Nose piercing in the U.S. have increased dramatically. But is it the same as getting your ear pierced? NO! Compared to piercings in the ear lobe, nose piercings can become infected more easily and the sensitive tissue may be damaged.

When considering a nose piercing the first thing you should do is to consult your ENT doctor, as any of our specialists will be able to give you some advice on if such a piercing is going to be right for you. If you already have a pre-existing health condition, a piercing can quickly lead to complications, so seeking medical advice is a must.

Oh, you say you already have a nose ring? Taking care of your piercing is important and you must keep it clean. Ideally, you should wash the area at least twice each day with an antiseptic solution. A tougher admonition is refraining from touching your nose or the jewelry as a habit — a prime cause for harmful infection. If you do not want the piercing anymore, simply take it out and the hole will not take too long to completely heal; and usually no scar will be left behind. Just make sure to keep the hole filled or you will have to get the piercing all over again.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while caring for your nasal jewelry. Ensure the stud doesn’t fall out when you are asleep and get lodged int he nasal passages. Without proper care, the hole can easily become infected, causing pain, disfigurement and bleeding. When first wearing a new nose ring or stud, simple actions such as blowing your nose and sneezing with a nose ring can be a new experience.