Septum Piercing Infection – What Causes It And How To Deal With It

For some reason, there’s still hype about septum piercing. I like that you can have the piercing anytime and enjoy the jewels. However, there’re a few things you must know before you pierce your septum.

Septum-piercing infections can be hard to handle, but with the right information, then you can seek help when needed.

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Of course, it’s not every day that you will find people developing an infection, but sometimes it happens.

Nowadays, there are more celebrities with septum piercing, and we want to look like them. I do like piercings, but I’m one of those with susceptible skin, and anything that triggers it will cause a reaction.

Here’s one last topic to consider before you do it for those who are still so much into the piercing.

What is a septum piercing infection?

Often the needle goes through the septum, and that’s then the part where you will set the jewel.

Any infection that will occur may only occur when you have the bacteria getting into the pierced parts. This is when we say that the piercing is infected.

If you leave the infection without treating it, you can expect it to harm. Of course, if you also leave it untreated, then it will continue to cause harm.

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Notice that if you left the piercing unattended then, you could expect the infection to spread. Well, you don’t want that to happen; instead, you should take care of it.

Remember, these piercings can become life-threatening if you don’t treat them right.

What causes septum infections?

Infections will occur as a result of the bacterial increase. I know you will ask, where do the bacteria come from? Well, it will come from your hands.

Staphylococci and other bacteria are often present in our hands all the time. So the easiest way to avoid bacterial transfer is to keep off touching it.

Quit wiping the bacteria, touching them, and even rubbing them. Make a conscious decision to only touch the piercing when you have thoroughly cleaned your hands. When the bacteria finally multiply, then you can be sure to have infections.

What causes the infections

It’s unnecessary to talk about infections when we are not going to talk about what causes them.

  • Unsterilized needles

I know you may already think who uses an unsterilized needle for piercings. Well, some people still do, or they sometimes haven’t sterilized it properly.

Sadly, you can be subject to different kinds of blood diseases when you use such needles. This is why I say you should go to a professional if you are going to pierce your septum.

When you visit a professional studio, you can be sure that even the things they use for the process are clean.

  • General and regular infections

This is the most common style of infection. This one will occur from using almost anything. The conditions arise from something as simple as touching the parts.

The most common show is when you realize the piercing’s redness doesn’t go away even 2-3 weeks later.

Sometimes you will have the yellow or green pus discharge that’s also causing soreness and tenderness. This will occur when you touch the pierced sites.

You will develop bleeding in some cases, but you also form bumps swelling, and a painful look in others. Well, in such cases, then you may need to seek the doctor’s advice.

  • Alcohol-induced inflammation

I don’t think it will always result in serious problems, but it sometimes does. Although some people prefer to use it as a disinfectant, it will generally cause inflammation and very uncomfortable swelling.

Let the doctor advise you on this, and if they, therefore, say that you should use the alcohol, it’s okay, but if not, you ought to keep off.

  • Wrong jewelry

Although it looks not realistic, it will cause infections from time to time. If you choose incorrect jewels, then you can be sure it will cause a problem too.

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The difference occurs when you choose the wrong size and material. Remember, some people will react to nickel and other metals.

You see, we have different kinds of jewels, and they come in different styles, but not all of them will match your body needs, which is why you need to be sure you choose the right ones.

  • Blood build up and fluids

Sometimes the pain may occur as a result of blood build-ups. So if you notice an uncomfortable swelling or feeling, you can be sure the piercing was done wrongly and probably on your capillaries.

So then contact your doctor if you notice this or even worse. Sometimes though, it’s critical to remove the jewel and let it block again.

  • It could be a septal hematoma.

This will rarely occur, but it happens sometimes. It’s the most dangerous infection. This will go as far as causing difficulty in breathing. It’s easy to tell when you have it because the first thing is you’ll notice you have congestion but without a cold.

Sometimes though, you will have piercing swelling. When this happens, then there’s a need to see a doctor every time. The bottom line, it’s rare for one to develop an infection, so there’s nothing to worry about in this case.

Is my favorite septum piercing infected?

Septum piercing means you pierce the cartilage or the sweet spot, but you will feel the pain for some time since it’s thicker.

Therefore, it’s hard to tell whether this is an infection or just a typical method of healing.

It won’t hurt as much, but it may be uncomfortable for the next few weeks.

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Notice, though, that there’s a difference between chronic pain and infection. In the end, you ought to know whether the pain is off the rails or not.

First, get rid of the infection, but you will only do so if you know how the condition looks.

