Septum Piercing?

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 9:36 AM

Filed under: Nose

Hi there… I’ve had my Septum piercing for about a month now? The piercer said I had an awesome sweet spot and I didn’t hear any cracking of the sort since i’ve heard when cartilage gets pierced it makes a cracking noise. Anyway, I smell this odd smell sometimes, I don’t know if it’s from the q-tips I use to clean it or what but i’ve cleaned it 3 times every day since I got it with sea salt.

I ended up changing the staple out with a horseshoe about 3 days earlier than supposed to and it was fine. It only hurts when I touch the cartilage outside, the dividing cartilage. So is it resting on my cartilage and that’s why it only hurts when I touch it? Also, I get small little dots of yellow after I’ve soaked it in sea salt baths when I clean it, is that normal or does that mean it’s infected? Is that what the little yellow crusties look like when water is added to them? Because I haven’t had “discharge” at all.

I have never heard of a cracking sound while getting a septum piercing, I really doubt even if it made a sound that you would be able to hear it.

The yellow dots you refer to is most likely lymphatic fluid, a totally normal part of healing a piercing. Think of it like a scab on a cut. I would suggest to not use q-tips to clean the piercing (as you can often aggravate it more), try soaks with warm saline solution on a cotton disc (you can get them from any chemist) as it will get the totally normal lmyphatic fluid off safely.

By the sounds of the pain when you touch it, it could quite possibly still be healing. 4 weeks is usually enough time to change over a septum, however keeping in mind that cartilage piercings can take up to 4 months to fully heal.

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Am I doing everything right ?

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 9:36 AM

Filed under: Nose

I got my septum pierced two days ago, ( March 27th, 2012)and it seems to be doing okay aside from the soreness, and a tiny bit of blood every once and a while. I accidentally bumped it in my sleep last night, so that could explain some of the soreness.

But here’s what I’m currently worried about:

okay so…an hour ago I looked at my septum and it looked like I had like, a bunch of clear/a liiiitle bit bloody mucus around it… so I just wiped it with water and a q-tip no big deal.

Then 30 minutes later I had it again, wiped it up again, maybe my nose is running, idk ?

So an hour later (now) I go and look in the mirror because it’s kinda sore, and it looks like I have like a zit riiiight above the hole

It’s not popped if it is a zit. . . I have gotten zits on the inside of my nose before .. but if it pops and gets in my piercing can’t that really mess me up ??

I’ve been cleaning it twice a day since I got it with antibacterial hand soap, that even has a moisturizer in it. My piercer didn’t tell me anything other then to wash it with that and keep salt and alcohol away from it.

I doubt it matters, but I have a captive ring in it (that’s what she put in there when she pierced it)

I’m getting really upset about what I should do, I love this piercing and I’m taking really good care of it… I don’t want to have to get rid of it due to an infection…

Any good advice ?

It is very common during the healing of cartilage piercings to get a little bit of inflamation around the hole, it often can become worse when its bumped or aggravated.

The mucus you refer to is most likely lymphatic fluid, a totally normal part of healing a piercing. Think of it like a scab on a cut. I would suggest to not use q-tips to clean the piercing (as you can often aggravate it more), try soaks with warm saline solution on a cotton disc (you can get them from any chemist) as it will get the totally normal lmyphatic fluid off safely.

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Septum piercing: Too close to front?

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 9:31 AM

Filed under: Nose

Hey, so I recently just got my septum pierced (by recently I mean within the last 8 hours) & since I didn’t get a great look at it at the shop before he flipped it up I wanted to flip it down for a second at home just to make sure it was pierced straight. As far as I can tell the piercing is fairly straight, and it’s just above the front cartilage of my nose which is good. The only thing that’s bothering me is when I flip it down, you can clearly see that it doesn’t hang straight down but instead leans more to the back of my nose (it can’t come any closer because the piercing hole is very close to the front of my nose). Could this mean that the piercing is too close to the front of the nose and isn’t allowing the septum piercing to hang straight down, or do you think it may be because of the swelling? I’m just a little concerned because when I do decide to change my piercing I don’t it to constantly be leaning towards the back of my nose, I want it hung straight down …

Thank you for your time.

