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Nose Piercing Healing Issues

Updated on February 22, 2016
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Raye has many body mods, SFSI training, former CFR-D creds, and a decade-long stint as BellaOnline's body art editor, under her belt.

Healing and Aftercare Advice

This article is for people who already have their noses pierced and think they are having some sort of healing issue or other problem. If you don't have your nose pierced yet, "All About Nose Piercings" has better information for you.

Please note, if you just got your nose pierced, it perfectly normal for it to be red, swollen, tender, and maybe even bleeding a little. I mean, you just got a sharp object shoved through part of your nostril; that sort of reaction is to be expected.

If you are worried that something about the piercing wasn't done right, go back and see your piercer. After all, it's his or her work. If you are really worried you have an infection, go and see a doctor. They are the best at recognizing that sort of thing.

If you are looking for other information, you may find it below. The table of contents below offers shortcuts to specific topics.

Nostril Stud

A simple stud worn in a nostril piercing.  The bead on the outside has to be large enough that it doesn't sink down into the piercing itself.
A simple stud worn in a nostril piercing. The bead on the outside has to be large enough that it doesn't sink down into the piercing itself.

Nose Ring Cleaning

Jewelry and Fit Problems

Here are a whole range of problems that people have with brand new nose piercings that are related to their choice of jewelry. All of these can be avoided if you pick a hoop or ring to start with and make sure it is gold or surgical steel.

Too tight a fit: Many nose studs, especially those from the evil piercing guns, are very short and fit too tightly on the nostril. The initial swelling that follows a piercing can make them sink deeply into the nose, cutting off air to the healing piercing and making it impossible to clean properly. This can add to the chances of forming scar tissue (bumps) or getting an infection.

No backing: I get emails frequently from people who put a backless stud into a nose piercing and then wrote asking for help after the jewelry fell out or was pulled out accidentally. The moral of the story here is that jewelry without a backing often doesn't stay in place. Initially it might, especially if the new piercing is swollen, as that can cause the jewelry to fit very tightly, but once that goes down, backless studs can easily drop out, especially at night when you are asleep.

Black marks: There's really only one situation that causes this, and it's wearing sterling silver in a healing nose. The silver tarnishes (that's the black), and that tarnish rubs into the healing skin, leaving a stain that will be in the skin forever. I believe the only way you'd get rid of this would be to see a dermatologist who might have some method for removing the stained skin, but you'd probably have to give up the piercing to be able to heal the wound from the skin procedure.

How To Change A Nose Ring

Help, My Jewelry Is Disappearing into My Nose!

If you have a brand-new nose piercing, and the jewelry has sunken into it or even one end has vanished inside it, it means you picked a poorly-trained body piercer to do your nose. Sad but true.

Pierced noses swell up, and the size of the piercing channel is not stable. Back when I first started getting pierced in the late 1980s, body piercers seemed to know this. Now, many people doing nose piercings have almost no training, and it's literally hurting the customers.

The jewelry that you start out with for a new pierced nose should not be the smallest you can get.

This is why a reputable piercer will refuse to put in a teeny stud and why ring-style jewelry is really recommended to start. This prevents the jewelry from being pulled inside the piercing. Once your nose has healed (3 months later) then you can re-evaluate the size of the piercing and pick smaller jewelry.

If you have a stud that is disappearing into the piercing, you need to go back to where you got pierced and have them switch the jewelry to be something with a longer post and with a larger outside bead, or better yet, get a proper nose ring.

Changing Corkscrew Jewelry

Bumps, Keloids, and Scarring

If there's one question I get asked more than any other, it's about bumps, keloids, and scar tissue. As the popularity of nose piercing has spread, unfortunately so has the number of piercers who are not correctly trained on how to pierce properly (no ear piercing guns!), fit jewelry (rings really are best to start with), or care for healing noses (many piercers tell people they are just like ears, but they aren't).

What the heck is a keloid, anyway? A keloid is scar tissue that grows beyond the borders of the original wound, creating a bump. These bumps of scar tissues sometimes appear right next to people's nose piercings if there was a lot of trauma during piercing, if the starter jewelry has too tight of a fit, or if they are genetically predisposed to forming keloids. The bumps can start to show right away, or they might suddenly appear days or weeks later. It's not uncommon for them to show up after a snag or following a painful jewelry change.

If it's not a pimple don't pop it!

And if a bump appears next to a new piercing, never assume it's a pimple.

