found this article and it was very helpful!!! I’m not necessarily scared of needles but I do hate them a lot so I’m nervous but this helped ^^

Ruchika on April 26, 2020:

Hey I got my nose pierced a month ago and since then I am getting mix compliments.i really want to get rid of it with min possible scar.kindly help and I will be thankful to you for entire life

alyssa on April 10, 2020:

I'm getting my nose pierced next month and I'm so glad I found your article because now I know what to expect from this so thank you!

Briana on April 01, 2020:

I love this website aready

Nicole on March 27, 2020:

I have a bump on my piercing can I just remove it I don’t want it anymore

BikersGearGermany on March 07, 2020:

Wow! It may helps us. Thanks:)

Rowen on March 07, 2020:

Can I get two piercings at the same time? (I plan on getting a nose ring and septum piercing) Do I have to wait for one to heal before I get the other one?

alexandra on February 22, 2020:

what do you do if you get frequent nose bleeds?

Daph on February 18, 2020:

This is helpful. Thanks

Dylan ambrogio on February 16, 2020:

What do you do if you get HayFever from the pollen in summer and you get a runny nose ...like can it affect your Peircing or cause infection ...especially if it's healing ....I haven't got one but knowing me I get hay fever like all the time haha

Katie on February 05, 2020:

I am 15 and got my nose pierced and it honestly did not hurt, my eyes watered for a few seconds but it didnt hurt. My nose bled a little but but we cleaned around it with an alcohol pad and it felt so much better, i just wish i got it done with a different stud because im stuck with this one for 6 months now, but overall i love it.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on February 01, 2020:

Just reading this made me feel faint, LOL!

macayla on January 13, 2020:

I got my nose pierced 2 days ago and I love it. My nose is very small so I didn't think it would look right but it does and I like it.

Chantelle on January 05, 2020:

I pierced my own nose with a sewing needle and I'm 13 I didn't numb it I clean it with a salt water solution and also cleaned the needle and jewellery with it then did the same with rubbing alcohol I washed my hands a lot then with rubbing alcohol I did it yesterday the pain scale was a 1-10 pushing the needle through was easy but putting in the hoop in was harder and it made the pain 3-10 but it was bearable it was my first piercing except my ears which I have had done since a younge age I purchased my hoop from Amazon and the healing process didn't hurt just they say to avoid makeup but I didnt i did my makeup every day I just put a layer on alcohol in my foundation around my nose and it hasn't been infected and is fully healed and only took 2 months I can change it with out looking and take it out and it feels the same as how u would do for a ear no pain what so ever but when I first pierced it I didn't know much about it so I wasn't sure of the risks but everything went well except when u get a cold but the most painful part I must say for me was putting the jewellery in but it was bare able so if your looking to get ur nose pierced I highly recommend it however sleeping can be a issue but I was extra careful what I did was I made sure to sleep facing the the opposite side to my piercing another thing I did was covered it by putting a sock across my nose and tapping is to my cheeks sounds odd but really works must try

Sydney on December 31, 2019:

I think this is very helpful I read it all thanks so much.

Heaven on December 29, 2019:

I am going to get it done in a few years

Kdawg on December 26, 2019:

lmao MaxineQ be wildin'

Autumn on December 14, 2019:

Is it ok to get a nose piercing with a stuffed nose

Alex on December 07, 2019:

Did your piercing ever cause any problems with job interviews or working in general? Was it seen as unprofessional?

Kubashni on November 11, 2019:

Hi ,is it possible to pierce my nose with a hoop for my first time?

To (:: and MaxineQ (Im Koda) on October 16, 2019:

Maxine, you don't make any sense. How is getting a nose piercing mean you have low self-esteem. That's honestly the most stupid thing I've ever heard. (:: -- I thought it was cool that both of us are getting a nose piercing as soon as we turn 14 lol.

achu on October 06, 2019:

Nose stud suits all types of nose shapes

Arianna on September 30, 2019:

Great acticle and very infromation. So what happens if i take. A shower and i use my face wash and it irrattes it whay do i. Use?

Kenza M on September 27, 2019:

Hi I want to to get a piercing but I do figure skating will that cause a bad reaction when my nose gets cold

Via skize on September 24, 2019:

This is really helpful now my only concern is where to put mine! Thank you

Catherine Berry from Belgrade on September 11, 2019:

You have definitely done your research. I was really impressed with the thoroughness when you explained all of the risk factors when piercing the nose. I never knew there was so much to consider!

Rachel Pearson on July 25, 2019:

As for cleaning the wound, my piercer told me to use Bactine. Thank God I had read up beforehand and knew that was TERRIBLE advice! Bactine kills germs, but it is too harsh on your piercing to allow it to heal properly.

