Nose Piercing Bump

When you get a nose piercing, it is extremely common for a bump to form on your nose. Although this is sometimes just caused by scar tissue, it is often due to an infection. If you have a raised red bump, it indicates that there is an infection that could end up leading to scar tissue. This bump may develop anywhere from a month to a few days after your piercing.

If scar tissue does develop, it is called a keloid and it may remain forever on your nose. You must be especially vigilant after getting a nose piercing to make sure that it does not end up becoming a bump. Make sure to clean your nose piercing every day to prevent an infection and scarring. If you do end up with a nose piercing bump, you can use some of the following home remedies to treat it. When these treatments do not work to heal the nose piercing bump, you may need to get medical care so that it does not become a scar.

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How to Heal Your Nose Piercing Bump

In general, a nose piercing bump is fairly easy to treat with home remedies. Known as granulomas and pustules, these problems can be dealt with over the counter drugs like hydrocortisone creams or prescribed antibiotic gels. Pustules normally need to be treated with prescribed medication since they are a sign of a more intense infection. If there is scar tissue or an abscess, you need to get medical help because these can lead to blood infections or other problems.

1. Make an Aspirin Paste

If you have some aspirin, you can easily make a treatment for your nose piercing bump. Aspirin is known for being an anti-inflammatory, so it can reduce the redness, swelling and inflammation. Mix a bottle of aspirin into a glass with only a little water so that it dissolves into a paste. Afterward, apply the mixture each night before you sleep over the next few days. During this time, the aspirin paste will help to remove the irritation and allow the infection to drain. You will also want to continue to clean your nose piercing during this time like you normally would.

2. Use a Compress Made of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is great for resolving inflammation and redness. All you need to do is place the tea bags in warm water before you press them onto the bump. Allow the tea bag to sit on the bump for ten minutes. When it starts to lose heat, you can place it into the hot water again so that it heats up again.



3. Use Basic Sea Salt

Sea salt is an entirely natural way to help remove inflammation and treat an infection. You just need to make a solution of sea salt and warm water. Afterward, dip a cotton ball into the solution and place the cotton ball onto your nose. You can used this treatment up to twice a day for 20 minutes each time. Once you do the treatment, you may want to rinse your nose with water so that the salt does not dry out around it and cause your skin to peel. If you use this treatment regularly, it will work to clear up minor infections.

4. Tea Treat Oil

If your nose piercing bump is not healing, then you may want to use tea tree oil instead. Use a few drops of tea tree oil in another type of oil like almond or coconut oil. Afterward, use a cotton ball or cotton swab to apply it to the bump. Tea tree oil is extremely powerful for killing germs and bacteria, so it can heal your nose as long as you use it once or twice a day. You do not want to use it too much though, or it can dry out your nose or irritate it.

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Should I Change Out My Piercing?



Sometimes, individuals have an allergy for certain types of jewelry. The nose bump could be caused by an infection or by using a metal that you are allergic to. If you have been using a cheap, nickel-based piercing, you will want to switch it to something that is made out of metals like stainless steel, titanium or niobium. In addition, you need to make sure that you are using the right type of metal for home remedies. Sea salt and tea tree oil may interact weirdly with different metal types, so you need to make sure that you are using high-quality, safe metal for your nose piercing.

What Are the Types of Piercing Bumps?

Nose piercing bumps are not always a sign of an infection. Sometimes, it is just caused by extra tissue or scar tissue. Asian and black populations are more likely to develop a keloid than other races, while everyone can end up having a granuloma that could drain a clear fluid. These types of bumps do not mean that it is infected—it could just be caused by scar tissue.

It is always possible that your nose piercing bump could be due to an infection. If it is, then the bump will look like a pimple and there will be pus. The pus that is around the infection is a sign that your piercing is infected and your body is trying to isolate the infection by creating an abscess around it. When this happens, you may need to visit a doctor. You will normally be able to tell if you have an infection because the bump will look like a pimple, appear inflamed or pink and be tender to the touch.

