As you May know, The popularity of body piercings are on the rise.
Whether you pierce your ear, nose, or get a dermal piercing, There are always things you need to be aware of before, during, and after the process is complete.
I will focus more on The aftercare, and a few simple tips to ensure that your nose piercing heals as it should.
Everyone's pain levels are different, But in my personal experience, A Nose ring is not nearly as painful as most people make it seem... Yes, there is a bit of discomfort during the piercing, But Overall There is no excessive pain or discomfort afterwards.
Once you have gotten your nose pierced, You should know that it needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Your piercer will advise either a cleaning solution that you can purchase, Or you can simply mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt with warm water, either boiled or distilled. Salt works really well to disinfect open wounds (which is exactly what a piercing is) and keeps the area clean.
Where to start
To clean your piecing, make sure your hands are thoroughly washed with soap and water. Dry your hands with paper Towel, and try to avoid using your bath towel, as it collects bacteria that might irritate the piercing.
Add the salt to a small bowl, pour in boiling water, and let it cool down while dissolving the salt. dip a cotton ball in the solution, and hold it on the piercing for a few seconds. Dip the cotton ball back in the solution and repeat this a few times till you have done it for a total of 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse the area with clean water, and dry the area with paper towel, making sure that the whole area is dry. Be sure to dry the inside of your nostril as well, you don't want it to stay moist, and develop any bacteria in the area.
One other method is to dip your entire nose into the solution, and soak it for a minimum of 5 minutes. Once done, Continue with the same drying method as above.
Be sure to use good quality paper towel, as you don't want pieces of paper getting stuck to the piercing site.
Repeat the cleaning process as often as you can, at least twice a day, and more often if you can. This will ensure that the piercing site stays clean and bacteria free! It is normal to see a granuloma at the site (which basically looks like a little bump on the piercing site), as it heals, or for your piercing to get irritated when you have a cold and you constantly have to blow or fidget with your nose. Make sure to clean it thoroughly ever day, and you will be fine.
Avoid touching the area with unwashed hands, and avoid any products such as face cream, or make-up around the area. You don't want anything going into the piercing and causing unnecessary infections, as make-up will be impossible to remove from the piercing site.
Remember that a piercing is basically trauma caused to the skin, So it will take time to heal. The best thing you can do is to be patient with the healing process, and don't try to rush it, or change the jewelry before your piercing has healed completely.
Keep in mind
Two VERY Important points to consider at all times, is that you should always use jewelry that is hypoallergenic, like titanium or high quality surgical steel(Depending on which country you are in) You should also do your research on which piercer you will be using. Check out their social media profiles, or websites and have a look at the previous piercings they have done before. Make sure they have good reviews, and that they are well known. That way you are already one step closer to a successful piercing.
If your piercing starts to develop a keloid or infection, feels warm to the touch, feels tender or painful, or is red around the piercing site, contact your piercer for advise as soon as possible. From there they will to tell whether the jewelry should be removed or whether you should seek medical attention.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.