Considering nose piercing? Here are some dangers

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 19, 2015

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  • Nasal piercing can cause infections.
  • Jewellery swallowing is a common problem.
  • Piercing can lead to necrosis of nasal wall.
  • Piercing in the nose can cause formation of septal hematoma.

Body piercings are the `in thing’ right now, and the most popularly pierced body part has always been the nose. Sometimes, for traditional reasons and at times to stay trendy, common areas of nose that are chosen for piercing are nostrils, the septum and the bridge.

Dangers of nose piercing

No matter which area you choose for piercing, one thing you must never forget is that there is always a healing time associated with every piercing and it varies for each location.

While a nostril piercing takes about two to four months to heal, the bridge area heals between eight and 10 weeks and the septum can take around six to eight months.

Similar to how the time of healing varies for every location of piercing, the risks associated with nasal piercing are also specific to the location. However, some dangers of nasal piercing can be common to all three locations. Let’s have a look.


Nose piercings can cause infections, and as suggested by the American Academy of Family Physicians, nasal piercing infections need aggressive treatments with antibiotics to combat Staphylococcus species, which is commonly found in nasal mucosa.

Jewellery swallowing, aspiration, migration

Jewellery swallowing and aspiration mostly occurs with nostril and septum piercing. Jewellery used in nasal piercings can get swallowed or aspirated through nasal cavity or it can migrate forward from its original position. Besides, another problem associated with nasal jewellery is that it can be pulled out making the jewel become embedded in the wall of the nose, which can only be removed through surgical procedure.

Dangers of nose piercing

Necrosis of nasal wall

One of the most common problems associated with nose piercings is necrosis of nasal wall. Necrosis means localized death of living cells, and nasal piercings put both lateral walls of the nose at risk for necrosis.

Perichondritis of nasal wall

Nasal piercings put you at risk for perichondritis of the nasal wall. A thick membrane of the connective tissue wrapping around most cartilage in human body is known as perichondritis, and piercing in the nose puts the perichondritis at risk for developing inflammation.

Formation of septal hematoma

Nasal piercing can cause septal hematoma, which causes bleeding or bleeding in the septum. Septum is the area of skin and cartilage that separates the two nostrils. Signs of a hematoma usually include nasal congestion, difficulty breathing and painful swelling.

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