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Nose Piercing Healing Issues

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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.

Nose piercing healing tips and advice.

Nose piercing healing tips and advice.

Nose Piercing 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's 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 their 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.

How Long for a Nose Piercing to Heal?

Of course, every individual person and piercing is different. These are approximations and are influenced by the expertise of the piercer, the type and fit of the jewelry, your aftercare, and other factors described below.


2 to 4 mos.

3 to 4 mos.

5-6 mos.

Piercing Healing Questions and Answers

Below, you'll find answers to the following topics:

  • How to clean your nose ring.
  • What are the best jewelry choices and how each style should fit.
  • What to do if your jewelry is disappearing into the piercing.
  • How to change your nose ring.
  • How to change corkscrew jewelry.
  • Information about bumps, keloids, and scarring.
  • How to recognize an infection.
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.

How to Clean a Nostril Piercing

What You'll Need:

  • Q-Tips and/or cotton balls
  • Saline solution (you can make your own dissolving 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized salt in a cup of hot water)


  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Dip Q-Tip or cotton ball in saline solution and rub it gently and thoroughly all over the outside of your nostril, wiping away any crust that might have formed.
  3. Dip the other side of the Q-Tip into the saline and rub it all over the inside of your nostril where the other side of the jewelry protrudes.

How often?

While you're still healing, clean twice a day, every day.

Video Tutorial

Nose Jewelry and Fit Problems

There 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 surgical steel.

  • Too-tight a fit: Many nose studs—especially those from 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 chance of forming scar tissue (bumps) or getting an infection.
  • No backing: I frequently get emails from people who put a backless stud into a nose piercing and then ask for help after the jewelry falls out or gets pulled out accidentally. The moral of the story here is that jewelry without a back 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 the swelling goes down, backless studs can easily drop out, especially when you are asleep.
  • Black marks: There's really only one situation that causes this, and it's wearing the wrong metal in a healing piercing. The metal oxidizes and that tarnish rubs into the healing skin, leaving a black or grey stain that could be permanent. The only way you can get rid of this is to see a dermatologist who'd use a laser treatment to lighten the stain, but you'd probably have to give up the piercing to be able to heal the wound.

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 newly 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.

What's the best jewelry to start with?

This is why for a nostril piercing, a ring made of surgical steel is best.

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.

Why does a keloid bump form on a nose piercing?

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.

Changing Corkscrew Jewelry

Pimple? Do Not Pop!

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 antibacterial 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.

What if my nostril piercing is still bleeding, months later?

Blood is not a sign of infection, but it's a clear sign you're not done healing yet. Maybe you changed the jewelry recently, or perhaps it got bumped or caught on something. For whatever reason, if you see blood, you'll need to go back to your original jewelry and twice-a-day cleaning routine until it's healed up.

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.

© 2010 Raye

Nose Piercing Healing Questions and Comments

shatarupa on May 28, 2020:

I had my piercing with a 18gauge needle and inserted a nosehoop which is probably 22-24gauge. Though no such issues of infection or tenderness but now I am worried about my piercing hole getting small. Would I be able to wear a much thicker nose stud at least for say 18-20 gauge?

Haley on May 24, 2020:

I’ve had my nose piercing for 2 months now and it still hurts putting it in and taking it out is that normal ?

Meera Jaglal on April 08, 2020:

My nose has been pierce for about 2 years now an are couple days now it's red swell an bleeding pain at all

Ree on February 20, 2020:

I got my nose pierced 5 days ago the swelling has gone down no redness no tenderness really not been bumped or knocked but every time I remove the hard blood from around the jewellery it states to bleed again is this normal there’s definitely no infection I just don’t understand why it’s still bleeding

Gayatree Dutta on February 03, 2020:

I got my piercing on the 4th of January, and it is currently one month of piercing it's not healing. Whenever I tried to clean the wound, it keep bleeding. I got a bump also but it's gone now. But bleeding isn't stopped yet. Please I need your help.

carlina on January 26, 2020:

how long should a new nostril piercing be swollen and red?

anna on January 25, 2020:

if I get a nose piercing and have dr. perscripe an antibiotic at that time, will it prevent swelling at the beginning stage of a piercing?

