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Septum Piercing: Pain, Dangers, and Aftercare

What is Septum Piercing?

Your nasal septum is the skin that separates your nostrils. This thin wall of cartilage runs down the center of your nose. Piercing this area does not mean that the piercer makes a hole in your nasal septum. In fact, the piercing is done in the soft tissue just below, in a place often referred to as the "sweet spot.”

Another commonly used name for this type of nose piercing is bull piercing. If you have ever seen a rings in the nose of a bull, you will know exactly how septum piercing got this name.

Risks and Dangers of Septum Piercing

Should you or should you not get your septum pierced? This is the first question that you need to ask before actually making an appointment at a piercing studio. The answer depends on whether you are aware of the dangers and risks that come from getting your septum pierced and are committed to caring for it.

  • Any kind of body piercing poses the risk of pain and/or infection. Pain will vary from person to person. Most people report feeling manageable pain. Excessive pain may mean that there is something wrong with the piercing or you may just have a very pain threshold. In short, don't expect zero pain. You will feel pain but it is quite manageable. If you see tears in the eyes of someone getting their nasal cartilage pierced, it may not necessarily be due to pain. When your nose is pierced, your nervous system responds by involuntarily secreting tears. It's a natural response that may even occur when the person does not feel much pain. So, no need to run away!
  • The danger of infection is higher in the case of a nose piercing because of the constant presence of bacteria in the nose. If you are prone to sinus infections or severe allergies, think carefully before getting one. Don’t get your nose pierced if you are sick of suffering from allergies. Colds make your septum piercing quite uncomfortable, will increase chances of infection, and delay the healing process.

How to Prepare for Your Piercing

The first thing to do is to choose your piercer carefully. There is no special body piercer for getting your septum pierced; any qualified and experienced body piercer can do this for you.

  • Make sure they are experienced and knowledgeable. A professional piercer should be able to provide you with all of the advice you need. Ask as many questions as you want about the whole procedure and the problems that may arise. Go for a piercing studio that comes with good references.
  • Find out about the jewelry they will be using. Generally, 16-gauge jewelry is used. If you are satisfied with the professional, it is time to get it done!

The Piercing Procedure

  • The professional will clean the area, which includes trimming your nose hairs. The area will be cleaned with an antiseptic to remove germs and prevent infection.
  • They may clamp the septum to numb the area and reduce pain.
  • The needle will then be inserted just below the nasal cartilage. You will feel slight pain during this process. Of course, your eyes will water.
  • The clamp will then be removed and a piece of jewelry will be inserted. There will be a little bit of blood but there's no need to be alarmed.

Caring for Your Pierced Septum

Nose piercings take longer to heal than some others because of the presence of bacteria. Good aftercare for the piercing is very important for the healing process.

  • Clean the area with sea salt mixed in warm water twice a day (see recipe below). Just soak a cotton ball in the solution and place it on the area. Repeat for about five minutes. You can do this in the morning and at night before going to bed.
  • You will notice the formation of crusts. Make sure to remove them with the salt water solution or with a gentle, anti-bacterial soap solution. Move it around a little to clean the area properly. Once you have cleaned the area, check to see if there is any soapy residue. If there is, remove it with a soft towel.
  • The initial swelling may make your piercing look slightly slanted. The slant should disappear once the swelling subsides. Some people get quite worried about this and touch it or apply undue pressure. While it is fine to apply a little bit of pressure once the swelling subsides, don't do it if it is painful. Also, by constantly touching the area with your hands, you are increasing the risk of infection. Keep your hands away!
  • Don't overdo with the washing! Yes, too much washing will only leave the area excessively dry and irritate the piercing. The idea is to keep the area clean to prevent infection and promote healing.
  • Avoid getting any lotion or cream in the area. While applying your usual moisturizer or facial product, avoid touching the piercing.
  • Treat any respiratory allergy or illness promptly. Don't worry; it won't lead to any serious damage. However, it can be extremely uncomfortable with a new piercing.
  • The piercing may take anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks to heal completely. However, you can safely remove your piercing and try out a new piece of jewelry after about a month. You can safely remove it yourself.

