How do I fix an infected nose piercing?
8 tips for treating an infected nose piercing
- Clean the piercing site.
- Apply a topical antibiotic.
- Avoid picking or removing crusts or pus from the infected site.
- Change your jewelry.
- Use a hot compress with soothing oils.
- Rinse the area with soap and water when showering.
Can you treat an infected nose piercing at home?
An infected nose piercing may cause pain, pus, and an abnormal odor at the piercing site. You can use home remedies like a sea salt solution or a warm compress to combat the infection. To prevent infection, don’t use skincare products until the piercing is healed, and avoid swimming.
How do you know when a nose piercing is infected?
Although minor swelling and redness are expected, signs of a more serious infection include:
- an uncomfortable level of pain, throbbing, or burning around the piercing site.
- unusual tenderness at the piercing site.
- an unpleasant odor with green or yellow pus oozing from the piercing site.
What should you not do with a new nose piercing?
To maintain a nose piercing:
- Don’t apply over-the-counter antiseptics, including Neosporin.
- Don’t use hydrogen peroxide — this will cause irritation in the piercing.
- Don’t twist or play with your nose jewelry, as this will irritate the piercing.
- Don’t touch your piercing with dirty hands.
Is my nose piercing infected or just healing?
According to Thompson, the telltale signs of an infection are simple: “The area around the piercing is warm to the touch, you notice extreme redness or red streaks protruding from it, and it has discolored pus, normally with a green or brown tint,” Thompson says.
How long does a nose piercing infection last?
Some inflammation and irritation are common after a nose piercing, but these symptoms should improve within a week. If there is no improvement after 2 weeks, a person should go back to the piercer to seek advice and check that they are giving the piercing the correct aftercare.
How do you shower with a new nose piercing?
Showering: Shower like you normally do; the last thing you will do while in the shower is clean your piercing. Lather up some mild, fragrance free, non-antibacterial soap in your hands and gently wash your piercing. You want enough friction to clean the piercing, but not so much that you cause trauma to it.
Why is my nose ring hole getting bigger?
Might be the jewelry is too heavy. If you regularly wear heavy jewelry, it can weigh down the skin around the piercing and stretch the holes. This last one really has little to no solution: ageing skin loses elasticity and can expand and droop. This mean the holes can get bigger as your body changes.
Will my nose bump go away if I take my piercing out?
Skin changes can occur at the site of piercings. These changes are not always a cause for concern. For example, piercing bumps are harmless and may go away over time. However, keloid scars can continue to get bigger.