Brittany on January 05, 2020:

So I got my piercing on the 16th of November, and it is currently the 5th of January. My nose has healed almost all the way, and I have a bump. I'm fourteen and have acne so I assumed it was a pimple. I poked at it wanting it to be gone. It scabbed over and then about a day later my cat scratched my nose. It bled quite a bit. Can this lead to infection? I have cleaned it with a sterile spray. (It was the one recommended by my piercer.)

Brooke on January 03, 2020:

I’ve had my nose pierced a little over a year and my bump inside my nose won’t go away. Pretty sure it’s a keloid because they run in my family:/

isabella on December 07, 2019:

i got my nose pierced around a month ago and my stud fell out a week ago and i could get it back in so i went back to the piercing shop and they put a ring in but now my nose has skin overlapping it that is red and lumpy and when i rip it off it keeps coming back what do i do ?

Rae on December 06, 2019:

Tea tree oil for bumps inside nose just a little bit not a lot to much can cause irritation

Jade on November 12, 2019:

So i got my nose pierced almost 6 months ago and the skin around it is tighting up to where i cant move it that much i always clean it and take good care of it but why is it doing that

Heavenly on September 18, 2019:

I got my nose pierced a little over a month ago. And changed the cork to a nose bone after about a week. After I couldn’t get the cork back in. Then now my nose around the piercing swells some days when I wake up. What’s going on? Its happen a couple times..

seb on September 09, 2019:

i got a nose piercing about a month ago and it feels/looks fine, it just bleeds everytime i clean it. there's basically always dry blood on it.

Saule on September 09, 2019:

Hello, is it normal fir nostrol piercing to hurt and get infrcted when you have a cold (feaver) or if you are ill?

Gabi on September 01, 2019:

For how long can I keep a sinking nose piercing before changing it?

Jaide on August 28, 2019:

I’ve had my peircing for over 2 years and it seems to not have healed. It gets dry and flaky often. With a bit of redness. If I take it out at all it closes up immediately.. i also have a bump inside my nostril by the hole.

please help thanks

Kristy on August 21, 2019:

I got my piercing just 3 hours ago and it’s hurting a lot now . Is it ok to take painkillers??

Momo on August 19, 2019:

Mines keeps sinking

Angel on August 16, 2019:

Can someone tell me how i can heal this nose ring bump its kinda red , swelling and a little yellow inside i need to know how to heal it and what could the bump be?

Greyce on August 13, 2019:

Ive had my nose piereced for a little over 3 months or so and my skin around the piercing is still a little red, is that normal?

Chloe Howard on June 19, 2019:

Got my nose pierced week ago white / yellow bump sore to move what does that mean

Mari on May 30, 2019:

I got my piercing 6 days ago and it’s very swollen, super tender by my nostril, and it burns really bad every time I breathe out through my nose. Do I have an infection?

Tray on May 03, 2019:

I got my nose piercing back in november and for whatever reason it doesn’t seem like it’s healed i’ve had the same stud in since I got it cause I didn’t want to risk infection but last week idk why but my piercing seemed to get stuck like my hole is closing around it so I took it out to change to a hoop and now it’s a red bum where the hole is idk what to do

Bradley on April 30, 2019:

I’ve had my nosie done for a while and the one side still hurt what should I do

Mandy on April 20, 2019:

My nose piercing is two weeks old, swollen on and off my piercer suggested ice but no longer than two days. How long is swelling normal??

Sandy on April 08, 2019:

I just got a piercing 6 days ago and i noticed that there was a white bump. what could that possibly mean?

crowley on March 30, 2019:

hey i got my peircing about 3 weeks ago and i just noticed a bump on one side of my hole they told me i might have some swelling but i dont think it was there at first? its not red or oozing i was wondering if this is normal or a POSSIBLE infection

Jade on March 13, 2019:

Hi my name is Jade Olvera and I got my piercing 7 months ago and it hurts and i also have no idea what to do so if you could please help me understand what is going on it would be great. Thank You.

madhurima on March 09, 2019:

hi, i pierced my left nostril last year in a bit lower position than it should be, i still couldn't change my nose screw alone,and needed help to do still hurts badly and i see that there is a little swelling around. Also, the doctor who pierced my nose, pierced it in a tilted way, i don't know what to to do, please help.

