Nose Piercing Bump – What Causes It And How To Deal With It

A nose piercing bump has a way to ruin your piercing moment, especially since it’s weird looking and just right on your face.

No one wants to think they may develop this bump during the healing moments. This is why people want to get rid of it sooner.

But do you know what a nose piercing bump is and how you can finish it? In this article, we give you the same details to get you prepped in case it ever occurs.

This dreaded bump will occur in your not fully healed piercing. So you can expect it from day one to the time it heals.

What’s a nose piercing bump?

When the piercing begins to heal, you can have an itchy sensation on any part of the skin.

You’ll also have the white pus oozing from the piercing. Don’t worry about the pus if it’s not yellow or brown as that’s the regular kind.

nose piercing bump

Also, you will have a crust forming around the piercing and the jewel you have on.

Notice, though, that it may take up to six months for the piercing to fully heal.

Now, while you expect to see regular changes as it’s healing, watch out for something out of the norm. The most common one, though, is a swollen bump.

The bump can also be either of these three types.


At least if you don’t know the other types of bumps, you will be knowing the keloids. It features the raised over bumping of the scar tissues. You will have them whenever there’s a skin injury at any time.


This is a pimple swelling that contains yellowish pus. Precisely you can have them being larger than either the white or blackheads.

Nose Piercing Infections

Notice that the pustules can be a red bump with a white center or sometimes a white bump with a tough center.


This occurs when theirs an inflammation. It brings together the immune cells that we refer to as macrophages. It will mostly happen when the cells were trying to get rid of the foreign elements; then, they couldn’t do so.

Understand that the bump occurring on your nose piercing is not only on the surface area but also within the piercing. Don’t be in a hurry to clear the bump because you may get frustrated. You will find it easier to clear the outer bump but not the one formed on the inside.

What do you expect with the bumps?


In an exemplary scenario, you will find that the bump is not even painful. But this will happen even more when you have a release action. If you experience excruciating pain around the area of that piercing, you’ll need to seek medical advice.

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Does it have pus, though?

By now, you will understand that pus on your piercing can be expected just as long as it’s not yellowish or brown. You may want to squeeze it out, but don’t squeeze it the normal way if you notice that you have a pustule.

If you want the piercing to heal sooner, then you should not do it. Let nature take its course or, better yet, go to a doctor to help you deal with it. Anything you do remember may cause an infection, and it will then threaten your health either.

It has blood

You don’t expect to bleed as much when you pierce your nose, but a little bleeding is okay. If we are talking of granuloma, know that you will deal with the bleeding. On the contrary, keloids don’t always bleed.

What if the bump is also infected?

Sometimes you may have to deal with the fact that the bump is infected. Nonetheless, don’t remove the jewel with such infections.

It’s common to have an infected bump since the piercing, while healing hosted bacteria and viruses. It’s also a way for it to release the same in the air.

What causes the bumping?

You can never be very clear with the body reactions that cause bumping. Just know that it can be almost anything you see below and more.

The piercing technique

There is a reason why I say you should go to an experienced piercer. They have skills on where to pierce and how to go about it right with the aim of making sure it heals sooner. But no not all of your piercers are like that.

Forget about anyone who talks of a piercing gun on your nose; however, they make it look flowery. Remember, the hollow needles are the best in this case. This method is going to be gentle on your skin.

Nonetheless, we have the newest kind of gun that pushes the jewel into the nose safely but does not fire as the regular needle does. If you want to use the gun, ask them which type of gun you can have.


Unfortunately, your nose will not heal if you won’t take good care of it after the piercing. Some people don’t clean their noses and yet they want to touch them frequently.

If you don’t want to attain any form of infection, it’s best to focus on aftercare. Do everything as per instruction, and you will have it heal even earlier.

The safest product to use for aftercare is the saline solution. It will help to clean the piercing while fighting bacteria. Most people use sea salt water.


Before you touch your nose, even if that means you’re cleaning it, then you should thoroughly wash your hands and disinfect them to prevent the spread of the bacteria.

You don’t want the bacteria in your hands to go into the piercing, thus halting the healing.

So if you don’t frequently clean your hands, you can be sure it will cause bumps, among other infections.

Sometimes the trauma

Remember, the nose piercing is right on your face, and sometimes you can get ahold of things to buy accidents. When you then pull it, you can cause bumps. Of course, you will feel the stinging pain, but it’s possible to develop bumps after that.


Are you the type with allergic skin? Such people may react to even the slightest piercings. Although sometimes the reactions occur based on the jewels we decide to wear. If you used a nickel metal for your jewels, you could be sure you will have a problem.

Other causes

Tissue damage

This is the most probable to occur when you accidentally knock the jewel or pull it. This is also why we say you should never remove the jewel earlier.

Trapped fluid

Sometimes your body decides to do its own thing where you have the fluids held in the piecing. Through this, you will most likely create a bump or regular infections.


Therefore, if you go to the pool with your unhealed wounds, you can be sure it will cause bumps and infection. Remember, we had said that the bacteria in the pool will get into your piercing.

If you clean in excess.

Although you are called upon to keep the piercing clean, you should make sure you don’t over-clean to be safe.

But when is it so severe that it needs medical attention?

Generally, you can expect a level of redness and swelling, but you should go to the hospital when it surpasses the regular symptoms.

If you notice that you have excruciating pain around the piercing site, it’s more than the regular, and you should seek medical attention.

Is it just too uncomfortable, or it’s also tender around the piercing? This will always show you that you need the doctor for the same.