Making Cleaning Solution

To make your own salt water cleaning solution, follow this recipe:

  1. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one pint (16 oz.) of warm distilled or bottled water.
  2. Boil and allow to cool down.
  3. Pour into a bowl.

Dealing with Pain and Infection

Any secretion of white fluid around your septum piercing is quite normal. You just need to clean it up with soap and/or salt water solution. A yellow or green fluid, however, or excessive bleeding that refuses to stop, may be a sign of an infection. Increased pain may also be a sign that something is wrong. Call your piercer for initial advice and then consult your doctor, who may prescribe antibiotics.

Septum Piercing Jewelry

If you want to keep your piercing hidden while at school or work, choose a circular barbell, which can be flipped up out of sight. Jewelry should also not affect your ability to breathe. If the size of the barbell is too large for your nose, it will cause discomfort and breathing difficulty.

You may want to use a septum retainer after your piercing, since it won't cause any interference in your breathing. The septum retainer is made of stainless steel and it allows you to get used to the piercing. A month later, you will be ready to choose something more attractive and appealing. These can also be easily hidden.

Stretching Your Septum

If you want to stretch your septum piercing, get in touch with your piercer. Stretching will depend on the individual nose. In some cases, it may be impossible to do any amount of stretching. Others may be able to stretch theirs easily.

Be warned: Stretching a septum can be extremely painful if you overdo it. Make sure to listen to your body. If it hurts, you are doing it too much. Also, wait for the skin to heal before going for a second stretching.

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Great Living (author) on February 25, 2018:


Pain after 18 months is not normal. It is possible that your replacement jewelry is a gauge size thicker than your original jewelry. If that is the case, take it off immediately.

If it isn't, it is quite possible that while changing your original bar you injured the tissue in the area somehow. Get it checked by a doctor.

Naomi on February 25, 2018:

I got my septum pierced about 18 months ago, and just recently replaced the horseshoe bar I was pierced with for a clicker and the pain is excruciating if I touch it wrong. I've had hayfever a lot lately and so not being able to touch my nose without extreme care is a pretty big problem. Is it normal to feel this kind of pain after switching jewelry for the first time? It's an intense stabbing pain, which does remind me of the initial piercing. Pls halp!

Great Living (author) on September 27, 2017:

Hi Bailey,

Too much of touching and flipping can cause issues, especially infections because of the constant touching. If you are doing too much of it, just avoid it. But if it seems fine, you are probably good!

Bailey on September 27, 2017:

I got my septum done last Friday and I frequently moving it and flipping it in and out of my nose like daily. It's now Wednesday and the pain is minimizing but I was wondering if things could still go bad if I keep messing with it like I do. It feels fine though.

Great Living (author) on September 24, 2016:


Don't take it out. Just use sea salt (if not possible, table salt) and warm water to clean it thrice a day. It will help in healing. It does sound like the piercer did not do a good job here. But you may just wait for 2-3 days to see if it gets better. Take a painkiller if it is really bad. If it doesn't get better, it is probably infected, so better consult a doctor and see if you need to do a course of antibiotics.

Do keep sharing your experience. It will help others.

Rei on September 23, 2016:

I got my septum pierced on a friday. A week later, (it looked really good, healing wise)but while cleaning it, i noticed it was crooked. The first time he had to do it twice....the following week he did it 3times!

It hurts sooo much and its only been one day since its been repierced. This tenderness and red soreness, is that ok. Should i just take it out and let ALL the wholes heal?

Kiki on June 28, 2016:


I got my septum done a week ago, and I'm feeling a horrible pain on the right side every time I move my nose or go to clean the area. I felt this pain from the moment she pierced me so I don't think it's an infection, is it possible she hit a nerve or another sensitive area?

Great Living (author) on May 05, 2016:

Hey Brittany,

It seems you stretched a little too fast. Ideally, give it at least 2-3 months to stretch. It is quite possible that the white pus shows infection. If it is hurting, better try to go back to the original. Once you remove it, just clean the area with anti-bacterial soap and use sea salt soaks. Put in the original size and then continue to use sea salt soaks. Wait for at least 2 months before going on to stretch again.

If things don't get better within 3-4 days after taking these steps, consult a doctor.