It would seem a lot of teens think that any bump that forms on their faces is meant to be popped. Pimples are pores that are blocked by a build-up of dirt and skin oils. They are frequently red from inflammation, or white as the oils build up into a head. The bumps that form next to nose piercings are very often not pimples, and the best evidence is that they bleed when squeezed.

If this happens, do not ever do it again! Apply some anti-bacterial ointment to the wound. If the bump is still there once the wound heals, start treating it as a keloid, which is the most common form of scar tissue that forms alongside nose piercings, and leave it alone.

How to Recognize an Infection

The tissue trauma of getting a nose piercing causes some redness, tenderness, and swelling, which may not show up until a day or two after the initial piercing. Being sore and a little red after getting a nose piercing is completely normal.

It's when you have all of the following symptoms that you most likely have a problem.

Infections are most-often characterized by:

  • Increasing redness
  • Increasing tenderness and pain
  • Increasing swelling
  • Discharge that is yellowish or greenish in color

To treat an infection, you need to keep the piercing clean (this includes your hands that touch it and the pillowcase you sleep on!) and apply an anti-bacterial treatment (ointment or cream) to kill the infection.

If you think you have an infection, you should really go back to see your piercer again or go see a doctor! I am not a medical professional and cannot tell you for sure if you have an infection or not based on a comment or description!

Nose Piercing Healing Questions and Comments

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      Emily 3 weeks ago

      EMERGENCY!! Haha

      I got my nose pierced five days ago, it is a nose ring that doesn't quite connect. It has the flat end inside my nose. Well that has gone through the whole and the skin has nearly healed inside my nose and I can't push the piercing back through the other way. What the hell do I do?!?!?!?

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      DAWN 4 weeks ago

      I had my nose piercing for two weeks now can i change to a bigger stud?

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      Nicole Roslyn Hansen 6 weeks ago

      Hi i had my nose peirced nearly 3 weeks ago now its a l shape stud do i still have to wear a bandaid when i sleep it has no backing.

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      Baeboo 2 months ago

      So got my nose done the other day and it started to puss like noraml and seem supper red and infected. When my friend looked it the hole theu said it looked like it turning green what does that mean

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      Ki 2 months ago

      I had the sinking stud problem. Not a whole lot of time during the week to go back. I googled breathable fabrics and saw that muslin (wax strips) are breathable and is used in baby clothing to keep baby from over heating. I cut a small disc out of a strip and slid it under my stud to keep it from sinking and still breathable to let it heal. Is this a bad idea? Made sure everything was clean as possible

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      Haley 3 months ago

      All I've ever heard is that you should never put any creams or ointments on a new or irritated piercing. It keep air from getting to the wound.

      And my sister, who's worked in piercing and tattoo shops for years, tells me that people are typically pierced with a stud, and you can't get a ring until it's already healed, because of how much movement comes with rings.

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      Naline Balkissoon 3 months ago

      I woke up this morning can't find the back of the ring. I am wondering if whilst sleeping it goes through my nostril and if it can be dangerous to me

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      Stephanie simmonds 3 months ago

      Hi I got my nose pierced a few months ago and whenever I attempt to take it out it really really hurts when the barb is about to go through the hole is it normal to be painful?

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      angie 3 months ago

      hi. i used to have a nose piercing in 2015. i ended up taking it out due to infection about 7-8 months of having it, and i just yesterday went in to a great trusted shop to get it re done as well as the other nostril freshly pierced. on the one i was getting re done, he decided to re stretch it to proper size with a taper because there was already a small hole still there.

      now its the day after, and the stud seems to be a little sunk into the piercing. not completely, but its definitely deeper than the freshly pierced side.

      I was wondering if thats normal for that situation; maybe its just more swollen because stretching hurt more than the fresh piercing, or if i should go into see the piercer and ask him about it. maybe get the studs changed to a larger size? hes been piercing for 12 years and is an extremely well trained piercer.

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      Princess coopuff 3 months ago

      My nose has been pierced over a month, has always fell out, swollen, red, it also used to be infected, but we treated that. My issue right now is that i sorta popped the keloid i thought it was a pimple of some sort, i even by accident make a second hole in my nose.....but oucky it healed....do you gave any tips, like for keeping the swelling down, and having the nose ring stay?

