Nose piercing bump can be an indication of an infection on the piercing site. The bump usually occurs within a few days or months after the procedure is done. If your piercing has developed an infection, make sure that you treat it immediately to avoid developing a scar tissue, which could lead to keloid. A keloid is a large scar that could develop continuously outside the piercing site.
Generally, a bump on the piercing site goes away fast. If the bump is stubborn enough that it won’t go away, it’s important to seek medical treatment or talk to your piercer about the ways to treat the bump and make it go away.
Most bumps on nose piercings are minor. However, many people who have undergone nose piercings have taken their jewelry out when noticing a bump on the site.
However, the experts don’t recommend the removal of the jewelry, unless it’s deemed necessary. Typically, it’s the last resort. That is, if the condition will cause further complications when not removed.
However, most complications of a nose piercing tend to resolve while the jewelry is in place.
Sometimes, the bump on the piercing site isn’t a sign of an infection. Rather, it can be a granuloma. Granuloma looks like a raw hamburger as it’s red and raw. Granulomas are described as a benign overgrowth of a body tissue. They easily bleed but they’re not tender. However, they do have a clear or a yellow fluid.
Another cause of a bump is a scar tissue buildup. It’s found near the piercing site. If you’re prone to keloid, you’re highly likely to develop a raised scar. Unfortunately, keloids tend to run in the families. If you’re an African or have an Asian descent, you’re more likely to develop keloids.
If the bump isn’t tender or you don’t see any fluid, it could be that the bump is a keloid scar.
The bump can also be a pustule or an abscess. If it looks like a pimple or it feels tender, it can be a pustule which is a localized bump filled with pus. When your piercing is infected and left untreated, it can develop into an abscess, which is a marble-like lump found underneath the skin. It’s the result of your body’s attempt to isolate a chronic infection.
Why Do Bumps Occur?
Piercing is a wound. Each time a wound occurs, you’re more likely to develop an infection. Your risk of infection is higher if your piercer has used an unsterilized or uncleaned equipment. This is one of the reasons you should only have your nose piercing done by an experienced piercer to make sure that you can avoid the likelihood of an infection.
Bumps on a nose piercing site are common. The reason for this is that the site can easily be hit up against something. Furthermore, the cartilage is longer to heal than the other fleshy areas of your body, like your ear lobes. The bumps are mostly seen as red bumps and they’re usually hard to resolve.
Poor piercing skills and the use of an unhygienic equipment is the common cause of a piercing bump. This usually occurs when you don’t go to a professional piercer. Experienced piercers always use sterilized equipment, like the needle or gun.
Unexperienced technicians only have a little knowledge about the proper way to perform nose piercings to avoid infection. They can also give you wrong aftercare instructions. As a result, your healing process will extend, thereby increasing the chance of an infection.
In order to prevent the bump from showing up, you should follow the aftercare instructions of your professional piercer. If you follow the instructions strictly, you have less of a chance to get an infection. However, if you keep touching the piercing site without washing your hands, you’d surely experience a bump on your nose piercing.
Right after you’ve gotten the nose piercing, make sure that you clean the site twice a day using the antiseptic solution recommended by your piercer. You should also avoid activities that could cause infection to the area.
Choosing the wrong jewelry may also cause a bump to appear on your nose piercing. Yes, the material and the price of the jewelry do matter. The wrong choice of jewelry may lead to infection, migration, and bumps on your nose piercing. If your jewelry is made of nickel, your body may develop an allergic reaction to it. Thus, it’s better to use a jewelry that’s made of gold, stainless steel, or titanium. These materials rarely cause an allergic reaction.
Cheap jewelry may have rough surfaces that may rub against the soft skin tissue on your piercing forming a bump.
In addition to inexpensive jewelry, it’s also necessary that the jewelry fits according to your piercing site. Too big or too small jewelry may irritate the area ever further.
