What is a nose piercing bump?
Nose piercings don’t have a great reputation when it comes to healing quickly. It’s normal for a nose piercing to take up to six months to heal completely. During this time, you may experience redness, a little bleeding, among other mild symptoms. But in some cases, you might end up with something you didn’t foresee—a big raised bump.
Given that this is not the look you were going for, nose piercing bumps can affect your confidence, and it’s understandable for you to get upset. That’s why I have created this guide to help you get your nose piercing bump issue resolved speedily without any long-term side effects. I have also mentioned a couple of solutions if you find yourself with a nose piercing bump that won’t go away.
Types of nose piercing bumps
Keloids-raised scar tissue forming around your piercing area. Sadly some people are more prone to develop keloids than others. Though keloids aren’t usually dangerous, they can, in some cases, be itchy or painful. If you suspect you have keloids, it’s best to see a doctor or dermatologist.
Pustule- looks like a pimple or blister with pus. Often the skin around the pustule is inflamed. Like how popping pimples is discouraged, you shouldn’t go about popping your pustule. This will usually just make things worse and often result in an infection.
Granulomas- This is a wall of tissue that forms around the piercing site. It’s often attributed to your immune system’s inflammatory response towards a foreign substance(e.g. nose ring) perceived as a threat by your body. On average, it takes about six weeks or more for a granuloma to appear, so this can help you tell it apart from other nose bumps.
- Working with a piercing artist with poor experience or low hygiene standards.
- Wearing a low-quality nose ring with substances like nickel that may cause an allergic reaction.
- Taking off the nose jewelry unnecessarily before the wound heals.
- Touching your piercing frequently with dirty hands.
- Going for a swim before your wound heals. From bacteria in the ocean to chlorine in the pool, you are exposing your wound to possible irritation or infection.
- Participating in a contact sport like basketball where you may accidentally hit your piercing or catch it on something resulting in more injuries.
How to prevent nose piercing bumps?
- All cosmetic procedures, even one as simple ones as getting a nose piercing, should be done by a qualified and experienced professional. Their hygiene measures and proper piecing technique will significantly lower the risks of you getting an infection afterward.
- Some people are allergic to certain metals, so choose your jewelry wisely. It’s best to go for hypoallergenic jewelry lowering the risk of allergic reactions.
- Use the seal salt soaking method 2-3 times every day to fasten the healing process. This is the recommended way to clean a piercing. To make this saline solution, dissolve ⅛ to ¼ of a teaspoon of sea salt in 1 cup of warm distilled or bottled water. Soak a cotton ball/paper towel in the solution, and dab it on the piercing for a couple of minutes, changing the cotton several times. Then gently pat the piercing area dry. Do this 2-3 times every day and always wash your hand beforehand.
- If you are going for a swim, cover the nose piercing with a waterproof dressing to prevent contact with bacteria.
Why is the nose piercing bump not going away?
Most pustules and granulomas will go away on their own over time. But have in mind the period varies from person to person.
But if your pustule is not draining on its own or keep coming back, it’s best to head over to the doctor’s office than try lancing it yourself. Unless you have the proper sterile equipment lying around in your home, draining it with a needle or safety pin may seem like a good idea at the time, but it can quickly lead to an infection.
If you are seeing no improvement even after proper aftercare, you should have your piercing checked out by a doctor. Some other warning signs that everything may not be okay with your nose piercing bump include:
- An uncomfortable amount of pain or burning sensation around the piercing area.
- An unpleasant odor or a significant amount of discharge or may indicate an infection.
- Fever, dizziness, or nausea.
On the other hand, some bumps, like keloids, may require the intervention of a doctor. Though they can reduce slightly over time, they are very unlikely to go away on their own. There are several effective non-surgical keloid treatment options you can discuss with your doctor.
What if I have a non-piercing related bump on my nose?
Nose bumps are caused by a variety of reasons, with nose piercing being only one of the causes. More common than nose piercing bumps are dorsal humps. These occur when bone or cartilage forms a bump along the bridge of the nose. Dorsal humps can be rectified with a simple cosmetic procedure called non-surgical rhinoplasty. Interested in learning more? Contact us today.