I use a sea salt solution that I mix at home. 1/4 tsp sea salt (I just shake some out. Who am I kidding?) and 8oz warm water. I tear a cotton ball in half and dip half into the salt water. Then I gently insert it into my nostril and leave it there for about 5 minutes. While that's up there, I use a Qtip to clean the outside and then I dip the other half of the cotton ball into the water and lay it on the outside for about 5 minutes.

Before starting this practice, I felt minor tenderness when I flared my nostrils, but after just a couple of times with this new method, I already noticed that there was no tenderness at all!

Kayyy on July 13, 2019:

I use the screw, and it really doesn’t hurt to swap out. For me, it is really easier than a normal stud. It doesn’t fall out when I sleep, or wash my face. But, i do tend to sneeze when I swap rings...

Tessa on June 26, 2019:

Get some hydro colloid acne dots, those would suck up a zit without popping and bothering the piercing.

Anti MaxineQ on June 18, 2019:

Lol MaxineQ cannot spell or write so let’s just ignore their ridiculous comment

(:: on May 29, 2019:

I find it hilarious how many people are saying we get nose piercings because of low self esteem hahaha. Also a lot of people keep saying dose instead of does on here?.. Thanks though, this is great advice as I am getting my nose piercing soon for my fourteenth birthday.

Jeannie on May 29, 2019:

Love your article so informative I have 4 ear piercings and plan on 1 more ear piercing plus redoing my nose had to take mine out for an X-ray thing closed right up ugh. Got 6 tattoos gonna get at least 2 more and I’m a proud grandma. Just wanted to say thank again for all your information very well written .

montana kirvan on May 28, 2019:

if you change from a stud to a ring will it hurt and will the hole close up

Sherin on May 26, 2019:

Thx, this was very helpful I’m hoping to get mine soon and hope that I won’t get killed :). Thx again.

Michael on April 28, 2019:

Side track: You do notice that there are two number 2 and two number 5 right?

So there are 19.

But great post. Always good to read other peoples experiences.

. on April 07, 2019:

Thinking about a nose piercing. And this was helpful. Also, maxineQ, im sorry u r such an idiot that u feel we chose nose piercings cuz of low self asteem. Since u did search this up, probably, what does this say about U?

anonymous on March 19, 2019:

What about makeup? Do I need to worry about that?

Eve on March 04, 2019:

Great advice, particularly on aftercare. I just got mine done and never realized how often I flare my nose just talking. Ouch! I can't wait for the healing process to be done.

Also, I want to point out that the most critical comments so far on this article also happen to be the most poorly written. I can't help but think there is a correlation to be gleaned.

Gabbie on January 30, 2019:

I’m getting mine pierced Saturday, but spring break is in a month or so and one of the points said no swimming during healing process, what are people’s thougts? Will I be fine to swim two months after I get it pierced?

mollievx on January 18, 2019:

I found point number 13, "people will judge you" quite interesting. In my culture, nostril piercings were very common until recently. All our moms and grandmothers have them, but now they are considered kinda old fashioned and uncool. I have developed a sudden urge to keep the tradition alive and hence was looking up some info. This post was useful. Thank you!

Savannah. on January 17, 2019:

I honk people who have nothing but hurtful Abdul disrespectful things to say shouldn’t comment. Self esteem has nothing to do with it it’s about what I want on MY body. I dont need rude remarks that it shows I’m an idiot or I don’t care about myself or that’s it makes me look like a cow. It’s my nose and I like how’ve it looks I’m not an idiot I’m a nurse and I have a very high education. So this isn’t the age of idiots I’m sorry you just can’t except that their are different ways people express their personalities.

anomalous on December 26, 2018:

how long does it take for the piercing to heal

Allie G on December 05, 2018:

so I am a competitive dancer and want to get my nose pierced. I want to get a nostril piercing but I will have to take it out for a maybe around 12 hours for like one day like every month or 2 months will that cause it to close up?

Denise Johnson from Brooklyn on November 28, 2018:

Evidence suggests that the more you are exposed to metal, the more likely you may be to develop an allergy to it. Therefore, the more piercings you have, the higher your risk of developing a problem.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on November 06, 2018:

There is so much information here that is very helpful. Thank you for such a well written article.

Simon on November 01, 2018:

I wish I had read your article before I got it pierced. Good article keep it up

Dee Kings on October 07, 2018:

Thank you for such an informative and interesting article. I want my nostril pierced, and I want to do my research and be completely informed. Assuming things based on my experiences piercing ears (my own and many friends and family over the years) could have caused complications or a bad reaction when having my nostril pierced and then the aftercare.

It seems your article covered most everything. I really learned a lot.

Thanks again.

