Septum Piercing Dangers – What to look after?

Septum piercing falls in the category of nose piercing. Nose piercing in general, involves piercing of the skin, as well as the cartilage of any part of the nose.

Out of all types of nose piercing, the most common and the popular one is nostril piercing, followed by septum piercing.

In fact, it is rapidly gaining popularity in recent times. However, any kind of piercing involves certain risks, and so, is the case with septum piercing.

Just like all other piercing types, septum piercings come with pain (more or less, depending on the individual) and the risk of infection.

In this article we talk about septum piercing dangers and risks associated with the procedure.

While there is not much you can do about the pain felt during the procedure, you can lower considerably your risk of infection. Here’s how.

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At the piercing parlor

A common risk associated with almost all types of piercing is the risk of infection and pain. This can be minimized greatly, if piercing is done on the soft and flexible skin that lies between the cartilage and bottom of the nose. As far as infection risks are concerned, it can be managed with proper piercing aftercare.

septum piercing procedure
septum piercing procedure

Go to a piercing studio that practices good sanitation and comes with good references. Also check that the piercer is experienced and licensed. They will clean the septum area and the jewelry before marking the exact area to be pierced.

Then, they will use a sterile needle, and the optional clamps to make a hole and insert the jewelry. After securing the ring, they will clean the area again; this is important in order to prevent infection. A knowledgeable piercer should provide you with all the required aftercare instructions, but feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Septal hematoma

Septum piercing can sometimes lead to septal hematoma. An injury to the soft tissue within the septum can disrupt the blood vessels to cause the accumulation of blood and fluid under the lining. Nasal septum hematoma can eventually cause nasal congestion, and interfere with breathing along with causing pain and inflammation.

If not treated immediately, the condition can ultimately cause formation of a hole in the septum, leading to nasal congestion. Sometimes, that part of the nose may collapse, resulting in a cosmetic deformity, known as ‘saddle nose’.

At home

Use a saline spray or a mix of sea salt and water to dip your nose into or apply to your septum area to keep it clean. Do this 2 to 3 times a day until the area heals. Most septum piercings take six to eight weeks to do that. During this time in particular, practice good hygiene and make sure you do not carry any bacteria on your fingers to your nose.

All sorts of bacteria are present in the nose anyway, so it is important to keep them at bay. This constant presence only increases the risk of infection when you have a nose piercing done.

There are other aggravating factors, such as being prone to severe allergies and colds or having a sinus infection; in these cases, you may want to consider a different type of piercing. Finally, if you catch a cold right before or immediately after the procedure, the danger of infection increases, so be extra careful. Not to mention that colds make your healing take longer to complete.

Recognizing an infection

All types of body piercings, including septum piercing, are associated with a certain risk of contracting certain blood-borne diseases like hepatitis, from the needles and piercing guns used in the procedure. This risk can be avoided by getting the piercing done by a reputed piercer, and making sure that the piercer uses only sterile single-use needles.

If you see the septum area red and/ or swollen for more than 2 or 3 weeks, then you may have an infection. Other signs include excessive crusting and green or yellow pus coming from the area.

Aside from infection, there are other negative sides to having a septum piercing, such as the danger of easily bumping the ring during the healing period, and the odor of dead skin cells that build up when you don’t care for it properly.

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    Of course it hurts, a needle will be put through your flesh. It was 3/10 for me, totally tolerable, after that it doesn’t hurt at all when left alone, though you might experience some pain while cleaning it for two weeks or so and a hella lot of it when you bump your nose accidentally (if you’re a stomach sleeper like I am, I’d advise you flipping it up for a night: a random face rub against a pillow, and all the crusts are torn, and you’re awake and in pain. Same goes for sex, kissing, huggung and otherwise putting your fresh septum close to someone else, they can randomly bump it and you end up with teary eyes, and, again, in pain). The initial piercing pain lasts only a couple of seconds if done properly through a sweet spot and your eyes will water a bit. I didn’t even feel the pinch, but the pain when the needle was pulled through. My piercer didn’t use clamps though, I’ve heard those can hurt pretty badly.
    Go for it, I was planning to get it done for a couple of years and it wasn’t that bad at all. I was scared too, the key is finding a reputable piercer. I knew I met a professional when my piercer said I have a slightly asymmetric nose after looking at me for 5 seconds not even upfront but upwards, he was sitting and I was standing (I know it’s true and it’s something you can notice only looking at my ID photo and even I don’t see it irl, nor other people. At short, I was very impressed). Also don’t be afraid to ask your piercer questions and if smth feels shady, get out of there.

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      Thank you for taking time and replying to my comment. I will certainly be careful about hitting my nose somewhere 😉
      Still scared though o.O


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