Do share your experience or let everyone know how you handled it! It may help someone else!

Brittany on May 05, 2016:

I got my septum pierced in the 6th of April and it's now the 5th of May I got pierced with a 16g and I stretched to a 14 and it hurts to move it a little and u noticed a little bit of white by it is that normal

Cassie on December 20, 2015:

So my mom doesnt like the idea of any piercings in my face. Or me doing any piercing myself. But i have a high pain tolerance so i guess thats why i'm not so afraid to do it. I pierced the side of my nose where most people usually have a stud or ring. That ripped out. Is it bad ti pierce my septum myself..? Ive done it before but dad had me take it out. I asked my boyfriend if hed help make sure i have it straight before i put the needle through today. I need advice. I have done most of my piercings and only one went wrong because it ripped out in my sleep. I just need help, is it or is it not a bad idea to do it again myself??

Great Living (author) on December 07, 2015:

Hi Panallipe,

Sorry to hear about this. I guess when you developed a sinus infection, it just spread to the piercing area. It's a one off thing that doesn't happen all the time. I think you should focus on getting your sinus infection cleared first by taking proper treatment and then you can take a look at your piercing. You should probably not have taken it out, but now that you have just don't do anything there, except keeping it cleaning and maybe using a sea salt soak.

Take care.

Panallipe on December 03, 2015:

I got septum pierced about 12 weeks ago, for the last 4 weeks I keep having sinus problems. Doctors put me on antibiotics, decongestant meds, cough syrup, and allergy meds. But it still doesn't go away. When I can finally blow some out its thick clear gel like stuff. Its so thick that aches when I blow and makes me choke sometimes when it drains down my throat. I don't know what to do anymore, I finally took out the ring last night and now its all worser.

Great Living (author) on October 27, 2015:

Hey Amy,

Hang on. Give it a few days and don't poke at it too much. Keep using the sea salt soaks and it should get better in a few days.

amy on October 27, 2015:

I hot my septum pierced yesterday, hurt more then any oiercing ive gotten would say a 6/10.

Its so sore this morning, it didnt bleed when the needle went threw or anything.

The tip of my nose is reaĺly really tender. I was wondering when it would stop hurting. Thank you.

isabel on October 15, 2015:

i got my piercing two days ago, im 15 and the pain wasnt that bad. i did cry but thats normal. the proffesional piecer who did my septum told me to wash it with Dial antibactetial handsoap then to wash it fully off and to put alcon (with a q tip) where my piercing is located... my septum is healing alright, i didnt bleed at all but there is slight pain when i move it in the morning or afternoon :/ other than that totally worth it

Great Living (author) on August 31, 2015:

Hi Carly,

If hiding the piercing is an option, please do try it. If not, talk to your mother about it and let her know that removing it now could cause infection and pain for you. If that's also not an option, maybe you could ask your mother to help you take this out.

You can use a qtip or a bobby pin to take this out. Just insert it below the place where it opens and pull the jewelry down with your other hand. Hopefully, it will come out easily. Make sure to clean it properly after that.

Carly on August 31, 2015:

Hi, I have a new septum piercing and my mom found out about it so I have to take it out. I was wondering if I could do it myself because I have no way of going to a piercing place. I have sea salt for soaks and a spray to clean it after I'm just not sure how to do it? Thank you :)

Great Living (author) on August 27, 2015:


As long as the pain is getting better, you should be fine. You should only be concerned if its getting worse.

Give about a month more and if it still doesn't get better, just consult a doctor to make sure that there is no problem there. But if its getting worse, consult a doctor right now.

Also, please don't touch it or push it too often just to check if it still hurts. You may just make it worse.

Do share you experience about how it goes!

Angela on August 27, 2015:

I got my septum pierced about a month ago, since then it's healing quite alright. I no longer feel pain when i touch it, clean it and move it side to side, but when i push it up a bit, i get this deep pain (not pushing the whole ring to hide it just pushing it against the top) or I'll get slight little pains when i touch the tip of my nose sometimes. I wanted to know if that's normal? If so, by when would you think it'd go away?