Eva on February 05, 2019:

Hi my nose was pierced almost three months ago. Its raw sore and won't heal I've tried so much. Please help

Amber on January 20, 2019:

Hi, I got my nose pierced a month ago and I was able to change the ring about a week ago and then two night ago I got two new hoops for my nose and I tried to put it in and now my nose hole hurts and it feels like the second layer of my piercing is closing.... How do I fix it?? It hurts to now change my rings.. Please help

Adriana on November 11, 2018:

Just 2 nights ago my pup accidentally ripped out my nose ring she got to excited it fell out and I was bleeding it hurt so bad and this is my first time ever having my nose pierced I couldn’t find my stud that I first had when I got it pierced so I went and got a new one so the hole wouldn’t close I heard about the Corkscrew And how it doesn’t come out easily so I got that I put in the corkscrew ring I was bleeding a little bit but now it’s painful and I’m just really worried about my piercing idk if it’s anither healing process or what but I would please like some help and information please

YFalduti on October 15, 2018:


I have a nose perching I got 3 years and 4 months ago.

I recently changed to a ring a month ago and I’m having problems with sensitivity.

Why is this and what can I do about it.

I spray salt spray on it often.

I’m worried I have scar tissue now. Really and pissed as I waited so long and my piercing was fine.

Bianna on September 28, 2018:

Hello, I got my piercing late January this year and I've had a backless stud for all these months. I've had complications of it constantly being pulled out, so I've figured the healing might take longer than expected. I've just got it replaced with a ring, but now it's hurting and swelling a lot. Help?

Dylan on September 09, 2018:

I have a nose piercing on both side and have two studs in . one side is alright I have had one for like one year and a half and that’s fine but the other side has that same stud but I can’t get it out without it being painful mind you I have had that other stud in for like 3-4 months what do I do ? Should it of heal now and if it hasn’t what is happening like there is no redness or swelling it just hurts like hell every time I try to pull it out and I haven’t pulled it or played with it in the healing time so idk what’s happening what should it be ?

Britni on August 27, 2018:

Hi, I got my nose pierced a month ago and I was able to change the ring about a week ago and then two night ago I got two new hoops for my nose and I tried to put it in and now my nose hole hurts and it feels like the second layer of my piercing is closing.... How do I fix it?? It hurts to now change my rings.. Please help

Dark soul on May 31, 2018:

My pirceing came lose what do I do

Nat on March 29, 2018:

Most piercers do not let you start off with a ring, you are supposed to start off with a stud to avoid infection.

Sherryann shankar on March 14, 2018:

Pierced my nose one year now and has not heal as yeu

Pam on March 12, 2018:

Hi I got my nose piercing 4 months ago and it has a bump it’s just gone and back again i don’t think so it’s infection what can I do now thanx

divi on March 07, 2018:

I have a infection on my nose ..the small bump is created n swelling plz give me precautions to take

Tamika on February 27, 2018:

My nose has been pierced for at least 2 yrs so I thought it would be ok to leave it out for a work mtg then I forgot about it until that night and I couldn't get it all the way in. I pushed for a half hour and got it almost in but would not come out the inside. Next day I have piercer get it in but now the hole is huge. Will it shrink? Also, it is a little dark. Was really dark the 1st day and hard, but that part peeled off.

Legend on January 01, 2018:

Ok, so I've had my nose pierced for close to a year now.It has healed rather nicely but the problem I'm having it it's still a little tender when I try to take it out or put it back in.I've looked in my nose no bumps or anything so what I'm saying is do they make longer nose studs that would stop all the tenderness

Shania H on December 31, 2017:

OK. So, I've had my nose pierced for like 3 days and the stud won't completely go inside. It's like I'll push it in and it'll pop out. Also, my nose was pierced by a gun. Please help I don't want it to close up completely.

Anza on December 12, 2017:

I got my nose pierced 5 days ago and my jewellery has sunken into my skin, I’ve applied salt water and some coconut oil to move it up and reduce the swelling, but it doesn’t seem like it has healed too much, please help!! I’m freaking out!!

