Nose Piercing Bump, Nose, Infection, Removal, Care & Treatment

Nose piercing bump is extremely common when one gets a nose piercing, the bump might appear inside the nose or on the surface of the nose.

In most cases, the bump is often caused by a scar tissue. Bacterial infection on these bumps is common especially when popped. This article provides you with an insight on how to care, remove or treat an infected nose bump.

Piercing bumps can be very itchy making one very uncomfortable. After piercing, the bumps can often signal an infection, either bacterial or fungal. They can be filled with pus forming a painful cyst. So how do you treat and care for this kind of skin bumps.

Nose Piercing Bump
Nose Piercing Bump

Nose piercing bumps inside nose

Nose piercing bumps can develop inside nose or on the surface of the nose. A piercing bump inside the nose as said can be caused by scar tissue. it is, however, a common sign of an infection that requires agent medical attention. It is the infection in the bump that could end up leading to scar tissue. Inside nose, these bumps could develop anywhere from a month to a few days after your piercing.

A nose piercing bump inside the nose is often a sign of an infection. The bumps can also form due to the following:

  1. An injury to the piercing causing physical damage
  2. A bump or wound inside nose on the piercing can also be formed when you change the jewelry before wound piercing wound heals completely. this will cause the wound to bleed increasing the risk of you picking up an infection
  3. Rusty or low-quality nose rings can also lead to the ring reacting with your skin to form the bump inside f nose. It is very important to carefully choose the right kind of rings (earring, nose ring, lip ring among others) to prevent such things from forming.
  4. Poor hygiene and wound care are the other possible cause of nose bump inside of nose after a nose piercing. After you have had a nose piercing, you are advised to keep the area clean and dry, this prevents bacteria accumulation that could otherwise cause an infection. Resist from touching the wound or any attempt to remove the nose ring until the wound is completely healed.
  5. The other common cause of the bumps is a wrong piercing method or using poor equipment. This way you not only risk having your nose piercing infected, you also risk picking up infection such HIV.

If you are so enthusiastic about have a nose piercing, you need to make sure you to do it right. Let the piercing be handled by a professional care, with standard piercing technique and equipment. After the piercing, wash the area with an antiseptic soap and make sure the area is always clean and dry. Please report any kind of abnormality to your piercer or seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Nose piercing bump keloid

A keloid is a tissue scar that develops due to an infection of a nose piercing bump. For most people, the scar may remain forever on the nose. After a nose piercing, you need to be on the lookout in case of any abnormality. Be on the watch out so that the piercing does not form a bump.

A keloid scar on nose occurs when after one has had a nose piercing, the scar grows lumpy and larger that the wound it is supposed to heal. It is worth pointing out that anyone can get a keloid scar, the scar is, however, common in people with dark skin.

The formation of keloid scar is as follows, when the skin is broken, say by piercing, your body produces more of a protein known as collagen. To help seal the wound, this protein (collagen) gathers around the damaged skin. The resulting scar usually fades over time becoming smoother and less noticeable. In some people, the scar usually does not stop growing, the scar starts to invade the healthy skin and become bigger than the original wound. This is are what we are calling keloid scars.

Keloid scar can occur on any part of the body with a wound. They are however common on the upper chest, shoulder, head and neck. If a nose piercing bump is a keloid, it can be shown by the following symptoms:

  • The bump will be shiny
  • the bump starts off as red or purple before becoming brown
  • inside nose, the bump will be hairless
  • it feels hard and rubbery
  • they are painless in most case but some can cause pain, tenderness, itchiness and a burning sensation

Since nobody is actually immune from keloids, to prevent them from forming, you need to avoid deliberate cuts or breaks in the skin. That means you will need to carefully rethink about having that piercing you have been longing for. You will also need to hold on, to getting that tattoo.

According to the National Health Service NHS, treating acne reduce the likelihood of acne scar appearing on the skin. Avoid cosmetic surgeries on the area of the body most prone to keloid scars.

