Nose Piercing – The Dreaded Bump & How To Get Rid Of It

It had been a month since I sat in the piercing parlor. I got my nostril pierced on my birthday (29 January) and everything was healing nicely. I was washing it but sort of became a little loose with when and how often. I thought that I could start slowing down with that but I WAS WRONG. So, very wrong. They aren’t joking around when they tell you it takes 6-8 weeks to heal typically.

As I got a little lazy with cleaning, sometimes only cleaning it once every day, I started to notice it change. I began to get a lot more crusty stuff. As it heals, the amount of that is supposed to reduce but it just got so gross. The, that stuff started changing color. It was a more green or yellow color. As I was told by my piercer, I used a Q Tip to push the post out a bit just to clean it but when I did that this time, pus started oozing out of it. Not a lot, but it was clear what it was. I washed it super well and went to sleep. When I woke up I went to clean it and –BAM!

There was a bump right next to the piercing. It wasn’t particularly big, so I thought that maybe it could just be a pimple. I cleaned it and went off to school. When I came back, it had gotten bigger! I still tried to convince myself that it was just a pimple. As I pushed the post out some, it was a little harder to do. I pushed a little harder and it oozed everywhere and doing that actually pulled part of the skin around it off. I began to clean it but it started to bleed. This whole problem went on for a week and by then, it would have almost engulfed the whole thing in this bump. I knew I needed to figure out how to treat it instead of pulling all the skin off all the time. And after a few days, I got rid of it COMPLETELY. There’s no sign it ever happened. Here’s what I did:

First of all, just know that you SHOULD NOT remove your piercing if you can help. It will not help, it will be extremely painful to put back in. It doesn’t need time to “breathe” so do not worry about removing the jewelry.

I filled a cup up with extremely warm water nearly to the rim. You want to get the water as warm as you can stand but don’t burn yourself. I took sea salt (DO NOT USE TABLE SALT, EVER!) and poured a little at a time. The exact measurements other people have used 1/4 teaspoon per 8 oz. of water, but I honestly never measured. I read on one website that they just put in salt until it tasted like tears. I used a little more salt than that, but it shouldn’t make too much of a difference. I took one of those half sheet paper towels and folded it up into a square and dunked it into the cup. I squeezed out some excess saltwater and put it on my piercing for about 5 minutes. Then I got a new paper towel and did the same thing. I like to use paper towels because with Q Tips and cotton balls, little fibers can get stuck on the jewelry and it could take longer to heal. After those 10 minutes I put my nose directly into the cup until the salt water went over the piercing for about 2 minutes. You do not want to wash the sea salt solution off. Take some of the actual granules of sea salt and put them directly onto the bump. I completely covered the bump with salt. You might want to do this right before you go to bed so that you can have it on while you sleep. When  you get up the next morning, you might be able to see that the grain have soaked up some pus or blood if yours was bleeding like mine. Wash it off and clean as usual. I did this sea salt soak once or twice a day. When you push out the post a little to clean, you still might be pulling at your skin a lot. It is probably going to bleed but that’s okay.

You want to do this soak until you see that the bump has shrunken exponentially. For me, it only took about two days to get to that point but for some others it takes around two weeks. This is when I would advise for you to use Tea Tree Oil. You do not have to use it, the salt soak should take care of the issue eventually. I found that using the Tea Tree Oil at the end when it was already getting better was good because it took care of the very last part in about three hours. I put it on with a Q Tip and covered the whole piercing area, even on any area that didn’t have the bump. I went to check a few hours later and to clean it and the very last part of it popped off as I pushed the post out. It’s all better now, but I think I’m going to do these salt soaks every once in a while.

Remember that it’s not just caused by not cleaning enough. It can also be over cleaning or if you bump or pull it. It was a combination of not cleaning it enough and I got it caught in my towel which yanked at it really hard. This method really helped me and I’m sure it will help you as well. There are many other methods out there but this was the one that seemed the easiest to deal with.

Nose Piercing Update

For those of you who care, I’ve had my nose pierced for three weeks now! It’s been quite an adventure so far.

