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Nose Piercing Care, Aftercare and Healing

During nose piercing healing, proper care should be taken to avoid irritation and infection; otherwise, the healing process may be delayed. This article will share with you various pierced nose aftercare tips including how to properly clean a new piercing and keep your body in optimal health for quick healing of the piercing without any complications. We’ll also share some tips on handling an infected nose piercing in case it happens.

Nose Piercing Healing

Nose Piercing Care, Aftercare and Healing - Cleaning Nose Piercing
Cleaning a piercing on the nose

Nose piercing healing time is relatively longer compared to other body piercings such as navel piercing and ear piercing. This is due to the fact that the nose is mainly comprised of cartilaginous tissues as opposed to fleshy or fatty tissues. In addition, the nose naturally harbors lots of bacteria and if proper care is not taken, infections are very likely.

Nose piercing healing time is about 2 to 4 months. This is the time it takes for the piercing to heal completely. But any obvious effects of piercing such as pain, tenderness, and redness will typically clear in 10 to 15 days especially if proper  piercing care is taken.

Cleaning Nose Piercings

Cleaning is important to minimize the risk of infection and ensure smooth healing. It is indeed one of the most important newly pierced nose aftercare measures. Here is how to clean the nose piercing:

  • Ensure that your hands are clean
  • Lather up a drop or two of fragrance-free anti-bacterial soap and use it to clean the area around the piercing gently for not more than half a minute before rinsing with a cotton ball soaked in warm water.
  • Soak a small cotton ball into a saline solution prepared by dissolving one teaspoon of sea salt into a glass of warm water and use it to clean the piercing area gently but thoroughly on both the inside and outside.  Repeat this for five minutes two to three times daily until the wound has healed.
  • Rinse with some warm water to get rid of any residue and finally pat dry with a clean paper tissue; avoid using ordinary cloth towel as this often harbors bacteria and skin cells that could lead to infections.

Cleaning the nose piercing and Extra tips

  • Avoid over-cleaning the  piercing as this can irritate it and delay the healing process. Cleaning should ideally be done 2-3 times per day.
  • Avoid picking at the crust or on any scab formed as dirty fingernails can lead to infections.
  • Avoid using Betadine, Dial, alcohol, Hibiciens, Methylated spirits, and hydrogen peroxide since these can damage the delicate tissues leading to formation of scars. Ointments e.g. Vaseline also block the piercing, preventing air circulation and this can as well slow down the healing process or even lead to infections.

How to Take Care of a Nose Piercing or Nose Piercing Aftercare

Nose Piercing Care, Aftercare and Healing
Always wash your hands

A piercing on the nose is a cool and fashionable way to express your personality. However piercing on your nose are susceptible to infections due to the slow healing process associated with piercings on the cartilaginous tissues of the nose and because of the naturally large number of bacteria in the nose.

It is thus vital to take proper aftercare for new piercings and nose professional piercers will provide you with vital information on caring for piercing on your nose. Here are some important aftercare tips that you must closely observe to ensure a complications-free healing process for your piercing:

  • Leave the piercing intact for at least 4 weeks: Don’t change the jewelry until it is at least 4 weeks old. After that it will probably have healed and you will most likely be able to change the jewelry (stud, ring, or screw) without a problem. It is still advisable to listen to your body as you attempt to change the piercing; sharp pain may be an indication that it is not yet time to change the jewelry.

Even then, you shouldn’t remove the jewelry completely until it is about 4 months; otherwise the piercing can close up very fast. According to piercing experts, a piercing on your nosecan close up completely within 24 hours in the first 4 weeks. If your nose piercing jewelry falls out and you can’t fit it back in, see the piercer who pierced it as soon as possible.

Clean your nose piercing every day

This is perhaps the most important piercing on your nose care measure as it helps to avoid infections and ensure a smooth healing process. See cleaning instructions in the “cleaning a pierced nose” section above.

Clean Your Hands Before Touching Pierced Area

Make sure that your hands are clean before touching the piercing. Ideally you should wash it with antibacterial soap before touching the piercing to minimize chances of infections. Even then, you should keep touching of the piercing area very minimal.

Nose Piercing Care, Aftercare and Healing - How to Care for Nose Piercing
Caring for a nasal piercing

Keep the piercing area free of cosmetics

Take care not to get any lotions, makeup or facial cleaning products in your piercing during the healing phase. Should that happen, wash the product off gently with some warm saline water.

Avoid trauma

Avoid tugging the jewelry and friction from clothing. Also be gentle when cleaning the piercing as trauma on the piercing can lead to formation of scars and extended healing time.

Avoid smoking, alcohol and stress

Stress, alcohol use, smoking and excessive use of caffeinated substances can slow down the healing process.

Avoid submerging the nose piercing in Water

Avoid submerging the nose piercing in lakes, swimming pools and hot tubs during the healing phase to avoid infections and instead use showers. Otherwise, use a water-proof wound-sealant bandage e.g. 3M Nexcare Clean Seals. You can obtain one from your local drugstore.

Avoid hanging any object

Avoid hanging any object e.g. charms on the nose ring until the piercing on the nose has completely healed.

Avoid sleeping on your nasal piercing

 as this can tug the piercing leading to formation of scars

Change the pillowcase every night

During the healing phase since bacteria, oil and dirt from your facial skin and hair can build up on the pillowcase posing a risk of infection to the piercing on your nose. Another trick is to wrap the pillowcase around a clean t-shirt and turn the t-shirt every night. That way, one clean t-shirt will cater for four nights.

Follow these aftercare measures to ensure quick healing quick healing time.

Infected Nose Piercing Care

Some signs of infection on a pierced nose include swelling and excessive pain and redness, excessive heat and production of yellow or green pus. Using a hot compress (cotton wool soaked in how, saline water for 5 to 10 minutes twice a day) after normal cleaning of a pierced nose and taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics can help.

However, if you are taking nay other medications or have any health conditions, you should consider talking to your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication.  You should also seek the attention of the doctor if the symptoms don’t seem to go away even with medication.

That’s what nose piercing care is all about. Now go out and take good aftercare of that new piercing and you will be ready to make a fashion statement and express your personality sooner rather than later.

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