We love decorating our bodies and since ancient culture we have experimented with everything in the realm of body art, and we finally stumbled upon body piercings. We all know that of all the different types of body piercings, the one that is the least controversial and the most popular is ear piercing, but on the popularity scale, nose piercing comes a close second. However, like all piercings, the risk of contracting a piercing infection is high.
Many teenagers and adults who are new to piercings, often wonder if the infection caused due to nose piercing is harmful or not and whether it can be cured. Piercing infections are not always harmful. What happens is that people with fresh nose piercings, sometimes get an infection bump, or something like a keloid. These are easy to treat, as one just has to take basic care when it comes to body piercing tips and precautions. The risk of the infection only increases if one uses a metal that they are allergic to, and if one shares their nose jewelry. Also, in rainy season the skin heals at a much slower rate, so avoid getting a piercing during that time. It is advised to avoid using a gun for nose piercing, as the risk of catching a staph infection increases. Take precautionary measures by getting a piercing done by a needle, and preferably wear a gold stud or a nose ring in the first month of the piercing. And as is the rule for ear piercing as well, change the stud only after the piercing wound has completely healed.
Symptoms of the Infection
The symptoms are very similar to many other body piercing infections. A nose piercing takes about 2 to 4 weeks to heal, so within that period a little redness or soreness is common. The infection however, starts with a little redness around the pierced area, followed by swelling, and in some cases, individuals may experience a pus-like discharge. You will also experience pain in the area when you touch your piercing, and in serious cases, bleeding may also occur. Taking care of the infection is pretty simple and you can treat the infection at home itself, however, if it lasts for more than a week, please visit a general physician.
Treatment and Care
As mentioned above, little redness and soreness is common after body piercings, but one has to take care to avoid getting a serious infection. The cure is very simple, to begin with, you need to avoid touching the infected area with dirty hands. Make sure that the stud or the ring is made of a metal that suits your skin. Remove the jewelry if you are allergic to the metal. Keep the piercing clean, apply an antiseptic ointment to the area before sleeping and heading out. Once the pus reduces, move the piercing a little once every week, don't do this too often as you can aggravate the infection. Take care while wiping your face to avoid an accidental tug at your piercing. The use of alcohol-based cleaners and make up around the wound is advised against and try not to remove the scab with your nails. Also, stay away from swimming pool, as the risk of the infection increasing is high. Whatever you do, just remember, regular cleaning of the wound and doing it in a hygienic way will reduce the risk of body piercing infections.
Taking care is simple and it can easily fit in your daily skin care routine. One should be aware of the effects of body piercings, so that you are better prepared to avoid a piercing infection. By simply following this easy infection care routine, you can avoid, or heal your nose piercing infection easily.
Disclaimer: This ThoughtfulTattoos article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.