So to begin, when my mom picked me up the Sunday I had it pierced, my dad then suddenly said that if it gets infected, it’s gone. No exceptions. So that freaked me out a little bit because I normally have the worst possibility happen to me with situations like these. So I was like, damn. I don’t want to take it out! I like it a lot! So I have to clean it every 4-5 hours for 3-5 more weeks. I’m starting to get really lenient about this. Like today I only washed it once. BAD CALLAHAN! It’s not getting infected, though. That’s a good sign. And I’ll admit that I keep touching it to make sure it’s not sticking out. I’m trying to stop doing that because that’s so nasty. If you didn’t read the last post about this, Craig my piercer told me that the bacteria under your nails or on your fingers is equivalent to an infection in your butthole. Since he told me this, hand sanitizer has become my best friend.

In about 5 weeks, I can take it out and exchange it if I want. I don’t know if I will. I might just take it out so I can see how it goes back in. Nose piercings close up extremely quick so I’ll have to do it in a timely fashion. Pshh, I’m up for a challenge. It might bleed when I do it though. It’s fine though. I’m not afraid of blood. I just don’t like pain much. Who does, besides masochists? That’s some weird shit, by the way.

I’m having a small problem with the jewelry though. The part that’s inside my nostril keeps like flipping around and sometimes come out the bottom and you can see it. It’s very annoying. I think it’s slightly too big. Or too small. I have no idea.

Anyways, things have been running smoothly. Once I thought it was getting infected because there was a bit of liquid coming out of the hole when I was cleaning it but it’s okay, nothing happened past that. I think it was just a little discharge. Nothing to fret about!

I did have the misfortune of being sick with it in the first week. It was less of a mess than I thought it would be. You blow you nose as normal. Then you clean it. You have to make sure the whole post is clean though, nothing stuck on it. Easy task.

It’s not as hard to take care of it as you might think. I’ve had no really big issues. I don’t see any in the future either. Well, that’s all for this update!

This is a photo of my nose piercing.

Such A Stud! – Part 5

OMG.

Today (Jan. 29th) was my 16th birthday! I woke up quite early (9:30) so I could have a very eventful day. I did most of my celebrating other days this weekend so not much happened today.

Friday I drove my aunt and I up from Redmond to Everett and went to dinner at this Irish restaurant and bar place called Shawn O’Donnell’s. It was really fantastic. Not just the food but I loved the atmosphere so much. It made me feel like I was at home, even though it’s not like I’ve ever been to Ireland. We had this waitress and she has two dermal piercings on her chest, a nose piercing, her ears pierced in like four different places, and the spot right under her eye pierced. So this made my dad ask me if I still wanted my nose pierced. I was just thinking, “YES! Jesus, I’ve been waiting on you this whole time dude”. So he asked her if he should let me get my nose pierced. She immediately said yes. So my dad asked her why. She explained that if he let me get this now there’s less chance I’ll go crazy with piercings later. She had asked her parents for her bellybutton piercing but they had said no so she had her friend do it like a month after that. When she finally turned 18 she just went overboard and got like 12 piercings in 2 years. Well, of course my dad didn’t want that so…HE SAID YES!!! After that great news we went home and I had this kickass birthday cake. It had Swedish fish on it. 😛

Then came Saturday. I got to go to REI and get new camping gear. A new sleeping bag and backpack. So rad. Plus there was a really cute guy that helped us out. BONUS! My grandmother came over and we went to this really cute barbecue joint. It looked kind of run down when we got there but the food was SO GOOD. It was like edible heaven that I got to ingest.

And then: MY BIRTHDAY!!! This year by birthday was on a Sunday. LAME! But basically I got up and went to breakfast. We went back home, watched some episodes of House, and then my dad said that I could get my nose pierced right then. I was so excited but really nervous. We had to drive around a bit before we found a place that was open. And now I will describe to you my experience:

We were driving around Everett and we finally found one shop that was open. It was called The Everett Tattoo Emporium. It was pretty small and looked a bit suspicious from the outside. My dad went in to investigate and waved to me signaling it was all good to go in. I walked in and part of the shop was under construction but they still had part of the place available for use. The man who pierced  my nose, Craig, was really awesome. He was very clear with everything and wanted to make sure I understood everything before he pierced my nose. We signed the paperwork and went ahead with it. He brought over his little surgery tray thing with the jewelry, needle, Q Tips, dye, and that weird tube thing they stick up your nose to keep from the needle piercing anything else. I watched while he sterilized the needle and everything. He definitely didn’t waste any time. He cleaned my nose, put a little dot of dye to mark where he was gonna pierce, had me go check if that location was okay, and then I sat down in the chair thingy. He bent the nose jewelry so that it looped to fit my nostril. I decided to go with my right nostril to get the piercing in. He stuck the tube right up there. I felt a little prick when he set the needle on my nose and he told me to breathe in deeply. I exhaled and he stuck it through. Then he fed the jewelry through and it was good. Now let me just say, anyone who says it hurts a lot is a big baby. It pinched but it didn’t HURT. Maybe I just have a high pain tolerance. Doubt it. Anyways, my eyes started to water. Craig said that it happens with nearly everyone. He cleaned up the blood, and that’s when I started feeling light headed. I felt myself drifting away. It wasn’t the sight of blood, this just always seems to happen when I get a needle stuck in me. I sat there for like three minutes and waited to feel better. Craig put alcohol on my forehead to somehow cool me down or something and I was back to normal before I knew it. He gave me the smallest bit of water after. He let me chill there for like 5 minutes. Then I got to check it out in the mirror. I was impressed! You could still see the dye but that would wash off of course. He gave me an aftercare sheet and went over what to get. Basically he told me the Saline Wound Wash from Walgreens was PERFECT. I have to clean it every 4-5 hours. He said don’t touch it with my fingers because “the bacteria on your fingers right now is the equivalent of the bacteria in an infection in your butthole”. EW, CRAIG! To be fair he did warn me that it was going to be nasty. He admitted he was trying to scare me so I wouldn’t touch it. Hey, whatever works, Man. You can be sure I won’t be touching it now! I can’t take me jewelry out for about two months. That’s fine by me.

It’s been about 11 hours since I got it pierced and it’s a little sore. That’s to be expected though. I’m due for another cleaning in a hour. Everytime I yawn it kinda moves it in a weird way that doesn’t exactly feel great. But it’ll heal in time. Mostly it just feels bizarre. I can see the light reflecting off of it sometimes. I was planning on getting one with a jewel on the end but Craig said I couldn’t for the first one, the jeweled ones have too many cracks and areas for bacteria to get in. I’m not bothered by that. It still looks good. 🙂

I’m very pleased with this whole experience. More about it tomorrow!

Such a Stud! – Part 4

Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3.

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Well hello!

It’s been a while. Actually it’s been less than a week so I guess it hasn’t been that long since the last entry. But it’s felt like an ETERNITY! And I’ve felt like I needed to write something here for a few days. So we’ll start with this.

This is a progress update on my quest to acquire a nose stud (DORKY!). And I DO have some news.

It was odd. I talked to my dad on the phone I think a day or two after posting the last entry. I guess I expected him to mention something about the whole conversation we’d had. But it was sort of a surprise to me when he didn’t mention it. I thought maybe he forgot about it, which is a silly thought considering this is the man that kept insisting I had a whole pack of socks that he bought me. 6 years ago. So I figure if he can remember a pack of socks that long ago, he can remember a nose piercing just shy of 48 hours prior. Nevertheless, he did not bring it up.

I realized if we weren’t going to discuss it via cell phone we’d surely get this conversation running when I saw him on Friday when he picked me up. All ride home, I anticipated the moment that he’d start talking about it. But it never came.

Bizarre. Maybe he DID forget about it.

Saturday morning, we (my father, stepmother, baby brother, and myself) went to breakfast at this local restaurant Bob’s Burgers and Brew. We sat down and 5 short minutes later out waitress comes to our table and by the powers of the universe and just plain old luck, she herself HAD. A. NOSE. STUD. When I saw it, I knew my dad did, too. I was positive, for real this time, that we would discuss it that day. THAT HOUR. Frankly, I was pumped. I wanted to know what he thought. I’d been waiting to know. I didn’t bring it up myself because I honestly don’t believe pestering and nagging your parents for something really makes them want to do something for you.

At the end of the meal, he started telling my stepmother about what I’d asked him for. At first she thought he was joking but she soon realized it was anything but a trick. He asked her opinion on the situation, and her response was:

“To be honest, I think that I have nothing to do with this. That’s something between you, Callahan, and (my mom). I appreciate you considering me but it’s not my place to say.”

Astounding. She was actually mature for once and did the right thing. YAY! Score 1 for moi.

My father said, “Well, if it was anybody else, what would you think of it?”

-_-

She said, ” The only thing I have to say is you must keep it clean.”

DAMN, GIRL! You’re, like, totally on my side! 😀 (I knew she would be, considering she has her bellybutton pierced and two tattoos, but I didn’t expect THIS much support.)