Great Living (author) on August 18, 2015:


Congratulations on your new piercing! I am sure it looks great and thank you for sharing your experience. I am sure it will help someone who wants to go for a septum.

Do continue sharing your piercing experience on this page to help out others who would love to do it!

Amilie on August 15, 2015:

I did it the same day i posted here i couldn't wait, i pierced half the skin and my sister did the rest, before i did it i used lidocane spray to numb the area and breathed through my mouth for 5 minutes then cleaned it with alcohol pads. It didn't hurt and still no infections

Great Living (author) on August 13, 2015:


It is really not a good idea to do your own piercing. You should go to a piercer. Even if you don't want to go to a piercer ask someone else to do it.

Doing it yourself should be your last option. You may feel faint. So, at least have someone there with you.

If you are doing it yourself, buy a septum piercing kit. You can buy it by clicking any of the links above.

Make sure to clean the area with an antiseptic.

Make sure to use a clamp so that it numbs the pain.

Make sure to sterilize everything you use.

Make sure you don't pierce your nostril. Pierce at the spot below where the nostril ends. That is less painful.

Make sure the needle is straight. Not angled.

Again, try going to a piercer. But if you just can't, hope all this helps.

Do share your experience!

Yaniz on August 12, 2015:

I wanted to do my own septum piercing, but i would like to know if theres any cautions i need to take. Like is there anything there that i shouldnt poke or bother? And so on

Great Living (author) on August 12, 2015:


You can share your thoughts right here! But if you do need to send a private comment, just click on the name "Great Living" and you will be taken to a page where there will be an option to send a personal message.

Great Living (author) on August 12, 2015:

Hi Amilie,

If you really need to do it yourself, just be extra careful. It's not advisable though.

You don't need to clean it the same day. Wait for about 24 hours and then do it. Don't overclean or underclean. Twice a day with saline water is fine.

If you notice that the area is unusually red or inflamed after a few days, better get it immediately checked by a doctor. Don't move the stud around too much, especially in the first few days.

Do share your experience!

Yaniz on August 11, 2015:

Is there any way to contact you privately?

Amilie on August 03, 2015:

Hi, i'm going to pierce my septum by myself with "ear piercing stud" i know its stupid and risky but i have to because there's no piercing studios where i live, and im afraid to get infections so should i clean it the first day? Or wait more?

Great Living (author) on July 26, 2015:


Could be an infection. Try out the sea salt soaks for a couple of days and see if it subsides. If not, better take a course of antibiotics by consulting a doctor.

James on July 26, 2015:

I've had my septum pierced for about a year now and in that time I've sized up to 10g. A few weeks ago i decided to go up to 8g and it took a while but i finally got the pincher in. Unfortunately the area around the pincher seems to be a bit swollen, although it isnt very painful to the touch. It is a little leaky though. When i take the jewelry out to clean the piercing secretes a tiny bit of yellowish fluid. Should i just keep cleaning as regular and wait?

Lynn on July 24, 2015:

I got mine pierced about 3 months ago, and it is suddenly very sore and tender to the touch. Is it because I'm moving it too much? I currently have a circular seamless ring in it.

Great Living (author) on July 22, 2015:


I wouldn't move it around too much, you don't want to cause any irritation in the area. It would probably be OK once it's healed. Do use the sea salt soaks and hopefully, it would turn out to be OK and not crooked.

Cyrah on July 21, 2015:

Ok. So I have decided to keep my septum up. But it continuously shifts all the way to the right side while in my nose. Do I just leave it there? Or will that make it heal weird? Help.

Great Living (author) on July 21, 2015:


Flipping it up and down frequently may be a problem. But if you just want to flip it up, it's OK. Just leave it at that for about 3-4 weeks or until you think it's healed.

It may be crooked now, but it should be OK once it is healed! Even if it is crooked, you will need to wait and see. Both ways, just wait and see how it looks once it is healed.

Cyrah on July 21, 2015:

I was told that flipping my septum wasn't terrible to do from a women that worked at the shopped when I got it pierced. My ideas was to keep it flipped Tuesday through Sunday and then flipped down on Monday. Is that a bad idea??

Another thing is that my septum seems crooked. The left side is on my lip where as the right side is raised slightly but enough to noticed if you are looking up close. I heat they fix themselves but I'm nervous about it.