Changing it Before Healing
Removing the jewelry before the pierced area has healed may also cause a bump on the site. It increases your risk of infection, causing a delay in the healing process. The jewelry must stay in its place until the site heals completely. Else, you’re putting yourself at risk of infection.
What Can You do With a Nose Piercing Bump?
Before you do anything, make sure you know what the bump is. If there’s pain, swelling, and a foul odor associated with the bump, it’s likely a sign of infection. The risk of infection increases if you develop a fever. Apart from draining the pus, you also need antibiotics to treat it. Thus, you should consider talking to your doctor about it. However, it’s recommended to talk to your piercer first. Your piercer may have an additional information about how you could treat the area without having to take the jewelry out of your nose.
As mentioned earlier, it’s necessary that you don’t remove the jewelry even if you notice a bump. However, if your piercer recommends you to see your physician, seek a medical advice from a healthcare professional who has experience in treating nose piercing infections. Some doctors simply remove the jewelry from the site. But this isn’t always a good idea. Sometimes, it’s the last resort.
If the bump doesn’t improve after draining the pus and taking antibiotics, your doctor may request some additional tests to identify the strain of bacteria that’s been causing your bump. In this way, proper antibiotics are given. Most of the time, a culture and sensitivity test is requested.
In addition to antibiotics, you may also take an anti-inflammatory drugs. This is often recommended if the bump is the result of a recent trauma.
One of the most highly recommended solutions to treat a bump on the nose piercing is a salt water solution. To use it, you need to mix a teaspoon of sea salt and a cup of warm water. Make sure that the water is warm enough but it’s not too hot to burn your skin. Soak your piercing by titling your head sideways.
You may also soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply it to the affected site. Let it stay there for a few minutes. Do this, at least, twice a day. After that, make sure that you clear the area to avoid the salt from staying at the site causing dryness in your nostril. You may also add apple cider vinegar to the solution to further improve your condition.
The seal salt helps to reduce the size of the bump as it draws the puss out. Eventually, the bump will go away in about a week. It could be less in your situation. But it really depends on the size of the bump and how your body reacts to the solution.
To avoid infection, it’s ideal that you choose the right jewelry. Ensure that it’s made of a high quality metal that you’re not allergic to.
Tea Tree Oil and Chamomile Tea
Applying tea tree oil to your nose piercing can also help with the bump. Take some tea tree oil and add a drop of jojoba oil to the mixture. Then, apply it onto the infected area using a cotton ball. Because tea tree oil may cause your skin to dry out, you should only apply it twice a day.
In addition to tea tree oil, you may use chamomile tea. Place the tea bag into a hot water. Let the bag stay there for five minutes before taking it out. Apply the warm tea bag to the bump until it cools off (approximately 10 minutes).
Before You Get a Nose Piercing
Nose piercing is stylish. But it will hurt. Because it touches a cartilage, it’s more painful than an earlobe piercing. However, the pain will be over fairly quickly. Still, the pain will be like having a thick bar of hot metal being pressed through your nose. So, yes, your eyes might water during the procedure.
After the procedure, your nose may still ache. However, it depends on your pain threshold. Some people have said that the pain was gone after the procedure while others have admitted that the pierced site still ached even a few hours after the procedure.
Make sure you commit enough time to clean the piercing site to avoid bumps or infections. Unfortunately, many tend to forget to clean it. But cleaning the site is a must.
However, you should only clean the site using the solution recommended by your piercer, i.e. saline solution. Never use alcohol and other solutions that would only do more harm than good. You could buy an effective saline solution from the shop where you got your piercing done.
Getting a Bump
Bump is likely to appear after a nose piercing. But it will go away a few days or a few weeks, as long as you follow the aftercare instructions of your piercer. Try not touch the pierced area with your dirty hands and avoid traumatizing it. Else, the bump will come back and it will stay as a scar forever.
Avoid touching the site no matter how tempted you are. The only time you should touch it is when you’re cleaning the area.
After the pain and suffering, nose piercing is all worth it.