So I think I MIGHT actually be able to make this happen! Basically if my stepmother says something’s good my dad will agree with whatever it is and do it. Sooo, I’d say I’m pretty much in the clear.

This makes me a Happy Panda!

Weee! Happy!

UPDATE: Basically the only people my dad can attribute nose rings to are “emo losers” or “hookers”. So I’m not sure which one he’s saying I am. I sincerely hope the former, if any. -_- And I thought I was making progress! (12/20/2011)

Such a Stud! – Part 3

Before reading this, please read Part 1 and Part 2 first.

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So, as you may have read in the second part, I sent my dad a text last night asking for permission to get my nose stud. Well, I didn’t have any word back by the time I woke up, so I shot him another text around 10 AM asking if he’d gotten my message. He had. His answer?

“You said it was a few months out. We’ll see. Depending on school, etc. Plus I will want to know some more info.”

What does this mean? MAYBE. So there’s a chance. I could tell at this point he didn’t like the idea. He asked me a few questions following that.

“For one, do you plan on getting a job in the next couple of years? Some places don’t allow people to wear them. Also, what started the interest? Be honest.”

To this, I just explained I’d actually like them for about a year but didn’t say anything because I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted a nose stud or if it was just a phase. I just figured it’d be okay to get it for my 16th birthday. If I didn’t like the stud, I could just take it out and let the hole close up. I said I knew some places didn’t allow them but I could either get a retainer, which is a clear stud just for making it more discreet, or just take it out for work. There wasn’t one thing that made me want one, I just liked them. About 4 hours later he replied.

“I want you to really think about it. I don’t think it is a good idea but will think about it.”

I’ve already thought about it for over a year (well, SERIOUSLY thought about it for about 6 months), but I said I’d think about it more. I am really hoping he realizes that a nose piercing isn’t permanent. It isn’t a big deal at all. It’s a little piece of metal. With a little bit of pretty on it. It’s totally removable (after the first 3 months, once it is healed) and it won’t be a problem. Sure, getting my nose pierced will increase my chances of getting some sort of infection but so will any piercing. And all of those are 100% treatable. I see why he wants everyone to think about it, but I just hope he doesn’t say no. Especially not if he says no because he personally doesn’t like them. To that I would say, ” Well, it’s a good thing it’s not you getting the piercing then, huh?”

Well, let’s just wait and see what happens. I’ll update tomorrow.

Such a Stud! – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a series of entries, so here is where to start.

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Ohhh God.

I just sent my dad the following text message:

For my 16th birthday, I want to get a nose stud. It wouldn’t be for two months but I didn’t want to do it without asking your permission first so can I please? We can talk more about it tomorrow on the phone, I just can’t be super distracted right now, I’m working on homework.

So basically, the can of worms has been opened. I can’t take it back now. He knows. HE KNOWS! To be honest, that last part of the text was a lie. I had JUST finished my homework right before sending it. I just am terrified of talking to him about it. I don’t want him to get mad. I don’t want him to tell me I can’t get the piercing. On second though, maybe I shouldn’t have included he fact that I was asking for it. It should have been more of a statement. Like, “Sooo by the way I’m getting my nose pierced for my 16th birthday. Just to let ya know. Bye.” He probably wouldn’t have appreciated that though.

I’m terrified of my dad. Not that he’s mean at all. But before EVERYTHING I do or before I post a status, I always think of what he’d say. And I change my mind then. I guess that’s not too terrible of a thing. Thinking twice about what you do or say. But I do not like it.

The thing is, I’m just simply not a bad kid. I don’t like going behind people’s backs. I’m pretty responsible. I am not a very spontaneous person; I like to think about everything before I do something. And a nose piercing isn’t BAD. Plus, it’s ultimately up to me what I want done to myself. My friend Krystine has a reasonably sound theory. She believes that the older generation for the most part doesn’t understand piercings. They think it looks ugly. Well, this makes tremendous sense to me, so I’m going with that.

I just REALLY hope he lets me get the nose stud. Because if he doesn’t let me…I’m going to go against what he says and get it anyway. That will be the first “major” act of defiance. But honestly, I’m not too worried. You can only get so upset about something that has no connection whatsoever to you. Like ME getting a nose piercing in MY nose.

So there.

Such a Stud! – Part 1

Hmm. What to do, what to do. There are so many factors.