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      Avo 3 months ago

      Hi, I just got my nose pierced with a gun a few weeks ago. My nose piercing fell out into the sink, and I realised I shouldn't have changed it. I noticed a bump on the inside of my nose surrounding the piercing and I was wondering if I should go and see me doctor? I've been very precise with the aftercare etc

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      February 3 months ago

      Hi, I just got my nose pierced about 4-5 days ago. It was red and it bled occasionally but would dry up and I know that's pretty normal for a new piercing. For some reason last night. I started to feel a raised bump around the piercing when I was cleaning it. This morning I noticed a bunch of tiny bumps that were red and sightly itchy. It also keeps having a bunch of clear/yellow liquid that keeps oozing out. I was really concerned so I went back to the tattoo shop hoping to talk to the guy who did my piercing. Another guy helped me, pulled me to the back room and asked if I had herpes???? Wtf!! No. Not that I'm aware of and I always get checked and I'm also married. lol I'm 99.9% my husband is loyal! And heroes free cause I think I would see that. He told me to go see my dr. I made an appointment but now I'm even more concerned cause I'm feeling really insecure about my nose. Could I possible be allergic to the jewelery that was put in? Maybe a delayed reaction? I forgot to ask the shop. I was kinda dumbfounded by him asking if I had herpes. Lol

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      Tian-Chanay Wrighton 4 months ago

      Hi I got my piercing done 4 weeks ago and 2 weeks ago a tiny red lump showed up next to my piercing. My piercer said it could be a rejection lump but I have had my nose done before and it was fine so then she said it could be something trapped inside it. I've been cleaning it with boiled water as I was told to stop using salt after 3 weeks. I've also been putting savalon on it and the lump is still there. Today I went to the doctors and was given an antibacterial cream but I don't think I have an infection at all, I'm worried this lump is going to scar and I don't know what to do about it.

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      Shelby 4 months ago

      Ive had my nose pierced for a while and I got a keloid and it finally went away. I mean there's still a little mark but the bump is completely gone but its been 2days that my nose hurts and I kind of feel it swollen. Should I worry? Is this bad? Someone help

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      Herbi 4 months ago

      Hi, so I recently pierced my own nose 3 days ago. I followed all the proper sanitary steps while doing so: Disinfecting needle and nose ring, cleaning nose in and out and washed my hands, etc. I don't know if its normal after this amount of time but a crust is forming around it which I have been cleaning with a cotton bud in salt water. There is also a redness around it but I feel like it should have gone down by now, tenderness is also there when I touch around the ring. Just wondering if this is an infection or is normal.

      Thank you.

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      ashley 4 months ago

      I got my nose pierced a little over a month ag0, last week it fell out for the first time and I didnt realize until the morning, I got a new ring, and put it back in the piercing fine, but last night it fell out again at night and when I noticed in the morning I tried to put it in but it wont go through the inside part, would it be bad of me to push it through? is it already closed? the inside of my nose around the hole is also kinda hard, would that make it dangerous to put the ring back in?

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      Nel 5 months ago

      I got my nose pierced about 4 months ago. It's a nostril peircing. I noticed the other day that my septum on the inside is bigger on the side my nose is done. Idk for sure how long it's been like that or if it could be connected to my piercing. It doesn't hurt or have any foul odor so I don't think it's an infection but I'd still like to know what is going on. I have a Dr appointment in a week and a half but I'm curious now

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      haidee 5 months ago

      I got my nose pierced about 5-6 months ago, it's ALWAYS red and swollen kind of. I know it's the piercer's fault (they pierced it with a gun and didn't even clean everything well) so I'm just wondering is there anyway for it to be normal or do I just remove it, let it heal, and then re-pierce it, and if I will re-pierce it when should I do it? how many months after I remove it?

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      Bibi 5 months ago

      I got my nose pierced a little while ago but I don't know what size gauge I got or how big my hoop has to be?

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      Haley 5 months ago

      I got my nose pierced three months ago and everything went well. After a month i got a huge bump right on top of my nose piercing. It continues to grow and develop new bumps under the old ones and I'm not sure what to do anymore besides take it out which I really don't want to do :( I've has this bump for two months now and I've tried different sea salt sprays, the hot compress, and tea tree oil. I went to see the doctor and he said its not infected. I went back to the piercer and he said to keep cleaning it. Nothing seems to work to get rid of this ugly bump. Should I try to change the ring? Any suggestions on what I should do?? I understand that you cannot see the bump but your advice would be greatly appreciated :)

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      Liene 5 months ago

      Hey, I just got my nose pierced a few days ago and it's literally really sore and red. I got it pierced on the left but I read about if you get a nose piercing get on the left it can have issues, but the thing is I only found that out after I had it done. Have you got any tips on how to stop the soreness and redness? I normally use salt water but nothing seems to work.

