The septum is one of the most popular and least invasive nose piercings for men. However, it is still important to follow the studio’s aftercare instructions and clean the piercing daily. This will help your septum piercing heal quickly and prevent an infection.
How to Clean a Septum Piercing
When cleaning your septum piercing, it is best to use saline solution to wash the area. Saline solution is available at most piercing shops or you can make your own at home with salt and lukewarm water. A cotton swab or Q-tip should be used to apply the solution to the piercing several times throughout the day. It is important to avoid using other products on your piercing, like coconut oil, because they can block the airflow and cause an infection.
You can also buy a saline spray that will make it easier to clean your piercing. This will reduce the amount of time you spend putting the solution on your piercing and it will also keep it fresher for longer. Some saline sprays will also have anti-bacterial properties that can help fight an infection.
It is normal for the piercing to swell during the healing process. This can be uncomfortable, but it is important to let your piercer know about it right away. They will be able to offer you other types of jewelry that may fit better or recommend taking an anti-inflammatory medication. Septum piercings can take six to eight months to fully heal, so it is important to stick with the same type of jewelry until then.