A bump on nose piercing can form a few days or months after the piercing is done. Normally, the bumps form as a result of trauma to the pierced area. Trauma occurs when the ring or stud is knocked, tugged or has been removed and reinserted, causing damage to the surrounding tissues. The bumps normally appear red and raised. Left untreated, a nose piercing infection can lead to the development of scar tissue. For this reason, you should take remedial measures as soon as possible. 

Bump on Nose Piercing— Is It an Infection?


Bumps without Infection

Not every bump on your nose piercing is a sign of infection. There is a chance that it's only a granuloma. A Granuloma is simply a benign body tissue growth that is harmless. It usually has a red and raw formation and bleeds easily and at times drains a clear or yellow fluid. Africans and Asians are the most likely to suffer from keloids (a type of raised scar) than other races.


Bumps with Infection

If you have an infected bump, it will resemble a pimple and might even have pus. If it does have pus, then you should seek treatment before it forms a pustule or abscess. A pustule is a hard lump formation that occurs under the skin as a result of the body’s attempt to isolate and encapsulate chronic infections. While it is not easy to identify an infected nose piercing , you should check whether the bump is pink, tender and looks like a pimple.

How to Deal with Bump on Nose Piercing


Tea Tree Oil

Applying some tea tree oil to a nose piercing infection is a great way to deal with it. Simply take some tea tree oil and add a drop to some jojoba oil or any other carrier oil. Apply the mixture to the infected area using cotton wool. Do this only two times as tea tree oil can cause your skin to dry out.


Hot Compress with Sea Salt

Using a hot compress is the easiest way of getting rid of a bump on nose piercing. Simply soak some cotton wool in a hot solution of sea salt and press it onto the bump until the heat dissipates. Do this thrice a day for about 5 days. You should ensure that the compress is hot enough for the heat to penetrate the bump. Once you’re done, rinse the area to get rid of any salt residue.


Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea can also help remedy an infected nose piercing. Simply add some chamomile tea bags to a container with hot water. Take out one of the bags and compress it on the bump until it cools off. Dip it again and repeat the procedure thrice a day for about ten minutes each time.



Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory drug which means that it can heal your infection without causing an irritation. Make an Aspirin paste with a few pills and pure water. Apply the paste on the bump every night before going to bed. It can be easily absorbed into the skin and allow the infection to drain.


Anti-Inflammation Drugs

Medication such as ibuprofen can help if the bump is due to trauma. This can happen if you accidentally knock the nose piercing or pull out the ring accidentally.


Consider Changing Jewelry

At times, the infection causing the bumps is caused by your choice of jewelry. Only wear surgical stainless steel, quality niobium and titanium jewelry. Avoid going for the cheap or free jewelry offered at piercing shops as they can easily cause infection.

Warning: avoid changing jewelry until the piercing has healed completely. Should an infection develop after the piercing, do not try to remedy the situation at home. Go back to the piercing professional who did the piercing and have them change the jewelry for you.


Refrain from Draining

Refrain from trying to drain the infected bump. This could make it much worse than it already is. This is especially so if you use a contaminated tool that will introduce bacteria into the wound. If the infection enters the bloodstream, it can turn fatal. You should see a doctor and let them determine whether or not the bump should be drained.


When to Seek Treatment

  • If there’s no improvement in the bumps after 3 weeks of treatment

  • If you experience thick smelly discharge and fever

  • If there’s formation of dark streaks on the piercing

  • If you develop keloids


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  • Stephanie Nov.1 20:44
    I had a red bump on my nose piercing, about a month after I got it pierced. I tried everything that was suggested here, none of them worked. The bump was bleeding and draining puss. Honestly, the only thing that worked was Polysporin. I know you shouldn't use it, but it got rid of the problem in 2 days and it hasn't returned.
  • rosieNov.1 05:14
    I need help to get rid of this bump from my nose piercing. Please help
  • AshleyOct.28 00:44
    I noticed this bump next to my newly pierced nose shortly after I got it done and immediately went to google to find a quick remedy. This is the site I found and I've tried a couple of these remedies such as the salt water compress, the aspirin paste, and tee tree oil. They advise you not to squeeze or burst the bump. I tried so hard not to. I saw a person comment that they just mixed the aspirin with sea salt, tea tree oil, and water into a paste and left it on over night for two days and their bump cleared up. I figured this would be my quick fix but after several nights of doing this my bump did become somewhat smaller and became a pus bump but did not go away. So then I tried the tea tree oil remedy. Again the bump grew smaller but didn't completely go away. After talking to a friend who suggested that it was only after she popped her bump that it began to really heal, I took her advice. Yesterday morning I popped the bump and cleaned it with sea salt water and continued the tea tree oil remedy and now I see a significant difference! Pop the bump if you can and then treat it! I'm not saying this is a healthy way to do it and it may not work for everyone but it has helped me.
  • KendraOct.24 19:23
    You're not supposed to twist your nose ring.
  • ChayOct.18 02:11
    I noticed a small bump around my piercing about a month and a half after getting it done for the 2nd time. It was pulled out about a week before the bump appeared. My sister was looking at it and poked it with a needle to see if it was infected or not it started to blurred and tear apart so she decided just to cut around it and inside of it I'm not quite sure it's sage to do that it's only been about a half hour so I'm not sure weather to clean it or take the piercing out and just get the other side pierced
  • SarahOct.14 05:52
    I had a bump on the side of my peircing then my daughter knocked it out of my nose and it started to bleed. It was a clear bump now its a bloody ball . What do i do???
  • Toni Oct.5 20:36
    I got my nose pierced on August and I recently saw a bump so I left it for a few days then with a clean needle I popped it and blood and pus came out then I cleaned it with salt water
  • LaniyaOct.1 11:26
    I got my nose pierced August 9th and it fell out alot since I've gotten it... one of the days it fell out I was sleeping and didn't feel it so it closed!!! And when I realized it was gone I couldn't feel my nose ring so I woke up and didn't see the hole so I immediately put it in and it went through halfway and I iced it before I repierced it and put it through. When this happened it was about 4 so I went to sleep woke up and noticed that I had a numb AROUND my nose and I thought it was just swollen so I left it alone and thought it would go down twisted my nose ring every night, cleaned it, I did my normal routine but more times a day and noticed the bump wouldn't come down so somebody recommended that I should drain it and I had a needle from the hospital so it was clean and not even opened yet. So I stuck a needle in there and I saw blood and so I kept poking it and i saw a red bump this time and it looked like tissue but it hurt when I touched it I started putting tape like stuff on my nose piercing so it would come out at night and so my bump would go away I changed my nose ring twice, that fell out a couple time today in fact it came out while I was sleep my hair got caught in it and I got up immediately and couldn't find the nose ring on my bed so I took my new nose ring (hoop) to be exact as the bump went down but it's still there not as bad but I don't know how to get rid of it cause it should more now that I have a hoop what do I do!
  • 4Sep.21 10:31
    Where do you get sea salt bottles from?
  • JulieSep.20 12:46
    I had a bump on my nose shortly after I got my nose pierced. It was red and looked like a pimple and would go away and then come back. I tried all of the above treatments but none of them worked for long. A friend of mine told me to use sea salt so I placed a drop of water where the bump was and then covered it with sea salt. I let it dry and went to bed with it on my nose 2 days in a row and it went away and didn't come back. Every now and then it gets irritated so I just use a sea salt and water mixture and swab the area. Also, try not to move your piercing too much or touch it with dirty hands and keep it as dry as possible to prevent infections.
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