Nose Piercing: Risks, Aftercare, and Safety

Nose piercing is a popular form of body modification that involves piercing a hole through the nose tissue and inserting a piece of jewelry. Nose piercings can be placed in a variety of locations, including the nostril, septum, and bridge of the nose.

Risks of nose piercing

Nose piercing is generally safe, but there are some potential risks, including:

  • Infection: This is the most common complication of nose piercing. Infections can be caused by bacteria that enter the piercing site during the piercing procedure or aftercare. Infections can be treated with antibiotics, but they can also lead to other complications, such as scarring.
  • Allergic reaction: Some people may be allergic to the metal used in nose jewelry. Allergic reactions can cause redness, itching, and swelling at the piercing site. In severe cases, allergic reactions can lead to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition.
  • Keloids: Keloids are raised scars that can form at the piercing site. Keloids are more common in people with dark skin.
  • Nerve damage: There is a small risk of nerve damage during the piercing procedure. Nerve damage can cause numbness, tingling, or pain in the nose.
  • Problems with jewelry: Nose jewelry can become loose, embedded in the skin, or even swallowed. It is important to choose nose jewelry that is the correct size and material for your piercing.

Nose piercing aftercare

It is important to follow proper aftercare instructions to reduce the risk of complications. Aftercare instructions will vary depending on the location of your piercing and the type of jewelry you are wearing. However, some general aftercare tips include:

  • Clean your piercing twice a day with a saline solution.
  • Avoid touching your piercing with your hands unless you have washed them thoroughly.
  • Avoid using harsh soaps, lotions, or creams on your piercing.
  • Avoid swimming, bathing in hot tubs, or using saunas until your piercing is fully healed.
  • See your piercer regularly to have your piercing checked and cleaned.

Nose piercing safety

To reduce the risk of complications, it is important to have your nose pierced by a qualified professional. A qualified piercer will use sterile equipment and follow proper piercing procedures.

You should also ask your piercer about the risks and aftercare instructions for your specific piercing.

Here are some additional safety tips:

  • Make sure the piercing studio is clean and well-maintained.
  • Ask to see the piercer’s sterilization procedures.
  • Choose nose jewelry that is made of a hypoallergenic metal, such as titanium or surgical steel.
  • Avoid using piercing guns. Piercing guns can damage the tissue and increase the risk of infection.

If you have any questions or concerns about nose piercing, be sure to talk to your doctor or a qualified piercer.