Keloid scar can last for years, if no medical step is taken to try and control the growth of these bumps, they could start to invade healthy tissue adjacent to the piercing wound. NHS says there are different treatment option available for these bumps, they, however, add that no treatment option has been shown to be more effective than the other.

For large keloid scar, the following treatment option may help flatten the bump:

  • a steroid injection
  • applying a steroid-impregnated tape for a day
  • daily application of silicone gel sheeting
  • you could also choose to freeze early keloid with liquid nitrogen
  • to reduce redness, laser treatment may be used
  • surgery sometimes followed by radiotherapy

Nose piercing bump infection

After having your nose pierced, not keeping it clean may lead to the infestation of the pierced area with staphylococcal strain of bacteria. This strand of bacteria is the common cause of nose piercing bump infection. For most people, the infection starts as a small pimple that is often painful to touch. The pimple will continue to accumulate fluids forming a painful fluid filled bump on the nose.

If detected early, the infection can be controlled to prevent the formation of a keloid. As said, you need to be on the lookout for any abnormality that starts to appear around a nose piercing. Be on the lookout for the following signs and symptoms:

  1. Is your nose skin around the pierced area turning red? Redness, tenderness, and swelling are the first signs that will help signal an infection.
  2. Check to see if there is yellow or green discharge from the bump or the wound that formed after the piercing. The colored discharge is common during the first two weeks after the nose piercing
  3. Do the pain and itching persist for more than a week? If yes, then that is a clear signal that something is not right with your nose piercing
  4. The other sign that signals an infection is if the wound continues to bleed for long. It would be for instance, not normal for an older nose piercing to start bleeding all over again. The bleeding in itself may not be a sign of an infection, it, however, increases the risk of you picking up an infection.
  5. Pus filled bumps abscess are also clear sign of bacterial infection
  6. Other symptoms to look out for will include persistent pain, severe itching around the wound and delayed the healing process.

Nose piercing bump keeps coming back

Does a nose piercing bump keep coming back after treating it? If yes, then that is a clear sign of an underlying medical infection that require treatment as soon as possible. A bump will keep coming back if the underlying cause is not treated properly.

If for example you picked up a viral or bacterial infection when you first had the nose piercing, developed a bump then treated it with over the counter medication, there could be a high likelihood that you treated the symptoms and not the underlying condition causing the symptoms. That is the reason the bump will keep coming back because the real culprit causing the symptoms is not treated.

If on the other hand, you visited a dermatologist or a professional health care provider, they will diagnose the condition by medical examining the extent of the infection. Apart from prescribing treatment option to relieve and get rid of the nose bump, your dermatologist will prescribe treatment for the underlying cause of the infection thus preventing or reducing the likelihood of the bump recurring in the future.

Nose piercing bump popped

No matter how painful or irritating a nose piercing bump is, you should not try to pop or drain it. Doing so, not only increases your chances of picking up an infection but also it increases the amount of time it will take for the wound to completely heal. That is not what you want right?

For a popped nose piercing bump, you need to make sure it is always covered. The bump should also be clean, you can do that by gently wiping it with a face towel dipped in an antiseptic solution. If the wound takes more than a week to heal, it is important you consult with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Nose ring bump removal

In a rare case, a nose bump may become too large, painful and irritating. When that is the case, you may choose to have it removed. There are a number of different ways your dermatologist of healthcare provider may have the bump removed.

The best way to remove the bump is using a surgical procedure. Your dermatologist will perform this procedure to completely remove the bump. In most cases, this is considered rather a cosmetic surgery not really a medical surgery.

Nose piercing bump treatment, cure

A nose piercing bump whether infected or not can be prevented by proper aftercare. However, for an infected nose piercing bump, urgent treatments required. So how do you treat an infected nose piercing bump?

For minor infections, infected nose piercing bump can be managed, controlled and treated at home. As seen most infection occurs due to negligence and poor aftercare of the wound. To prevent an infection from occurring in the first place, you will need to strictly follow the guidelines given by your piercer. Make sure you clean the area with a few drops of an antiseptic solution. The other thing is that you should not try to remove the ring until the wound is completely healed and finally, make sure to invest in good quality nose ring.