Christina Miller on December 06, 2017:

I pulled my nose ring out by accident and I can’t get it all in , why? It’s swelled up and hurts . Part of the stud is still out, help

Samantha on November 26, 2017:

I have a question ....... so i had my nose peirced for like 2 months and had a bump inside my nose and had to take it off cause it got infected and it just healed now and i wanted to know if i can repeirce it again in the same side it got infected??...

Bri on November 21, 2017:

I got my nose pierced 4 months ago I got the half ring bull thing built its not in the middle its the side peircing and I have developed the keloid thing and today I was stupid and decided to try to pop it but now it hurts really bad to flare my nose and it just hurts period

mi902 on November 09, 2017:

Hi I just pierced my nose yesterday and put in a surgical steel nose ring. I cleaned it with steam towel and salt & water soak last night and again this morning. but at some point the nose ring opening (the tiny cut in the steel) moved into my piercing. I tried to turn the ring around for a long time without pressing too hard (so that it doesnt bend and dislocate to make it worse) but it wont move at all. And I am worried i dont know what to do. Some people say push it and others are saying leave it as it is and try moving it after its less tender. But my main concern is that the ring opening may cause issues with healing if it stays inside the piercing. I wouldnt be bothered with moving it so early if it wasnt in the position it is now. What should i do? Wait longer?

Ann on November 09, 2017:

I was wondering is it normal for your nose piercing to be pierced diagonal instead of straight through?

Cassandra McKnight on November 03, 2017:

I've had my nose pierced for a month and a half now, they said it was fine to change my piercing two weeks after I got it pierced as long as it wasn't hurting, so I changed it. Flash forward I go to change that on a few weeks ago, last night I changed it again, and it didn't want to come out, when I finally got it out I put the new one in but it didn't want to go in, when I got it in their was a what looked like skin stuck to the piercing that had already gone through. What dose that mean, and now it hurts and I'm cleaning it like normal, and there's a little crust forming near the piercing, what dose that mean, and how can I get it to stop hurting?

Gabi on November 01, 2017:

I got my piercing two days ago, and my safety glasses keep pulling on it and causing a lot of pain. I have to wear them for class.

Majolie on October 12, 2017:

Need help cuz my nose piercing is developing a puss n purse

Even red n becoming swollen, really don't wanna remove the ring

Bre on September 12, 2017:

I got my nose pierced 3 days ago. The first 2 days were good, no problems. But I woke up today and there was crust surrounding my nose piercing and it was sinking in. When I try to lift the stud there's blood and it seems like the original hole is expanding. I don't know what to do or if this is normal. Btw I got it pierced with a gun.

Lola on September 08, 2017:

I don't like the placing of my nose peircing and I took it out today (the day after I got it done). How long do I have to wait until I can get it re-pierced in the right place?

Farah Ali on September 08, 2017:

I have had my nose pierced just over a year now. And up to now it hasn't healed. It's just gotten infection after infection and still has. A reoccurring bump that has a little bit of pus and it'll take a couple week to go down and with the littlest bit of a itchy nose (allergies) or if I get sick ( which I have been recently) it comes back up. And I love this nose ring so much, I just can't give up on it! Help

Odelly on August 21, 2017:

I have 4 months with my nose piercing and every time I put it back in it always hurts but there's no liquid it just hurts. It's also not red. There's moments where it's feels tight and moments where it feels lose. I just want to know if it's normal for it to still hurt every time I put it in.

Asfia nasreen on August 21, 2017:

How to heal the painful pierced nose with copper ring.

Melanie on August 18, 2017:

my piercing didnt go all the way through my nose bc the stud was too small, length wise, so i just left it there. I have a bump on the last layer of my piercing now, I can't see much of it other than feel a bump from picking the wall of my nose where the piercing should've went through. can i push the needle through the bump and put a longer stud? Or should I let it heal, THEN do it. Don't tell me to go to the doctor too, I'm stubborn. someone tell me!!!

