My beloved septum piercing is infected.

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Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:52 PM

Filed under: Nose

My septum piercing was healing exceptionally well, so I didn’t clean it quite as much. It was doing well until I lost one of the balls washing my face. Ever since, I’ve been touching my nose ring, adjusting it, making sure it’s not falling out because this is my favorite piercing.

I’ve enclosed a photo of what it looks like now. I’m devastated. I’ve cleaned it twice today with saline solution, but it still looks awful. It almost seems like it’s getting worse.

I’m also a bit of a smoker.

I’ve made an appointment at my university clinic for tomorrow. Aside from this being aesthetically unappealing, I’m scared to have it removed. I just love it so much.

What should I do?


Sounds like you already know the why and the how. If your piercing is infected it is because you stopped your aftercare and you handled the piercing with dirty hands.

You’ve done the right thing by resuming your aftercare and scheduling an appointment. Make sure not to remove your piercing, removal can trap the infection in the site without proper drainage. A trapped infection can create an abscess and that will just make the situation worse. Listen to your doctor and make sure to follow their antibiotic regiment.


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3 Responses to “My beloved septum piercing is infected.”

  1. My piercing looks just like this, it started getting sore yesterday and got the lump today, I really don’t want to have to take it out. Did yours heal?

    Allison on September 25th, 2012 at 10:55 pm
  2. I had a rook piercing that did this. It was a hypertrophic scar or aka keloid. I made a paste w water n aspirin n let it sit on it for about 20 mins about 2-3 times a day n it went away. It’s worth a shot!

    Andrea on June 13th, 2013 at 6:46 pm
  3. This is pretty common. Just try to avoid touching your piercing. And start cleaning it again with (sea)salty water.

    When I bump my nose and it gets swolen or an abcess comes up, it will be fine within a day or 2 with the rigth treatment.

    Erica on July 13th, 2013 at 10:38 am

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