When your piercing is oozing some yellow or brown pus and discharge, sometimes it’s even smelly. This shows you that you need a doctor quickly.

The sooner you, therefore, go to your piercer of a doctor, the better for you. You can also go to their medical practitioners to see whether it’s something bad or okay.

At this point, though, you shouldn’t remove the jewel unless you are ready to let the piercing go. If you remove the jewel, then the piercing will close since it’s full of moisture.

How do resolve the effects of the harsh bump?

Clean it two or three times a day

I know it will not be because of the cleaning, but to be on the safe side, make sure you clean it two to three times a day. If you go to the piercer for consultation, ask her how many times you should wash it.

After that, remember to wash your hands every time you want to touch the piercing for whatever reason.

If you recommend a specific cleaner for your piercer, you can use it—nonetheless, the milder the cleaners or the solution you use to clean your piercing, the better.

Avoid picking the crust forming around the piercing.

Don’t also move the jewel around. It’s not true that they will help with the healing; instead, they will cause tissue puncturing.

Soak the piercing to clean it

Also, you can use the soaking method. The best way to go about it is to use sea salt and water for the soaking.

You can then soak a cotton bud in a paper towel for a minute.

Take the clothing then press it over your piercing for about 5-10 minutes. Expect it to sting if you still have a wound, and then it will loosen the crust.

You can use the cotton bud to remove the crust and rinse the piercing as well gently.

Some people encourage you to use tea tree oil.

The one good thing about it is that it’s a natural antifungal antiseptic and antibacterial. It will quickly dehydrate your nose-piercing bump.

With this, you can expedite the healing process. It will further reduce the infection possibility and reduce any inflammation.

Be on the watch, though, because the oil may even cause the reactions.

Always conduct a patch test to find out if you are reactive with the tea tree oil or not.

Follow the aftercare procedure to the latter.

If you conducted proper care to the piercing, the chances are that you will never develop the infection or bumps. Again the piercer will show you how to look after the piercing.

Aside from cleaning the piercing, then you should do the following to be free of the bump.

  • Never remove the piercing before the healing time is out. Expect to heal your piercing in about 4-6 months.
  • Please don’t play with the jewel or knock it ever.
  • If you have to go swimming, then you should wear waterproof clothes over the nose.
  • It would help if you didn’t use the lotion and makeup around this area to be sure it won’t form the bump.

Check the jewel you used

Sometimes the jewels may cause a reaction on your skin. Since you are allergic to some elements, you should make sure you never use jewels to cause allergic reactions. Always buy the hypoallergenic gems or the ones that are free of nickel.

You can use a warm compress.

If you press the bump with a warm compress, then you may drain the fluid quickly. So you can make it work by soaking the clean cloth in water then pressing it on the bump to drain it.

How can I prevent the bump?

The main thing that will cause the bump is tissue damage and infections. These are then things you can easily avoid.

The firth thing to do in preventing the bump is to seek the services of a professional who will then pierce your nose in the most hygienic method. When they do so, then you can avoid infections.

Maintain cleanliness to maintain hygiene, therefore.

If you can, too, avoid the knocking or twisting, the better to prevent tissue damage. Please don’t remove the jewel before it’s fully healed.

It would help if you were gentle when handling it and also watch out for infections to help cure it as soon as it occurs.

Do you know your history in regards to piercings? If you develop bumps so often, then maybe you shouldn’t pierce your nose. If you are, however, ready for it, then you can prevent its occurrence.


Will the piercing bump cause damage in the long run?

It will depend on the kind of bump we are talking about. If we are talking of granulomas, then yes, over time, they go away.

If you leave it alone, then it will go away soon; thus, no damage. You can keep using the saline solution and seek the dermatologists’ advice too.

As for the keloids, you can be sure they won’t entirely go away. Remember, they feature scar bumps, so the only way to get rid of them is by some form of surgery. Never start picking the keloids too, as that will worsen the situation.

The bump won’t go away; what should you do?

I know it’s frustrating, mostly when you just did everything possible, but still, the bump remains. When this then happens, you will need to seek medical advice.

If you can’t go to a doctor, then go to your former piercer to advise you best. This is why I encourage people to seek the service of a professional.

Sorry, but if it keeps on, you may have to let the piercing go because when the doctors can give you a remedy, maybe your body rejects the piercing.

Is it ever okay for me to pop my nose bump?

No, you shouldn’t, especially when we are talking of the keloids and the granulomas; you will not have anything to pop out, so keep off. I know the pustules can be tempting, especially since they look so much like the regular pimple but don’t pop it.

If you pop it, you give room for the piercing to get severe and maybe even more dangerous. Only go to your piercer or doctor for help and guidance.

When will the bump fast appear?

The healing period of the piercing can go up to six months. And the bump will show off during the first months or weeks of the healing duration.

This is the sole reason why you should maintain the utmost care when you just pierced your nose. It’s more like a fragile baby for you.

How long will the piercing bump last?

There’s no specific date for this one as it varies from person to person. As for keloids, they will last longer or until you go for surgery, but the pustules will go away on their own.

They tend to burst open, thus releasing the pus. And the granuloma goes on its own too. So it would help if you gave it time, but I don’t know how long it will take.

So are the bumps permanent?

In most cases, no, they aren’t. You will develop the bumps for different reasons. Don’t worry the same way they came, in the same manner; they’ll soon veer away.

But are they normal?

Yes, they are, and they are also common, so nothing big to worry about with them.

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