Nose Piercing with Minor Problems
The September of my first year of university I wanted to get my nose pierced. At the time, I had three lobe piercings in each ear, my belly button had been pierced, but was not healing well at all, and I had both nipples pierced too, with no problems. I felt comfortable going to Cottage 13 for my nose because my nipple piercings were so easy to heal.
I made an appointment at Cottage 13, a short bus ride from my parent's house, and went to get my nose pierced by myself. On the bus ride there, I was getting nervous, and ended up stopping at Tim Horton's on the way there, to get some apple juice, and sit down to try and calm myself. I entered the studio a short time later, and filled out the paper work, and showed them my ID.
After a short wait, I was called into the piercing room (which is separate from the two tattoo rooms). Yolanda, my piercer, marked the spot on my nose where I would be pierced, and let me take a look. It was placed right in the top of the curve of my nose. The jewelry I chose was a small titanium stud with a small crystal in it, which I still have in my nose today. I chose titanium because I have metal allergies, and my skin reacts to most metals other than gold and titanium.
All the piercing materials were taken out of sterilized packages, and set out on a table in front of the chair I was sitting on. Yolanda changed her gloves several times throughout the entire procedure, and wiped down the outside and inside of my nose with disinfectant. Next, she held the receiving tube inside my nostril, and pushed the hollow needle through. The nose stud followed.
The pain of the piercing was minimal. It hurt more than my lobe piercings, but less than my bellybutton or nipple piercings. It caused my eyes to water slightly. There was no pain as the nose stud went in. I paid for the piercing, bought cleaning solution in a spray bottle, and went home. I can't remember the exact price for the piercing, but I think it was about $50. The cleaning solution had salt and minerals in water, and I bought it because I thought it would be hard to soak my nose in a cup of salt water, like I was able to with my other piercings.
My new nose piercing was very comfortable, and I only felt it if I laughed or smiled, or wiggles my nose. Sleeping was obviously not a problem because my nose doesn't come in contact with the pillow. Within about a week, there was no discomfort whatsoever, and the healing was going well. I sprayed the outside and inside of my nose several times daily with the spray cleaning solution that I bought.
After about a month, I ran into problems. A small squishy bump formed on the outside of my nose piercing, and was approximately the size of the head of a pin. I think it formed because I was always touching the stud with my fingers. It would grow and shrink, but never fully went away. I tried getting rid of it by starting my sea salt soaks again, but it made no difference. I also tried tea tree oil, also with no luck. At this time, school was in full swing, and I was getting lazy about cleaning my piercing.
I called up my piercer who told me to increase my sea salt soaks to 2-3 times daily. Once again, I got lazy, and my bump never went away. About 2 months later, when I got very fed up with the bump, I went back into the studio, and Yolanda tried squeezing the bump to try and get rid of it, but this didn't seem to do anything except make my nose very red. My piercer recommended that I buy cream Polysporin (NOT the ointment Polysporin), and put it on both the outside and inside of my piercing daily. This seemed to help, but the bump was still there.
Christmas came around, and I went on vacation to Florida. I continued with using the cream Polysporin, but didn't expect any results. Because I was so busy on vacation though, I was totally distracted from my nose piercing. By the end of the vacation, the bump was almost gone (and I'm guessing it is because I forgot that I had it, and therefore, stopped fiddling with it).
Once home, I continued using the Polysporin cream, and tried my best not to touch it, aside from cleaning. The bump finally cleared up!
It has been about 6 months since then, and I have had few problems with my nose piercing. A small bump returned for about a week when I had a cold, and was blowing my nose constantly, but went away quickly.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with my nose piercing. Figuring out how to change my stud was a bit difficult and painful, but I eventually got it. As long as I'm careful when washing my face, I don't have problems with the stud.
I'm so glad that I chose to get my nose pierced. Its easy to maintain, and aside from the initial problems with the bump, there have been no other problems. I've never had problems with employers and my nose piercing. I highly recommend it!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Sept. 2008
in Nose Piercing