Great Living (author) on July 16, 2015:


It is quite normal. It will take about a few days to subside. Use a sea salt soak, it will help subside the swelling and also quicken the healing. It shouldn't get worse. If it does, consult a doctor. But do give it at least 7 days before you rush to the doctor.

Hannah on July 16, 2015:

Hello I got my septum done yesturday and it's sore it bleeds a little on the qtip when I cleaning it and my nose is swollen and it itchy is this all normal?

Great Living (author) on May 05, 2015:


6 months and still too many issues! That's slightly strange. I have to say though that for some people it may take a little more time than others. But you seem to sound that the problem is not getting better.

If it is not getting better, I would suggest you consult a doctor and get it checked. It's possible that a course of antibiotics could help get rid of any infection present.

I also hope you did not move it around too much during the first few weeks. That also delays healing.

Steven Humbucker on May 05, 2015:

Hi! i've had my septum peirced for i'd say a good 5-6 months. and it's still not healed! i get crusties, pain, and tenderness still. i ran out of the salt water i was given when peirced. clueless and scared. help?

Great Living (author) on April 30, 2015:

Hey Isabell,

It's very difficult to say anything without seeing something. But is it possible that this is swelling that you are talking about? If it could be a swelling, it is pretty normal. Just continue the sea salt soaks and see if this swelling subsides or the area changes somehow. It's only been a week, so give it some time. It should be OK within a few weeks. If you are still concerned, could be a good idea to get it checked by the piercer and see what he/she says.

isabell on April 30, 2015:

I got my septum done a week ago and the piercer told me to clean it with warm water and that only.

Which i find odd cause jusy water wont help prevent an infection.

I had done research about this piercing for months before hand and i found sea salt soaks, tea tree oil, and Bactine to be things people have cleaned it with.

Ive been doing the sea salt soaks and it looks great. Other than the fact that on one side this skin around the piercing site is sloped outward toward the ring all the way around it.

I can't find out why its doing this. The other side is flat all the way around like i assume it should be. Please help.

Great Living (author) on April 27, 2015:

Hi Brit,

As far as I know even Bayer does not recommend using it without consulting your doctor since a piercing is a puncture wound.

To be on the safe side, use sea salt soaks. It is pretty safe and convenient as well. And quite effective too.

brit on April 27, 2015:

I got my septum pierced two days ago and my piercer said to use a Qtip and bactine 3-4times a day. Is bactine helpful, he also told me to not use anything else but that, what do you think??

Great Living (author) on April 05, 2015:

Hi Samantha,

Regular salt is not that effective as sea salt, but it will work.

Crusties are normal and it indicates that the area is healing. But if you do notice that the pain is increasing or the area is getting more and more inflamed or you develop a fever, make sure to consult a doctor.

samantha on April 05, 2015:

I pierced my septum myself last Wednesday and on friday, I saw green thick fluid surrounding the ring so I decided to do salt soaks,but w regular salt because I don't have sea salt, will it still heal while cleaning it like that? Right now , there are a bit of yellowish orange crusties, is my piercing infected?

Great Living (author) on March 31, 2015:

Hi James,

Probably should have a waited for a few more weeks, but only you can tell that since you are the only one who can see it. But the fact that it really hurts means that it is either too soon or maybe more stretching was not a good idea for you.

James on March 31, 2015:

There was a 6 week gap between stretches i was told that would be fine and thankyou for your help.

Great Living (author) on March 31, 2015:

Hi James,

If it is really painful, you probably stretched way too soon. Was there enough gap between your last stretch and this one?

If not, this could be why it is so painful.

Try a sea salt water bath for the area and see if it helps. If not, probably would be a good idea to see a doctor.

Great Living (author) on March 31, 2015:

Hi Tash,

16 is the most common choice. But you can choose a 14 gauge as well. Best is to ask the piercer since he or she can take a look at the area and decide which is best for you.

The piercer will insert a retainer, so I don't think they will ask you to get one for yourself.

Change it with your own choice of ring once the area gets healed.