If you have scar tissue, you may need to get professional medication attention. Likewise, you will need to go the doctor if the bump does not heal on its own or it remains after three weeks of home remedies and treatments. Any fever, dark streaks or smelly discharge is a sign of a more severe infection and you may need to see your doctor for extra help.

84 COMMENTS

  1. Hi I have a nose bump and it is reddish and yellow pus comes out of it once in a while do you think its a keloid?

    • It probably is. Make sure to clean it and keep an eye on it for now. Coconut oil may help to soften the skin and help it heal. If it becomes worse, go to your doctor. Good luck, Sophia!

  2. I got my nose pierced in December. I wear a nose ring. Right now I have a tiny bump near the top of my ring. I cannot seem to get my nose ring out. What should I do?

    • Try turning your nose ring once or twice a day to help it loosen up. The hole may have also grown smaller than the ball at the tip of the piercing, so that could also be preventing it from leaving–other than asking a piercing specialist to help, you could also just try to pull it through the hole anyway, but it will hurt.

    • I would not pick at it because it could become infected. Your body is trying to heal on its own, so I would just let it be. Some people have also had luck with using sea salt to rinse their nose bump and reduce its size. Don’t ever pick the skin off though–it won’t help and could cause scarring.

    • Most of the options that it will actually treat it permanently are only available at a doctor’s office. You could visit your dermatologist to find out the best options available.

  3. I got my nose pierced about 3 weeks ago and this morning I woke up with blood around my piercing and now I have this bump next to my stud it doesn’t hurt or anything but it looks like it’s a red little sack filled with blood. Is this a sign of infection?

    • It may be a sign of infection. You will want to remove the piercing and take care of the hole. It is also possible that it was moved around during your sleep, and the swelling and blood may go away on its own. Monitor it at this time. Take action soon. Best of luck, Kae!

  4. I have been using the sea salt method for about a week and also using alcohol on it to clean off the salt afterwards. There is not a tremendous change, but I can tell that the bump has shrunk a tad bit. At first it appeared larger in size but now looking at it, it has actually gotten smaller. I am considering trying the tea and maybe applying the coconut oil at night before bed, but I plan to only use my methods of alcohol and sea salt for the next week and see what happens.

    • Thank you for sharing the results of the experiences. It is great to see that our community is applying these techniques and sharing. Please let us know how everything works in the future. Have a great day, Kb!

  5. I got my nose pierced in around august and its been more than 6 months. I got a bump immediately one month after my piercing tried the sea salt remedy it got smaller but didnt go away. But I didnt know what else to do it wasn’t that noticeable so I didn’t mind. Now, just this week I think I got sick from my nose area like a cold or something and the bump got 10 times bigger. It looks SO nasty and I can tell it’s filled with something. I just did the aspirin paste so lets see what happens. Sea salt did not work for me it just dried out the whole area around my nose and it still has dry skin no matter how much I exfoliate. I dont recommend that idea. But is there anything else I can do? I dont think I can afford to get it drained from a professional its probably expensive

    • It would be best for you to remove the piercing and attempt to let it heal. You should speak with a professional to care for it. You may also want to speak with someone who does piercings. They may be able to fix your problem for a small fee. Good luck, Sarah!

