Why I Should Pierce my Nose
By: Chloe Postel
Nose Ring Cleaning
1. Prepare a Salt Solution
Dissolve ¼ tsp. of non-iodized sea salt in one cup of lukewarm water or buy a saline solution from the chemist.
2. Wash Your Hands
Thoroughly clean your hands with antibacterial soap before you touch your piercing. This will ensure that germs from your hands do not get into the piercing and prevent infection.
3. Soak a Cotton Ball in the Salt Solution
Soak a cotton ball in the solution you have prepared and gently dab it on the piercing for three to four minutes. Remove it with caution just in case it gets caught in the stud or nose ring.
4. Pat the Area Dry
Use a paper towel, clean tissue or a dry cotton ball to dry the area. Avoid towels as they can snag on the stud or ring. They could also be holding bacteria that can cause an infection.
5. Remove Any Crusting
Dip a cotton swab in the salt solution and use it to rub around the ring to remove any crusting. Also, rub it inside the nostril. Crusting tears the skin and can cause the piercing to be inflamed. However, don’t rub your piercing too hard.
Ring After Care
- When the piercing is healing, it is not necessary to move, turn or rotate the stud.
- Eat a healthy diet and sleep early.
- Change and wash your towels and beddings weekly.
- Take shower instead of a bath. If you do want to have a bath, first clean the bath tub as it might be harboring germs.
- Do not use alcohol, Hibiclens liquid, Betadine solution, Dial soap, hydrogen peroxide or other strong chemicals to clean the piercing as they may injure the healing piercing. Ointments are also not advisable as they do not let the piercing breathe.
- Do not use products containing benzalkonium chloride or any ear piercing cleaning solution. They can cause irritation to the nose piercing.
- Do not over-clean, or you may end up irritating the piercing and making it more difficult to heal.
- Avoid too much motion or irritation from clothing. This could lengthen the healing process and leave scars.
- Avoid unwashed hands, rough play or other body fluids coming into contact with the piercing while it is healing.
- Avoid drugs, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and stress.
- Protect the piercing by water proof bandages when soaking in a tub, swimming or diving.
- All beauty products should not come into contact with the piercing, including sprays, lotion and cosmetics.
- Do not hang anything from the nose ring until it has healed completely.
4 to 6 months (both and regular nostril piercings)
6 to 8 weeks (as long as only the sweet spot was pierced)
6 to 9 months
Signs of Healing
What if the ring is infected?
Pain on the area around the nose piercing, swelling and redness are normal on the first day of the piercing. However, they all reduce as your piercing heals. It is even more important to learn how to clean a nose piercing when you get an infection. The symptoms of a nose piercing infection include pain, swelling, bleeding and green or yellow pus with a foul smell. If you have trouble with your piercing, try some of these remedies.
1. Cold Compress
It will relieve the pain and swelling. Wrap ice in a towel or cloth, and then place it in the piercing.
2. Tea Tree Oil
When the piercing gets an inflammation, tea tree oil will help boost the antiseptic capabilities of sea salt soaks. Thoroughly mix 2 teaspoons of carrier oil with 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and apply on the infected area.
3. Aspirin Paste
Aspirin is anti-inflammatory medication and can help heal the piercing without causing additional irritation. Mix a little water with 4 tablets of aspirin and make a paste. Apply it before going to bed.
4. Seek Medical Attention
If the infection is still persistent after a week, visit a dermatologist or general health care provider for help.
- Nose rings are hoops that come in various sizes and are self-clasping.
- Nose studs are similar to earring studs, using a small clasp on the back to hold the jewelry in place.
- Nose screws require no clasp to stay in place. There is a half-circle turn at the bottom of the very short post that is used to literally screw the jewelry into place. Many people prefer nose screws to rings or studs for their comfort, easy insertion and easy cleaning.
How to Sleep with a nose ring in
Things You'll Need
Wear a tiny swatch of hypoallergenic tape over your nose piercing for the first two weeks to help prevent dislodging and infection.
Check your piercing carefully every morning. Some people scratch their noses in their sleep, which may result in dislodging nose piercings. If you notice irritation around your piercing in the morning, or you have dislodged your piercing more than once, wear a piece of hypoallergenic tape over the piercing at night for an added layer of protection.
Sleep either on your back or on the side opposite your piercing. Sleeping on the same side as your piercing may result in it becoming dislodged.