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      Melanie R 5 months ago

      I got my nose pierced about a month ago, and it still somewhat hurts from time to time when I touch it. It's a titanium stud with a back on the inside, not a J/L-hook or whatever. It wasn't so bad the first 1-2 weeks after I got it done, but more recently than not, I realised that there's a bump around my stud on the outside. I'm kinda clumsy and I bump it a lot, and it gets snagged on my pillowcase almost every night. I asked my sister about it, and she said that it wasn't infected, only scar tissue, which is normal. I believe her, I guess, but I have really bad judgement on whether or not to determine if it's going in the direction of it being infected. I soak it with saline wound wash at least once a day usually after I shower, like I was told, but every so often when I blow my nose, I notice on the outside that there's an almost dried, off-white "crust" kinda thing around my stud. I clean it off with a saline soaked q-tip, but I can't tell if that's constituted as infection discharge or, not to be gross, but like snot from blowing my nose (can that even happen?? blowing your nose and it going through the piercing??). Thank you for any of your help. -Melanie. (oh, and I don't know if this contributes to anything at all, but I only wash my face in the shower with an acne fighting type wash thats like 1-2% sasylic acid, and I don't try to wash directly on the piercing, but I have to wash my nose somehow and I do my best not to wash it directly.)

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      devon 5 months ago

      Hi I got my nose pierced three weeks ago and everything was fine .. i just noticed i got a tiny bump on the side of my nose ring.. its flesh like and looks like some white discharge might be in it . im not sure. It's not infected . what to do ?

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      Emma 5 months ago

      I got my nose pierced two months ago and when I went to change it to a hoop it bled and where the hole is it is puffy and I couldn't get it in and I currently have a stud in but I don't think it's in all the way because there is a bump on the inside too.

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      Beth 5 months ago

      I got my nose pierced about 4 weeks ago. Since then, I've accidentally knocked the piercing out twice, both times I've had to force the stud back through my nose. However, now I think its infected and when I look at the inside hole it looks a lot larger than the outside hole and is bleeding. It's not sore to touch, just when I'm cleaning it its a bit tender. Have I pierced my nose again myself when i've forced the stud back through and made one big hole? What should I do now?! :/

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      Cindy 5 months ago

      HELP ME!!! I have had my nose piercing for 2 years and 7 months and it is now constantly infected!! At first it seemed to go through phases, it was healthy, then it was red and irritated. Now for the last couple of months it has been red, irritated, oozing puss and blood and extremely sore and no matter what I do it is not getting better. I clean it with saline because that's what the piercer told me to use. She said no ointments or anything. I never touch it with dirty hands, I don't play with it. I keep it as clean as humanly possible. I have tried to remove it when it was healthy but I had such a hard time that then it would bleed and be really sore. I don't know what to do. I read that it should not be removed while infected because it can cause an abcess. What should I do?? Should I use an antibiotic ointment? I am just ready to be done with the thing but I can't take it out myself. I've watched videos, I've used tea tree oil, I backed off from cleaning twice a day to only once. I let very hot water run over it every night and morning. I'm just at a loss and don't know what else to try. Please help!

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      Margie 6 months ago

      I got my a hoop nose ring about a month ago and cleaned it regularly with a saline solution. About a week ago I noticed a bump on my nose and yellow crust form around the piercing so I immediately started treating for an infection by mixing boiling water and sea salt and soaking it. The bump is starting to get smaller but now it starts to bleed when i clean it and the hole has gotten larger (from where the bump was) is this a sign of the infection healing or should I be worried about a bigger problem?

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      Rae 6 months ago

      Sorry off the bat, I'm a problem child. I've had my nose pierced for nearly 8 months now so you think it'd be healed. Sadly no I've been troubled with keloids since April (pierced in March) and I've been usingg tea tree every day for the past few months and as it does seem to shrink it never fully ever goes away. I'm getting really tired and sick of it and I'm scared to go to a piercer in case they demand I take it out. I do wear glasses so I don't know if them bumping it constantly causes the keloids but I never feel my piercing nudge. On the very first night i had my piercing done I forgot I had it and caught it on my glasses. It was horrible and painful and if it wasn't for the corkscrew back it would of came right out. I know that probably caused a lot of trama but that was months ago you think it would of recovered. One of my old school friends is a trained piercer and I asked her opinion and she was completely stumped. She wanted me to come in to her studio but sadly it's too far away for me to visit at the minute. Do you have a scooby doo what I can do? . ___.