This is a tricky one! If the piercing is straight and happy, I wouldn’t suggest to mess with it. There is a chance that it will ’settle in’ while it heals and the swelling goes down.

Saying that, if you are not happy with the piercing, I would suggest to go back to your piercer and ask their professional opinion and perhaps get it re-pierced a little bit further back.

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My New Nose Piercing is CHAPPED??

Monday October 19th, 2009 @ 3:15 PM

Filed under: Nose

hey! so i just got my left nostril pierced about 5/6 days ago. my piercer told me to use regular dial soap and warm water to clean it.. its not really irritated or swollen anymore except when i clean it the screw gets pulled out a little sometimes.. NOW.. my nose is chapped. i used peroxide on it ONCE a few days ago but nothing happened until today. is it normal for it to be chapped?? if so, what can i do to stop the pain/ chapping..

sorry the pic looks bad but i think you can see it well enough

thnnx,

Arianna

No, it’s not really normal for your nose to be chapped, but it’s pretty common with new piercings.
After you initially are pierced, a small amount of swelling occurs. This stretches and stresses the skin in the area and when the swelling comes down, that skin flakes away for the new layer underneath.
With new piercings, we tend to be so caught up in keeping them isolated from the rest of our bodies and our daily regimes that we forget to keep up with basic hygeine and grooming around the piercing site.
The face sloughs off a lot of skin cells every day. Some people use exfoliants to help this process.
While your nose is swelly and then not, and while you’re using a seriously chemical and very drying agent like Dial soap (I’d stop that if I were you) and possibly not scrubbing away dead skin on that nostril to avoid irritating the piercing - you’re gonna notice some chappy skin.

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Septum Healing

Monday October 19th, 2009 @ 3:09 PM

Filed under: Nose

I recently got my septum re pierced because it was too low in my nose. When I got it re pierced it ended up being a lot higher (right below the cartilage in my nose). It’s been two weeks and I’ve been trying to take care of it as well as I can. I decided to try and put in a different ring just for a quick second to see what it would look like and when I tried putting in the captive ring that I have as well as my horseshoe ring (I was pierced with a retainer) they both hurt too much to put in as well as the captive ring just would fit in my nose. Is my piercing TOO high now compared to too low? Is it just way too soon to even try to put in a new ring? Am I stuck with wearing a retainer forever? I went to somewhere with a really high reputation for a piercing place (in western massachusetts) and had a very experienced piercer pierce me. Both times I was pierced with a 16g. I can provide a picture if none of this makes sense. help!

Unfortunately without seeing the piercing, it’s difficult to answer this question.
There’s always a possibility your piercing was done too high up, but there’s an even better possibility that you’ll just need to get a different diameter of jewelry to wear so that it fits.

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Question About Soaks

Sunday October 18th, 2009 @ 3:07 PM

Filed under: Nose

I got my nostril pierced yesterday by a reputable piercer and wanted to make sure that from the get-go I was taking care of it properly. The aftercare instructions I received included applying a saline solution twice daily (and whenever the piercing may have been exposed to dirt, sweat, etc.), soaking it in hot water at least once a day for 10 minutes (and stated that the more it was soaked the better off it would be), and other than that to just LITHA. I was wondering if distilled water was a necessity or if I would be fine just using tap water for the hot water soaks? Also, how many times daily should I soak the piercing? Thanks in advance.

Piercers tend to have very differing aftercare, unfortunately.
I think you’re on the right track with your current regime. Here’s where I differ:
-Rather than soak the piercing in hot water, I tell my clients to stick their nose directly under a warm running faucet for about 5 minutes. This still encourages circulation and drainage from the piercing site, but with a constant flow of fresh water.
If you’d like to irrigate the piercing out with saline after that, go for it!

For the same reason piercers suggest not to submerge fresh piercings in bathtubs is the same reason I don’t like the idea of sticking a body part into a cup of water.