  6. I got my nose pierced on January 8th of this year. All was fine for the first week or so, then I started to develop a bump near the piercing site. When I got my nose pierced, the piercer recommended that I use Bactine to clean it twice daily, I trusted this advice, especially since my friend who took me to this place had his nose heal using it. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, I began looking on the internet (like all of us have done), and discovered that Bactine is actually NOT recommended for piercings, according to Bactine’s own website. I went to my doctor, she prescribed me antibiotics, and I began sea salt soaks (twice daily) and applying tea tree oil to the bump. After about a week, I noticed the bump began to shrink. All seemed to be getting better until my stud began to sink into the hole, then the bump came back. I went to another shop, where the piercer removed my stud and replaced it with a hoop (bad idea, I’ll get to that), and let me know that my stud had actually created a scar because it had become awkwardly twisted in my nose and was embedding itself into the surrounding tissue. I got the stud removed and replaced with the hoop, all was fine, bump was clearing up then bam…out of nowhere here comes the bump again, and it’s even bigger this time. I call the shop and speak to the piercer, she says I can come by the shop and she’ll see what my options are. I go to the shop, she pricks the bump with a very fine needle, careful not to rip the skin, and drains it of the blood and clear liquid, then removes the hoop and places in a steel stud with a longer post. The reason why the hoop had caused the bump to come back is because my piercing is still relatively fresh, hasn’t healed fully which takes about 4 months and the hoop moves around a lot more than a stud. I got the new steel stud on Saturday (March 4th), today is March 8th and the bump has completely flattened, all that remains now is a slightly raised scab which will go away as it continues to heal. For anyone experiencing this bump that just doesn’t seem to want to go away, I’ve been where you are and I was desperate for something to work, changing the piercing (because it may be the metal causing the infection) and letting a professional drain it is the best solution from my experience. I do the sea salt soaks twice a day (inside the nose with a Q-tip and outside with a square piece of paper towel soaked in the solution at the same time), followed by tea tree oil applied directly to the bump (inside and outside the nose), and I also wash my nose with Dr Bronner’s Pure Castille soap (purchased at Target). I hope this helps, and good luck.

    • It seems like you may have commented twice on this one. I have to answer and approve each comment individually, so it may take me a bit to get around to them all sometimes. If you do not see your post right away, do not worry because you will. Thanks for commenting!

      • No worries, I commented twice to ensure it gets seen, once as a reply to an earlier comment and the second at a comment on it’s own. I’m just here to help others in this unfortunate predicament, thanks a lot.

  7. Hi,
    Ive gotten my nose pierced three months ago and it has had a red bump (sometimes puss or blood comes out) for a month, and it would not go away. I have tried most of these remidies suggested above and it has still yet to go down. I have recently gone to my GP And he has prescribed a seven day antibiotics treatment (taking 4 pills a day) and still not much has changed. I am unaware of what it could be. Please help.

    • Your nose is infected. If the medication is not working, then you should remove your piercing. Your health is more important than vanity. If you remove your piercing and still have an infection after your take antibiotics, then speak with your doctor again. Best of luck, Inssaf!

    • I got my nose pierced on January 8th of this year. All was fine for the first week or so, then I started to develop a bump near the piercing site. When I got my nose pierced, the piercer recommended that I use Bactine to clean it twice daily, I trusted this advice, especially since my friend who took me to this place had his nose heal using it. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, I began looking on the internet (like all of us have done), and discovered that Bactine is actually NOT recommended for piercings, according to Bactine’s own website. I went to my doctor, she prescribed me antibiotics, and I began sea salt soaks (twice daily) and applying tea tree oil to the bump. After about a week, I noticed the bump began to shrink. All seemed to be getting better until my stud began to sink into the hole, then the bump came back. I went to another shop, where the piercer removed my stud and replaced it with a hoop (bad idea, I’ll get to that), and let me know that my stud had actually created a scar because it had become awkwardly twisted in my nose and was embedding itself into the surrounding tissue. I got the stud removed and replaced with the hoop, all was fine, bump was clearing up then bam…out of nowhere here comes the bump again, and it’s even bigger this time. I call the shop and speak to the piercer, she says I can come by the shop and she’ll see what my options are. I go to the shop, she pricks the bump with a very fine needle, careful not to rip the skin, and drains it of the blood and clear liquid, then removes the hoop and places in a steel stud with a longer post. The reason why the hoop had caused the bump to come back is because my piercing is still relatively fresh, hasn’t healed fully which takes about 4 months and the hoop moves around a lot more than a stud. I got the new steel stud on Saturday (March 4th), today is March 8th and the bump has completely flattened, all that remains now is a slightly raised scab which will go away as it continues to heal. Trust me Inssaf, I been where you are and I was desperate for something to work, changing the piercing (because it may be the metal causing the infection) and letting a professional drain it is the best solution from my experience. I do the sea salt soaks twice a day (inside the nose with a Q-tip and outside with a square piece of paper towel soaked in the solution at the same time), followed by tea tree oil applied directly to the bump (inside and outside the nose), and I also wash my nose with Dr Bronner’s Pure Castille soap (purchased at Target). I hope this helps, and good luck.