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      Jorja 7 months ago

      So I just pierced my own nose two, almost three days ago. It was very sterile and painless. I researched for months before hand and got so many mixed opinions and different advise from close friends. I have an after piercing lotion that I got when I pierced my 2nd ear lobe hole and some 70% alcohol from the drug store. Some people say I should use neither, salt water, or antibacterial soap even. I really need help from a professional, I would not like to get it infected. How do I properly clean my nose piercing?

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      jordan 7 months ago

      i got my piercing done a month ago. i woke up and found out my piercing ripped out of my nose. i was able to put it back in and it was fine, but then i noticed this bump was growing next to my piercing. i thought it was a pimple and decided to pop it but it turns out its skin. i don't know exactly what to do. I'm cleaning it like i normally would but should i take the piercing out and let it heal ? or do i just let it be.

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      shaz 7 months ago

      HI, i got my nose pierced 6 weeks ago. as soon as i got it done i felt like the stud was too long. i developed a small bump which has now grown a bit bigger. there is also a bump on the inside. i have cleaned it. used sea salt soaks. today i went back to the piercer and she said i have to keep pushing the bump back. she used alot of pressure to push the bump back using a q tip. but it hurt soo much. she told me to keep doing that and go back to her in a week. i went to seek advice from a piercing shop near by. she told me the bump is because the stud is too long causing damage. she advised me to take it out and she will re pierce it once it healed. (she didnt want to go anywhere near this piercing). i really dnt want to take it out and get it re pierced. i just want the bump to reduce in side so i can change to a smaller stud. what can i do?

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      Raye 7 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Aranxa, what you described to me was you having a series of experiences over the course of several weeks which were nothing but trauma and irritation to an unhealed nose piercing. Repeatedly. While not maintaining a regular, steady care routine. Unfortunately, what you still have is a piercing that may still be unhealed in the center, which may be developing scar tissue on the outside. You have to get an experienced piercer to look at your nose, I can't guess from half a world away, AND you need to realize that healing a piercing is not effortless, it is a deep tissue wound, a puncture, not a scratch on the skin surface. You may have to change your entire lifestyle around the piercing in order to heal it, or it may be better for you to not have a nose piercing. But I can't make that decision for you, anymore than I can stop you trying a rapid succession of healing remedies inconsistently and tell you what is best for your situation. Get genuine medical advice on your nose, develop a gentle care routine based on that advice, and then for three or four months take consistent care of your nose and stop putting it in deliberately traumatic situations that slow down or stop healing.

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      Aranxa 7 months ago

      Hi, I really need some help. I got my nostril pierced almost two months ago (August 9th, 18g, L shape, I believe surgical steel, not sure at this point). About three weeks after, I went swimming (bad idea). I didn't know about bumps at the time, so I popped what I thought was a pimple and started applying tea tree oil. When it got worse and after I did some research, I realized I shouldn't have done any of those things, so I stopped. Ever since, I've been doing hot compresses with saline, sometimes with chamomile tea and for a time I was applying aspirin paste overnight. However, in the time since the bump came up, I had a trip on a cruise (beach, sunblock and sun burn). I tried to care for it the best I could but it was not getting better. Right as my trip ended I got a horrible cold (sneezing, runny nose AF) and three days ago I had to move to France for work. I could never reach my piercer while I was still home, and now I have a big, red, raw looking bump that doesn't seem to get any better; I'm in France, I don't speak French, I don't know where to go. The internet says to leave it alone, do hot compresses, dip it in saline, do tea tree oil, don't do tea tree oil, put antibiotic cream, don't put cream on it, change the jewelry, don't change it... I'm getting a lot of anxiety out of this, please help me.

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      Raye 8 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Tal, adverse reactions do often seem just like an infection, and are as uncomfortable. There's no way to tell the actual metal quality of something as cheaply made as jewelry from Claire's, but large amounts of nickel are often present in bad sterling and it irritates many wearers horribly. Look for jewelry that is surgical-grade stainless steel for a silver look that will be body-compatible for decades.

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      tal 8 months ago

      Hi, I got my nose pierced a few months ago and had no problems with it until I changed it to a hoop which I brought from Claire's it's sterling silver and I keep on getting infections I am wondering if the metal in which it's made of is causing these infections is this possible ? I am planning on changing back to a stud very soon because it's painful even when there appears to be no infection

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      Raye 8 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Arielle, I have no way of knowing the future or if anything will happen to your piercing.