  • Check your discharge, and if it’s white, then it’s okay, but if it’s yellow or greenish, it’s probably infected. The sooner you seek medical attention for the same, the better.
  • Is there swelling? If you have one, you should check, and if you notice it’s hot, you will know the parts are infected. Sometimes you will find that it swells uniquely.
  • Keep checking, and if you notice that the swelling that formed is not going down weeks after it started, then it may be time to go for a checkup.

Can I treat the septum piercing?

To be on the safe side, it’s better to use the prevention mechanism to prevent even further pains. So it would help if you made an aftercare routine, as you will see below.

  • Use the saline solution.

So you can take some distilled water and then add your sea salt. Finish off by stirring it all up. When you then have this solution, you can make sure you apply it on the pierced parts every day to keep it clean. The essence is to speed the healing while also keeping the bacteria off.

You will also use this same solution if you have an infection to kill the bacteria while you clean it. If possible, you can clean it once in the morning, then once in the evening.

In cleaning it, therefore, you keep it free of bacteria. They will drain the parts making them accessible and open throughout the time.

  • Use antibiotics

If you notice that it’s excessively painful, then you will need antibiotics. The sooner you take them, the better, especially when you realize that the infection is increasing.

You will sometimes have a fever and chills, which then means you might be getting worse. Of course, when you go to the doctor, they’ll prescribe some form of antibiotic, depending on how bad it is.

It’s upon you though, to make sure you finish the antibiotics. This then will make it easy for you never to experience the problem again.

What will happen after the septum piercing infection?

Once you have the septum piercing infection, you can be sure to need a lot of time. Of course, it will heal with time and mostly after about 6-8 weeks.

But for it to heal fully, you will need about six months, especially when you realize it has an infection for longer. The best thing is to take care of the septum piercing such that you avoid infection.

Check your jewel metal.

Aside from the familiar piercing problem, sometimes you may develop a reaction when your skin reacts with the jewels in question. If you have read the previous blogs, you will notice that some metals cause allergic reactions.

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Notice that the reactions will occur as a result of nickel and other metals that are present. If this is, therefore, the case, then you can be sure you need other metals.

Therefore, if you have surgical steel metal, you can be sure it will never cause you such an infection. Alternatively, go for metals that are known to be safe and won’t cause reactions. You still have sterling silver, rose gold, titanium, to mention a few.

Can I prevent further infections?

There will be ways to avoid future infections that will make it all safe to use if you therefore follow. Do the following if you want to prevent future infections.

  • Keep your hands away.

Of course, you should make sure you keep your hands off and don’t touch that part of your nose as it will most likely become septic. Sometimes you may want to flip the jewels for work. If this is something you’re considering, wash your hands fast to make sure you don’t transfer bacteria.

  • Soak in a saline solution

When you decide to soak your piercing at least once a day, you will heal sooner. The good thing is that you will make it at home you don’t need to buy it. Soak the pierced parts in the solution. Because it acts as an antiseptic, thus making you get rid of bacteria.

  • Sometimes you may use anti-inflammatory.

If you notice that the pain is not going away as fast as you need it, you can use some of the medications to reduce the inflammation.

Nonetheless, don’t overdo the inflammatory drugs remember. If you further feel like the inflammation is excessive, you can seek medical advice or a piercer.

Is it okay for me to use the new style of septum piercing

Of course, you can, but be sure you know where you pierce because often, this is when you find the soft tissues being injured.

It will further even cause more pain because the parts where they pierce have nerve endings will mean it’s more painful.

You can use the nose screws for the piercing to screw them in and then out when you like.


You may have learned a lot about septum piercing, but most of the things you learned already aren’t giving you enough information. In most cases, this will mean faster healing of the piercing rather than delaying it.

Finally, always go to the professional piercer because they know where to pierce. Others may pierce the wrong parts causing infections.

If you can, keep the parts clean at all times but never remove the jewel, emphasizing the infections. Also, use the right gems if you want to have a safe body reaction.

Remember, the piercer is expected to sign a consent form just as you do too. You will further receive some guidance on the precautions to take as well as the after-care. When you know how to care for it, then you are sure to have it heal efficiently.

So there you have it about the piercing infections. Most of the infections that would normally occur are the types that you can literary avoid.

What I expect

  • It shouldn’t be too painful to make the septum piercing.
  • Sometime you may also have nose bleeding.
  • You may develop a fever and inflammation too.

Nonetheless, it shouldn’t be to the extreme, so you can be sure it’s something you can handle. Go out and pierce your nose. If you have other questions, though, you can feel free to ask below or check our FAQs.

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