Debra Roberts from Ohio on September 21, 2018:

What an informative article! I got a delicate nose stud done when I was 45 (now 51). I LOVE it so much. I had my studs custom made in emerald-cut diamond (rose gold) and a bue sapphire (white gold). People tell me it looks so natural on me and compliment how classy the studs look. I was worried about getting it being a nurse and in the public eye, but my manager approved it and no one has ever complained or told me it looks bad. It was VERY painful when I got it done and it hurt for about 5-6 months. I had a terrible time getting comfortable taking it in and out because it was so tender. One day in the shower, my towel caught on the ball (it was the one they pierced it with) and ripped it out of my nose. I about threw up, it hurt like hell. I went to the place where I got it done because I could not get it back in. By the time they could see me, it has already started to close up (yes, that fast, in like 4 hours) and they had to use forceps to get it back in as the angle was messed up; it took about 20 minutes. It was nauseating. Other than that, once everything healed and I grew a pair lol, it's been the easiest thing ever and I love it so much. I would not pierce any other part of my face or body (ears are triple done, but that's it) as I like the simplicity of the single stud. I also think children should not be getting piercings until they are adult and able to make the mature decision, just my two cents. No one knows what they want in their teens and they change their minds like the wind! Anyways, well done!

Katherine Sanger (author) from Texas on August 28, 2018:

It is always best to get a piercing from a professional in a clean, sterile shop.

I'm not a piercer, and I obviously can't give medical advice. That said, DO NOT pierce your own belly button. That is not a spot to mess with on your own. I do know people who have pierced their own noses and been fine, but if you were going to do that, you would need to be extremely careful to not get an infection.

Kim on August 25, 2018:

So what I wanted to talk about is that my family is poor and we'll I want to get my nose pierced and my belly button pierced so I wanted to know how dangerous or safe it is to do it my self

SarK on August 12, 2018:

I just got my nostril pierced yesterday as a birthday present, and it did not hurt hardly at all!! It was like a shot, if that! I started to panic when I got in the chair and I thought I might faint (I have a fear of needles) but I really wanted it done. I am so glad I did it, the little bit of pain is gone already, and it looks so cute!! Definitely recommend!!

Leo girlfriend on August 06, 2018:

I finally changed the earring in my nose to a hoop yeaaa. )however is it normal for nose to be a little sore after? And I have a little bump should I be worried? And it hurts when I move it up and down should I stop

Analiese on August 02, 2018:

I got my nose pierced last night and I absolutely love it! Though the only down side is it hurts a hella lot to yawn and me being a lazy person yawns like a thousand times in a day but other than that I love it so much. This article was very useful, thank you!

Marilyn on July 29, 2018:

I enjoyed reading the advice so much. I'm getting my nose pierced for a second time and I'm 62 years old. After care is explained so clearly that I'm feeling much more confident now.

I had a cork screw nose ring last time and I hatted it. It nearly stuck out the end of my nose...lol. But I trimmed it down for comfort and I ended up loosing it.

Sorry for rambling but I love your videos. Thanks for giving me confidence.

Debbie on July 06, 2018:

I found this article before getting my nostril pierced last night. I found it very helpful and after reading it decided -- at 54 years old -- to do the piercing. I'm over the moon!

Lynn on June 18, 2018:

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.

charlotte on June 01, 2018:

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.

Amy on May 24, 2018:

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

Nina on May 21, 2018:

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.

Susan on April 10, 2018:

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

Ali on March 06, 2018:

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?

Daphne on March 03, 2018:

Hello

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 ?

Rose on February 26, 2018:

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

Julie on February 23, 2018:

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

eliza on January 30, 2018:

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

Liz on January 29, 2018:

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!

tina on January 21, 2018:

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

Casey on January 03, 2018:

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.

charlotte on December 26, 2017:

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!!

Rach on December 24, 2017:

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.

AN on November 29, 2017:

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

Sarah on November 28, 2017:

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

Lm on November 09, 2017:

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?

Nicole K on November 03, 2017:

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!

M.J on October 13, 2017:

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

jenn on September 26, 2017:

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

Kimberly on September 05, 2017:

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??

Clarissa on September 03, 2017:

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...?

Storm on August 26, 2017:

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

Blue on August 21, 2017:

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

Rebekah O on August 14, 2017:

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.

Jake paul on August 14, 2017:

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

Gator on August 13, 2017:

Getting my nose pierced in 40 minutes, wish me luck

TattooFiesta on August 10, 2017:

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

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Soph on July 22, 2017:

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.

Elinor on July 15, 2017:

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.

Anesa on July 11, 2017:

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?

Jay on July 03, 2017:

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!

Miranda on June 29, 2017:

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?

sxxxm on June 09, 2017:

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.

Xx on June 09, 2017:

How to get nose piercing back in quick xx

Nicole on June 02, 2017:

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.

Cara on June 01, 2017:

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

Luis on May 31, 2017:

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!

LyLy on May 28, 2017:

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

Madi on May 26, 2017:

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

Templeton on May 22, 2017:

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