The treatment of a nose piercing bump will depend on the severity of the infection. Your dermatology will use any of the followings to try and treat the infection:

  1. Antibiotic cream and gel in case of a bacterial infection causing the bump. The antibiotics can be obtained from over the counter or be prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  2. For larger bump, your dermatologist may recommend a cryotherapy, a medical procedure that uses frozen nitrogen to get rid of the bump
  3. Steroid injection may also be used to shrink large nose piercing bumps, inside or outside of nose
  4. For those with a large and very painful bump, your dermatologist may choose to have them removed using a surgical procedure.

The right cure or treatment for nose bump should be administered by a professional health care provider, in such case, treatment is only recommended after diagnosis and medical examination of how severe the infection or the underlying cause of the infection is.

Therefore, is you notice anything abnormal say, the pierced nose is taking long to heal, or it keeps bleeding after two days or you observe a bump start to grow inside or outside the nose ring, you need to contact your health care provider as soon as possible.

Nose piercing bump care

Nose piercing bump care is an important process that should be done after one has had not only a nose piercing but also any kind of body piercing, be it ear, lips or what have you. It is a continuous process that involves:

  • Keeping you wound clean and free from dirt and germs
  • Not removing the ring until the wound is healed completely
  • Using the right care products that help ensure the wound heal in the right way
  • Resisting from touching the wound with dirty contaminated hands.
  • The aftercare will also extend to making sure your clothing’s and beddings are clean and free from germs.

Piercing bump care is important, if not done correctly, you could end up pick up infections.

How to get rid of nose piercing bump

Even though an infected nose piercing may be painful and irritating, most dermatologists and health care providers believe that the condition is not life-threatening especially if proper care and control are done. For that reason, you can easily get rid of nose piercing bump at home with simple remedies. The remedies can be in their natural form or you could choose to purchase ready ones from stores.

Here is what you need to get rid of nose piercing bump:

1. Cleaning the area with saline solution

At home, a simple aftercare routine like cleaning your pierced nose with salty water can really help prevent bacterial infection and the formation of boil and abscess on a pierced nose. Kitchen salt is said to contain strong anti-itching, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that could be harnessed to help prevent nose piercing infection.

To use the remedy:

  • Add a tablespoon of kitchen salt in a bowl of warm water
  • Gently mix to attain a fine mixture
  • Dip a clean face towel and gently clean the area around the nose ring
  • Do this repeatedly twice or thrice a day
  • You could also gently press the whole nose to fasten the healing process

2. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is the other home remedy you could use on a nose piercing wound taking long to heal. When using tea tree oil make sure to dilute t with few drop of water. To make the remedy even more effective, you can prepare a mixture of tea oil and another essential oil says almond or coconut oil.

Over time, tree oil has been found to be a great way to kill germs and bacteria that might be causing bumps and boils on a nose piercing.

3. An aspirin paste

To fasten the healing process of a wound, you can try applying an aspirin paste. Yes, an aspirin paste! The paste is not only great for its anti—inflammatory properties, but also for its great ability to reduce redness, swelling, and inflammation associated with an infected nose piercing bump. The paste will also help fasten the healing process of the wound.

To prepare an aspirin paste remedy, you will need to:

  • Crash some aspirin tablets into fine powder
  • Add a small amount of water, then gently mix to attain a fine paste
  • With a clean cotton swab, apply the paste on the nose bump
  • You can use a clean cotton bandage to hold the paste in place
  • Leave it overnight
  • Rinse it off in the morning
  • Do this daily for a week, if there is still no improvements, please seek medical help

4. Warm compress using chamomile tea

A warm compress on skin speeds the healing process of wounds by increasing blood flow around that area. It is the increased blood flow that brings nutrients and white blood cells that fight off infections. A gentle warm compress around a nose piercing bump will help will also help bring down the swelling, reduce inflammation and get rid of the redness.

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