As far as the distilled water thing goes, depending on where you are: sure. Where I come from has some of the best tap water in North America.
Remember that there aren’t a lot of regulations for bottled water - so whereas the water may be treated and distilled and whathaveyou, the bottles rarely have a standard as to how they’re handled and treated beforehand.

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Koas jewelry for septums?

Sunday October 18th, 2009 @ 3:05 PM

Filed under: Nose

Hey, I have already searched the Kaos jewelry website for a place to ask a question, and there isn’t one, so I thought I would try here! =) Their website is full of information about wearing kaos plugs in lobes and cartilage piercings, but no where else on the body…

I am in the process of stretching my septum piercing (Probably stopping at a 6 or 4 gauge). I know that they don’t advice you to stretch with kaos jewelry (in ears), so I’m not using it to stretch my septum either. BUT, I am just curious if kaos jewelry would be alright to wear in a septum piercing once it’s healed? Thanks in advance!

You’re right in not wanting to stretch with Kaos, but lots of people find Kaos silicone eyelets and plugs to be very very comfortable in septum and large gauge nostril piercings! It’s nice stuff!

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Septum Piercing

Sunday October 18th, 2009 @ 2:37 PM

Filed under: Nose

About two weeks ago I went and got my septum pierced professionally. I was told to clean the piercing with plain old soap and water or he suggested using some bactine on a q-tip. I went ahead with the bactine method because he seemed to favor that over soap and water. Also, if it makes any sort of difference, the jewelery I have in is a horse shoe that he widened for me to flip up when I have to work. The first day my piercing was done things were fine and dandy. Up until the third day I felt basically no pain, by then my nose felt almost as if it had been punched pretty hard. Now it’s been two weeks and my nose is in the WORST pain. I’ve seen no type of puss or anything like that but my piercing has a feeling like it is chapped. All the way up to the middle of the bridge of my nose is sore as if I were punched. If I accidentally touch the bottom of my nose or it gets brushed by putting on or taking off a shirt I feel enough pain to want to take some tylenol. I’ve also noticed within the past few days, if I have to blow my nose or when I go to clean it, it is bleeding. Not a lot, but there is blood. I haven’t experienced any type of blood from it up until now. Should I be worried? I can’t lift my nostrils enough to see the actual piercing itself and doubt that even if it weren’t this sore I could do so.

Ugh. I feel your pain!
It was a couple weeks after I had my septum pierced that it felt like I’d taken a good bop to the nose.
To the touch, it’s pretty normal for it to be sensitive.
As far as your aftercare goes, you’re probably overdoing it and drying the heck out of it. (Hence the chapped feeling) Soap and bactine in the mucous membrane inside your nostrils is going to be very very irritating. I wouldn’t suggest either.

I tell my clients to rinse their fresh septum piercings in warm running water to loosen any crusties that may slide through the piercing. I also tell them to keep the flipping up and down of the the jewelry to a minimum.

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bridge piercing

Friday September 25th, 2009 @ 3:05 PM

Filed under: Nose

lately ive been looking into getting my bridge pierced but i occasionally wear glasses. im not sure whether they sit on the same area or not, would it be possible to have both?

It is possible depending on where your glasses sit. Make sure you bring your glasses with you when you go to see your piercer so that they can have a look at potential placements with you wearing them.

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Septril piercing

Sunday August 16th, 2009 @ 8:29 AM

Filed under: Nose

What type of jewelry can you wear in your septum after you have your septril pierced? Do people usually wear tunnels with holes in them to allow for the stud, or do people wear no septum jewelry at all afterward?

I have seen pictures where people are wearing no jewelry in the septum, and I’m curious as to how they keep their septum from closing up around the septril piercing.

Thanks :)

The most common jewelry is definitely an eyelet, with a hole in it for the septril to go through. Some people also wear solid plugs or rings even and wear the end of the septril under the jewelry with a flat back end on it. As for wearing no jewelry at all, some peoples septums never heal shut and even a small opening is sufficient for the end of a septril piercing.

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