Kaycee on July 22, 2017:

I just got my nose pierced and for jewlery I got a nose bone. I'm afraid that when it fully heals the nose bone won't come out. I have had it done for 3 weeks. Would it be okay if I took it out and put a ring style jewlery in?

Ashe on June 29, 2017:

I got my nose pierced with a stud and the guy gave me the smallest one. But the place is said to have a really good reputation and was voted best in the entire town. The issue that it may be infected or sinking didn't present itself until a month after the initial pierce. Is it a problem that it didn't show up until now?

Brittany on June 28, 2017:

Help please, I've had my nose pierced for about 6 months, but I've been trying to take out the nose stub to change it recently but every time the nose stub starts pulling out some white liquid will come out as well around the piercing. I don't know if it's infected or not because I feel no soreness and it isn't red either. I have had a few instances were I'll accidentally pull out the nose stud while sleeping or doing something, I don't know if this could also be the cause.

Ayesha on June 27, 2017:

Got my nose pierced about six hours ago. The back is a corkscrew. I got a diamond, in a bezel on top. It is coming up at the pierce site. Is it ok? My artist shop is closed now. I thinking its better up than disappearing inside.

Jennifer on June 14, 2017:

It's been 6 weeks of my nose piercing. Noticed a bump next to the piercing. I've been doing salt soaks and it looks like it's disappearing but it bleeds a little. Notice when I soak it white pus comes to the surface. I clean it and than add a little tea tree oil. Am I doing the right thing?

Paulette on June 06, 2017:

I took the stud out of my nose several months ago . The hole still hasn't fully healed on the outside . Any suggestions?

Mrs Desiree Jones-Holmes on June 06, 2017:

I got my nose pierced a month ago And it's still sore how much longer until it's fully healed

Prasanna on May 24, 2017:

Hi could you help me.

I had my nose piercing 8 months ago. The piercer pierced my nose a little bit higher. And now I have got swelling when I removed and rewore it. Does this affect my nerves? I mean y am i getting swelling?


logan bjorson on May 22, 2017:


I just got my nose pierced two days ago and it looks like the nose ring is kinda sinking into the hole and I'm not sure if i should go back and have them change it to a bigger stud or what to do or if its just doing that because its swollen since i just got it done

Charlotte on May 22, 2017:

Hi I had my nose pierced on the 9th of April so well over a month ago. I had the new gun to peirce it with as the piercer said that's what they use now so I said ok. My nose has a large lump inside and it's quiet painful what could this be? I'v been back to the shop today but it was closed I have 3 children and very busy as u can imagine so need to see if anyone knows what it is xx

Zara on May 18, 2017:

Hi I got my nose price for frist time and went to the were 3 of my aunty and mother law went got there done I had done for 3 weeks now and I fell like it come froud and not sit right dose that me it going in side my nose couse it not sore and I cleaning it still

Emily on May 04, 2017:


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?!?!?!?

DAWN on April 26, 2017:

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

Nicole Roslyn Hansen on April 13, 2017:

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.

Baeboo on March 26, 2017:

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

Ki on March 08, 2017:

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

Haley on February 20, 2017:

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.

Naline Balkissoon on February 19, 2017:

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

Stephanie simmonds on February 19, 2017:

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?

angie on February 14, 2017:

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.

Princess coopuff on February 06, 2017:

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 you gave any tips, like for keeping the swelling down, and having the nose ring stay?

Avo on February 04, 2017:

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

February on February 03, 2017:

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

Tian-Chanay Wrighton on January 16, 2017:

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.

Shelby on January 12, 2017:

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

Herbi on January 02, 2017:

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.

ashley on January 01, 2017:

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?

Nel on December 20, 2016:

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

haidee on December 20, 2016:

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?

Bibi on December 15, 2016:

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?

Haley on December 13, 2016:

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 :)

Liene on December 11, 2016:

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.

Melanie R on December 10, 2016:

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.)

devon on December 10, 2016:

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 ?

Emma on December 07, 2016:

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.

Beth on December 06, 2016:

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?! :/

Cindy on December 01, 2016:

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!

Margie on November 07, 2016:

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?

Rae on November 04, 2016:

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? . ___.

Jorja on October 18, 2016:

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?