Great Living (author) on March 31, 2015:

Hi Beth,

If it is slightly crooked, it should get OK once the area is healed. If you think it is way too crooked, it is possible that the piercing is not that straight.

Both ways, wait for a few days until the area is healed and see what happens.

James on March 31, 2015:

I got my septum stretched to 5mm 4 days ago i was just wondering is the tip of my nose supposed to really really hurt? It never felt like this when i stretched be4


Tash on March 28, 2015:

Since it says that the usual starting gauge is 16, is it unadvisable or not possible to just get pierced as 14 instead of stretching? Also, do you buy your own jewelry first and bring it in for the piercer to use when you get your piercing or do you have to start with a simple one/ buy one from the shop when you get a piercing?

Beth on March 25, 2015:

I got my septum pierced 2 days ago. I went to a professional who usually does pretty well, but as soon as he got done I noticed that the piercing was slightly crooked. I said something to him about it, and he told me that it's just the way the jewelry is shaped. I've looked at it closely and noticed that the piercing is slanted. It's a bit higher up on the left side than on the right. I've heard from a few people that it will straighten itself out once it heals, but I'm not sure if that's true or not. I don't know what I should do because it's kind of annoying. Any advice at all will be appreciated.

Great Living (author) on March 22, 2015:


If you flip it right away, it doesn't usually affect the healing process. But don't keep changing positions. If you do, it may cause pain and infection and delay healing. So, ask the piercer if they could just flip it right away and then just leave it like that for at least 3-4 weeks. Once it is healed, you can flip it up when you go to school and keep it down otherwise.

kiki on March 22, 2015:

I'm from Jamaica where not a lot of people are into septum piercings, but I think it's cute and I'd like to get it done. However I don't know if the professionals here will do it right since only 1:10 people get it done ... Do you think I should still get it done?? And if I get it done I'd have to flip it to hide it when I go to school , how long should I wait before flipping it?

Great Living (author) on January 27, 2015:


You will need a retainer when you get your septum pierced. You can change to a septum clicker once the area has healed. That's the safer way to do it.

KassieH on January 25, 2015:

I've been really looking forward to adding a new piercing to my collection and I decided I wanted a septum. I was going to do it in December 2014 but my mom told me to wait until I had my braces installed so I'm going to wait for another month or so, I'm so excited to get it done. The only thing is I'm not a big fan of the horseshoe ring or the CBR so I wanted to know if I could get it piercied with an IS septum clicker. Would that be fine or could it cause problems. Thanks for your reply.

Kelsey on January 20, 2015:

I went today to get my septum pierced, without doing much research (I've done research on all my piercings). It really didn't hurt, just a bit uncomfortable, which I have dermals, lip piercings, & nearly button, along with tattoos in the most 'painful' areas. How long will it take for the "I got a booger" feeling to go away? Also, I explained to my piercer that I work in 2 days, he told me to start moving it tomorrow that way by the time I work I can flip it. He explained that I would need to use a bit of warm water to help move it and to make sure my hands are clean and that I keep the piercing clean while I'm moving it. But, when will this strange feeling go away? It's not really annoying, just strange feeling.

Great Living (author) on January 12, 2015:

Hey Felicia,

If getting a septum piercing means not being successful in life, then so many rock stars and movie stars shouldn't have been successful at all.

It's a personal choice and success or no-success does not depend on it.

Felicia on January 11, 2015:

Hey I was just wanting to know yome of your professions, because I just asked my mom for a septum piercing for my (20th) birthday, and she has claimed that i can only ever be a failure with a facial piercing(s), because no one who is successful would ever get one.

Mika on January 07, 2015:

I got my septum piercing almost about a year ago next month it healed fine and everything but recently it started crusting again. What should I do?

Steven on December 20, 2014:

Well me and my girlfriend are thinking of getting one. I'm a bit of a bitch when it comes to piercings, although I have inch plugs and snake bites. Any advice on how not to bitch out in front of my girl?

Jade on December 18, 2014:

I got mine done today and it didn't really hurt thankfully. But my mum hates it ah oops. Before getting it done I would make sure your mum is going to like it as good luck ;)

Great Living (author) on December 07, 2014:

Hi Katie,

If you can't convince your Mom, I guess you should just wait it out for a few years before getting one. Or you could see is she more agreeable to you getting a piercing somewhere else, like your belly button?