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      Raye 8 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Emma, I can only guess because I can't see your nose myself but most likely yes.

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      Arielle 8 months ago

      I got my new nose piercing 6 weeks ago and the person who did it for me said that after 6 weeks, I can remove the stud and replace it with a new piercing. I got an infection sadly and I went to the doctors and got some antibiotics and cream. The antibiotics are finished but I still have the cream. I changed the stud and replaced it with a new one, it is small. Will anything happen to my nose piercing ? I'm so worried.

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      Raye 9 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Isabelle, the repeated trauma is what is continually causing scar tissue (a keloid), to form. You may need to change to jewelry which can't be pushed into the piercing so much if you can't seem to stop having accidents.

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      Raye 9 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Kelsey, from over the Internet, I can't tell whether you are having an infection or a metal reaction either.

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      Raye 9 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Whisper, my own opinion is that jewelry which can sink into a piercing to the point it feels gone is an issue. Whether you get larger or a different style of jewelry is best decided with an in-person visit to a reputable piercer who can see you piercing and fit something properly.

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      Raye 9 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Rubi, the issue here is not healing your nose, it's whether or not your boss is going to allow your nose ring, and people have to settle these workplace problems for themselves. Suffice to say, nothing you are suggesting, both covering your nose or putting jewelry in and out daily is going to help your nose heal at all.

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      Emma 10 months ago

      I got my nose pierced a few days ago and it seems to be coming out slightly and I have read up to just try and push it back in but it's not going back is it because I haven't got a back on it?

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      Kelsey 10 months ago

      Hi, I got my nostril pierced about a week ago and I've been cleaning it about 2-3 times a day with salt water. Yesterday, I started noticing pain and tenderness in my nose and it is very red on the inside of my nose surrounding the jewelry. The outside looks fine but the inside is bright red and swollen. I'm trying to figure out whether it's an infection or if I'm having a reaction to the jewelry. Any advice would be helpful! Thanks

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      Isabelle 10 months ago

      So I got my nose pierced in February and changed it 3 weeks ago to a 24kt gold stud but then went on an airplane and got a keloid... I'm guessing because I messed with it on the plane and probably got bacteria on it. However, I've been proactive about doing salt water soaks but I think I pushed on my nose stud too hard with the salt water soaks and made my hole bigger and i keep on, by accident, pushing the stud inside through the hole making another keloid (it's like a never ending cycle) and I've been dealing with all this for 3 weeks now. I just put on equate triple antibiotic in hopes to make it heal a little quicker..... Any advice?

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      Rubi 10 months ago

      Hi, I got my nose pierced about 5 days ago. My employer didn't like the idea that I had one despite the fact I putting a bandaid on. We have daily 15 mins meeting before work and about 30 mins before the end of the day. Can I take it out for that time of the meetings and put it back in everyday?

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      Whisper 10 months ago

      I got my nose pierced yesterday and had no pain what so ever. Most times I don't even notice it's there. I was in the shower and I really didn't even remember having the piercing. So for whatever reason I rubbed my nose kinda hard and it instantly felt weird. I felt and the stud was gone after a minute of panicking trying to find it I realized I had pushed it into my nose. It wasn't all the way through and I was able to push it back out. Should I be worried this will cause issues?

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      Raye 12 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Jo, in the end, many people with new nose piercings never have a definitive CSI moment where they are able to figure out exactly what happened to their piercing while they were asleep. Because the nose flexes and jewelry does not, anything from snagging to rubbing or bumping or any adjective you can think of might have happened. The cleanup is annoying but it's also a fact of healing some piercings for some people. You have to try and not sleep on the piercing, which I know sounds impossible, but thinking that a lot before you go to bed really does have a helpful effect the same way telling yourself you will remember your dreams really does work for that to.

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      Jo 12 months ago

      I got my nose pierced two days ago and it's a stud. I know it's not been long but I was rather alarmed to wake up in the middle of the night with blood all over my face, it bled a lot when I got it pierced and it was a similar amount of blood. Could I have possibly bashed my nose when sleeping to cause this or is that normal to happen? I know they take long to heal but I didn't expect it to bleed as much now

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      Raye 12 months ago from Seattle, WA

      Chelsey, if the skin of your face is suddenly peeling in large areas for unknown reasons, you need to go see a doctor immediately.

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