      • It sounds like you had a challenging experience. I am glad to hear that everything has finally started to work out for you, Here to Help! Good luck and thanks for commenting!

  8. i got pierced almost a week ago. a few days ago i realised i have a small bump inside my nose and i cant feel the other end of my stud, is that normal? in addition sometimes during bathing the stud falls out and when i put it back it goes in but slowly comes out as if its being pushed from the inside. what can be the cause and how do i stop that from happening. have started the sea salt for the bump but am really worried

    • Continue to care for this bump. It is possible that it will develop into a scar. This is a risk that you take when you pierce your skin and leave the piercing in. Continue to monitor your experiences. If you notice severe pain or signs of infection, then remove the piercing. Best of luck, Privie!

  9. I had a painful bump above my nose ring and tried everything with no relief. Finally I tried rubbing alcohol 90% ( only on outside of nose) and bump went away in two weeks 🙂 fyi keep using saline on inside of nose.

    • Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. Please feel free to share more of your thoughts in the future. Have a great day, Susan!

  10. most people discourage spirit and alcohol. but I used them and my bump is completely gone. apply spirit and alcohol three times a day and coconut oil using a q tip. avoid touching and rubbing it with hands and that is what I used and it worked for me with in a week but other methods suggested on internet blog worsened every thing it grew bigger

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. It is great to see that our community members are sharing their thoughts. Please feel free to share more of your ideas in the future. Have a great day, Katooko!

  11. i had a small bump on my nose that didnt go away or shrink with salt water after my nose piercing. i visited a professional dermatologist who evaluated it and did a very quick treatment called CRYOTHERAPY. its a “freezing” method to remove benign skin lesions like scars or keloids. this therapy will cause cells on the scar/keloid to freeze, thaw, and fall off. it took less than 5 minutes to do, if that… not to mention that it didnt even cost me that much out of pocket. it was very effective, i no longer had the bump over my piercing. the dermatologist applied something that looked like gel to the area using a small Q-tip and let it sit for a short time, when i walked out of her office it was gone!!! WAIT until your piercing is completely healed though and give the salt water treatments a chance. always seek professional advice. dont fret and good luck.

    • That is great to hear! Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. It is certain that your words will help someone in the future. Please share more of your thoughts and ideas in the future. Have a great day, Butterfly!

    • Did you have to take the jewelry out to freeze it off? And did the bump come back at all? I have had the bump for over a month now and went to my dermatologist today and all he did was inject cortisone in it.

      • Thank you for sharing your questions. Please let us know how the cortisone influences your bump. Have a great day, Amanda!

  12. I have a little wide bump by my nose piercing. How can i get rid of it quickly? & also when i move my stud white/lightish yellow fluid comes out. Is it infected? & how can i treat it.

    • If it is an infected bump, then remove your piercing and take care of it. If it is not infected, but it is just a bump, then it may be a permanent scar. This is common for piercing as it is damage to your body. You can treat your infection with a variety of medical fluids and salves. Try disinfecting it with your piercing removed. Best of luck, Joann!

    • It may work to reduce pain. Alcohol would best work to disinfect it. There are many options for you to choose from. Best of luck, Shaw!

  13. Will I make it worse if I pop the keloid above my peircing? It was redish but now the side looks a little whitish as if pus is inside.

    • You may want to remove your piercing to care for the potential infection. A keloid is a scar that you will not be able to pop. It is possible that your bump is an infection, but it is also possible that it is a permanent scar. Keep this in mind as you move forward. Best of luck, Sandy!

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