Try talking to her from time to time, she's got to say yes sometime!

Good luck!

Great Living (author) on December 07, 2014:

Hi Amy,

That's great that you pierced your septum yourself and it worked fine! It's just that one can be more confident when someone with good experience does this. The chances go down drastically when a body piercer does this.

Katie on December 05, 2014:

I'm 15, and I really want to get my septum pierced! I did research about it and everything, but my mom won't give me the time of day to talk to her. I told her multiple times that I can flip it up and she won't be able to see it, but she doesn't care. How do I let her let me get my septum pierced?

Amy on November 28, 2014:

I pierced my septum myself about 7 Months ago and its fine. I did go to a professional shop to get a new ring about 2-3 days after I did it. It healed fine, no infection or anything. I would say that I wished I pierced it more forward. Other than that Its not crooked and looks perfectly fine

Great Living (author) on November 20, 2014:

All the best for the piercing! Get it pierced by a professional and he or she would use a small barbell or hoop. You can try out different styles after a few months when the piercing is completely healed.

The healing sure does suck, but the septum piercing looks great once the healing is done!

Smilez...muah on November 17, 2014:

I wanted to get my septum pierced can get a smaller barbell or hoop i don't want a big bar in my nose for the first time getting it pierced. Im excited

anonymous on November 16, 2014:

I got mines done about three to four days ago. It didn't hurt as bad as i thought it would the healing process sucks.. My nose feels dry all the time. When crusties get stuck to the ring it hurts but other than that i love it can't wait to change the ring.

Great Living (author) on September 30, 2014:

Hi Regina,

You should avoid moving the ring around too much unless it has healed completely. This could be anywhere from four weeks to six weeks.

regina on September 30, 2014:

How long should you wait to be able to hide the ring after piercing

Great Living (author) on September 21, 2014:


Sorry to hear that. Seems like the guy had no idea what he was doing.

Nevertheless, avoid doing anything right now. Allow it to heal and then see what you want to do.

All the best!

Mira on September 20, 2014:

I got my septum done yesterday and it was a nightmare. The guy poked me 3-4 times and I guess he just decided that anywhere would do and placed it way too close to face. It actually looks like the ring could fall through because my nose is do small and the jewelry is too big. Never going there. Again I don't know how long I should wait to get it done again because I have at least 3 holes in my nose :(

Great Living (author) on September 10, 2014:

Hi Autumn,

Thanks for sharing for your experience. I am sure its going to help many of us!

Autumn on September 10, 2014:

I got my septum done 4days ago it hurt quite a bit but I'm able to move it around carefully to clean it, I got told it usually bleeds a lot but mine hasn't bled at all even when the needle went through. The first 2 days the bar kept moving forward but that has stopped now I just left it alone. When it came to clean it I got a new bottle of water that has never been opened and added salt I've done this with every piercing inhale just because if your using tap water you have to boil it first or use a filter just to make sure the waters clean. It's becoming more comfortable everyday but it's not for everyone

Great Living (author) on February 06, 2014:

Thanks, Amanda for sharing your experience.

You are absolutely right. It is always a great idea to get it professionally done. This goes for almost all body piercings. Professionals know what they are doing and others don't.

So, always advisable to go to a professional to get your septum piercing.

All the best with your new septum piercing!

Amanda on February 06, 2014:

I had gotten my septum piercing about a year and a half ago, but I stupidly did it myself using an actual piercing kit because I saw on YouTube that it's the same thing as going to a piercing shop. NO. Besides the pain, and uncomfortable feelings it got infected and I was cleaning it correctly, and it actually started to HEAL before the infection started. But when it did the skin around my piercing became raw and seemed like my skin was actually rotting off, the most pain I have ever felt! I decided to take it out for some relief. But it closed in about five seconds. I went a whole year without one then finally decided to go to get it professionally done. I missed it so much! I've only had it for a week now but I expect a much better healing process :) cannot stress it more! Professionally done! There's a reason why everyone keeps tellin you that! Don't be like me! It's depressing to have to take out your favorite piercing!

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