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?
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.
Updated on May 4, 2019
By Katherine Sanger