So here’s the thing. For about a year and a half (since the middle of 8th grade), I have wanted something. To modify my impeccable face in some way. And after seeing a few chicks at my school with these modifications, I was SURE I wanted it for myself. I want to get a nose piercing. BAM! There it is. It’s simple. But there are so many things I must decide on before getting my nose pierced. I’ve decided on the following:

-I do NOT want a septum piercing. Those are the fugliest things on planet Earth. Now, they aren’t bad for everyone. There are a handful of individuals who can rock that thing. But no, I am not one of those people.

Lookin' like a bull.

-I do not want a ring of any kind. Maybe some day in the future I’ll try an uber-thin one, but not for a long while. I’m going to go with a stud. Of some kind.

Nice and subtle, if not CLASSY!

And that’s really all I’ve decided on. I still need to figure out:

-What kind of stud to get (silver ball thing, jewel, etc.).

-Which side of my face to get it on.

-Where to go to get it done.

-When to get it done.

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The Wonderful, Talented, and Amazing KRYSTINE!

My best friend Krystine and I both want to get nose piercings. We are most likely going to get it in around two months. We both turn 16 in January 2012 (Aww yeah, buddy!) so we’re thinking then. We both possibly want a jeweled one. I’m not sure about her, but I think I’m going to go with just a fake diamond looking jewel. Or maybe dark green.

I know it's fake but IT'S SO PRETTY!

It would be the one that says Left Nostril next to it.

Krystine wants hers on her right side so I figured I’ll maybe get my left. Plus, I’ve read a lot about which side to pierce it and I think that’s what I’m going with. Apparently girls in Northern India pierce the left side of their nose right before getting married (though the same happens in Southern India but they pierce the right side). Getting a nose piercing on the left side has it’s benefits if you believe in Ayurvedic medicine, too! According to Ayurveda, when the nose is pierced, it helps in reducing the pain during childbirth and may have some positive effects on conditions like endometriosis. Oh, what fun!

Now, I have to figure out where to go to get the piercing done. I want to go to a reputable place. I really do not want to endure Claire’s piercing services again. It’s not that they did a horrible job, but the girl seemed kind of clueless when I got my ears pierced. Then again, I was only 4 years old. In the state of Washington, piercing parlors are not legally required to sterilize or replace any equipment after any use. This scares me.

I was nervous before to tell my mom I wanted a nose piercing. I’ll admit that I started to bring it up but I soon regretted this. She was too quick and noticed, so my mother kept prying until I told her. She said it was totally fine with her. Yay, VICTORY! She wanted to make appointment for me, but I said I wanted to wait until January. Mostly so Krystine and I can get ours together but also, I want two months to think about if that’s really what I want to do.

It made me just a wee bit sad when my mom was totally down for the piercing. I had prepared reasons why she should let me.

-Shows my individuality (*GAG*).

-Looks purdy (this means “pretty” if you’re not familiar with that ridiculous way of incorrectly spelling it).

-If I didn’t like it, I could just take the stud out and let it close up.

I’ll admit, I didn’t spend much time formulating these. But I thought it’d get the job done. Maybe. But not really.

All in all, I’m glad she was totally fine with me getting it. That’s one parent down, one to go. Convincing my dad is going to be a tough one. This is the man that helped buy me a 1970 Dodge Challenger. The man that made me ride on the back of his motorcycle all the time. The man that actually took me to get my ears pierced at 4 years old without my mother’s consent. If you looked at these, you might be thinking, “Well, it’s OBVIOUS he’d be behind this whole nose-piercing business!” You’d be wrong, my friend. This is also the man that didn’t let me ride my bike around the neighborhood until about 4 years ago. The man that won’t let me go to the mall with my friends because a parent won’t be there. The man that doesn’t let me walk to Starbuck’s by myself even TODAY. Surely, he’d be pissed if I showed up at his house with a piece of metal through my nose. My mother thinks I should just not tell him because I don’t really have to anyways. It’s my body, and not even a big deal. She put it this way: If you  got a new haircut, would you alert everyone you know about it before doing it? Probably not. Because it has nothing to do with them, what you choose to do to yourself. They’ll find out soon enough. Some people may like it, others might not. But who cares? It’s for you, not anyone else.

This is true. But I don’t really want to hide this from my dad. He’ll just be more upset that I didn’t tell him. Jesus, it’s so complicated. Just to get a damn jewel on my nose.

Nobody can tell me different. I AM getting this piercing. The question is when to tell my dad – before or after….

These are the questions that taunt me.