While nose piercings have been popular for centuries in areas like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Africa, they’ve only recently made a serious surge in the Western world. While nose piercings provide an exotic look for those who choose them, they can also be a source of infection when not properly cleaned and cared for. Fortunately, caring for and cleaning a nose piercing couldn’t be easier once you know what you’re doing.
Whether you choose to pierce your nostril, septum or bridge, the care of your piercing is the same. The goal is to keep the area clean and free of bacteria that can cause painful infections.
Early on, when it’s not advisable to remove your piercing, you can simply clean the area by washing it with antibacterial soap and water. Pat the area dry with a clean towel.
Afterward, saturate a cotton ball with a professionally-prepared cleaning solution made specifically for piercings or a homemade solution of warm water and sea salt. Squeeze the cotton ball to expel the liquid onto the area and allow it to saturate the piercing. Use a clean towel or tissue to absorb any excess liquid.
Once you’re able to remove your jewelry, you’ll want to remove it periodically and clean it with antibacterial soap and water as well. Allow the jewelry to air dry on a clean towel. Wash your hands thoroughly before reinserting your jewelry to avoid introducing bacteria to the area.