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Doctor insights on: How Septum Piercings Affect Your Sinuses

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Sinuses (Definition)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids (between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more


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What can cause a white bump above my septum piercing?

What can cause a white bump above my septum piercing?

See an ENT: It could be scarring or maybe an infection. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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What to do if septum piercing + bleeding?

What to do if septum piercing + bleeding?

Pressure: That part of the septum has a rich blood supply and bleeds easily with trauma (piercing). Try pressure by pinching nose as well as Afrin nasal spray. If it doesn't stop may need to go to the ER for potential cautery ...Read more

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What can I do?! septum piercing + bleeding?

What can I do?! septum piercing + bleeding?

Septal piercing: Septal piercing is a bad idea. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist for treatment. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a septum piercing?

What are the risks of having a septum piercing?

Septal piercing: DON'T DO IT. It isn't worth it. It puts you at risk for infections and discomfort. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to know if my septum piercing infected?

Nasal Septal: Piercing: a number of types of bacterial infections are possible (red, swollen, warm, tender, painful w malodorous drainage). It can cause heavy bleeding w formation of a septal hematoma. Significant deformity may result from complications like necrosis of nasal wall or perichondritis. If stud grows into skin it may need to be cut out. Nasal jewelry could be aspirated into lungs or swallowed. ...Read more

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Will getting your septum piercings cause any problems or complications in the long run?

Yes: Piercing the septum created an opening between the r;l nasal airway. There is always the risk of infection. Deviation, scar formation and whistling sounds with nasal breathing. ...Read more

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Should I take bactroban (mupirocin) to help my infected septum piercing?

Should I take bactroban (mupirocin) to help my infected septum piercing?

Septal piercing: Pain, purulent dischage, redness at site are indications of infection. Septal piercing is a bad idea. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more

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Can you tell me is my septum piercing infected or is it just an allergic reaction?

Septal piercing: You can have heavy bleeding w formation of septal hematoma. Significant deformity can result from complications like necrosis of the nasal wall or perichondritis. If the stud grows into your skin it may need to be cut out. Staphylococcus ; pseudomonas are just a couple of possible infections you may get. Without pus it is hard to know if this is an allergic rxn or infection. Get evaluated. ...Read more

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How badly can a septum piercing hurt?

How badly can a septum piercing hurt?

Septal piercing: DON"T DO IT. It isn't worth it. It puts you at risk for infections and discomfort. ...Read more

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How much does a septum piercing hurt?

Septal piercing: DON'T DO IT. It isn't worth it. It puts you at risk for infections and discomfort. ...Read more

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How can I alleviate the pain of a septum piercing?

How can I alleviate the pain of a septum piercing?

Septal piercing: It is not advisable to pierce your septum. If you have already and you are experiencing pain, have your nose evaluated for infection. ...Read more

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Are septum piercings painful/dangerous? How risky are they really?

Are septum piercings painful/dangerous? How risky are they really?

Septal piercing: DON'T DO IT. It isn't worth it. It puts you at risk for infections and discomfort. ...Read more

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What are the health consequences of getting an unprofessional septum piercing?

What are the health consequences of getting an unprofessional septum piercing?

Septal piercing: DON'T DO IT. It isn't worth it. It puts you at risk for infections and discomfort. ...Read more

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Can septum piercings cause breathing problems?

Yes: Material may build up on the piercing, the septum may become infected and enlarge, and the piercing itself may limit the airway.

I don't recommend the practice. Talk to your doc for more insight.

Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Which hurts more a belly button piercing or a septum piercing?

Which hurts more a belly button piercing or a septum piercing?

Don't do either: Both hurt a lot and it isn't worth the risk of infection or pain. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting a keloid on a septum piercing if I've gotten one before on my ears? How can I prevent this?

What are my chances of getting a keloid on a septum piercing if I've gotten one before on my ears? How can I prevent this?

Septal piercing: DON'T DO IT. It isn't worth it. It puts you at risk for infections and discomfort. But keloiding in the nose is a low risk. ...Read more

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The ball of septum piercing jewelry is irritating inside of my nose; red/sore One nostril swollen. 5 day old piercing. What can I do to calm it?

The ball of septum piercing jewelry is irritating inside of my nose; red/sore One nostril swollen. 5 day old piercing. What can I do to calm it?

Best cure is removal: Of piercing. Infections on nose can be dangerous because it can spread to brain. Antibiotics might control infection, but you would be taking an unnecessary risk. Consult a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I'm having surgery may 21 to correct a deviated septum. Do I have to remove my dermal anchor piercing?

Piercing: What part of your body is pierced.? If it is your nose I would say yes. ...Read more

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Septum is pierced but pressing down on my nose hurts. Been a few months since the piercing what can I do to make pain go away?

Nasal Septal Piercin: Nasal Septal Piercings can be fraught w/ problems. Significant deformity may result from complications like necrosis of nasal wall or perichondritis. If stud grows into skin, it may need to be cut out. Nasal jewelry could be aspirated into lungs or swallowed. A number of types of bacterial infections are possible (red, swollen, warm, tender, painful w malodorous drainage). Have you tried Tylenol (acetaminophen)? ...Read more

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I had partial repair to my deviated septum and baloonoplasty of my sinuses. I still suffer from chronic sinusitis. Should I get a second opinion? It worsens at times.

I had partial repair to my deviated septum and baloonoplasty of my sinuses. I still suffer from chronic sinusitis. Should I get a second opinion? It worsens at times.

Sinusitis: You may need to be on maintenance therapy such as decongestants, nasal sprays, sinus rinses and even allergy shots. Discuss this issue with your surgeon. ...Read more

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My septum is deviated to the left and blocks Flonase from getting fully up in sinuses. Can I add a few sprays of Flonase into my Nettie pot w/saline?

My septum is deviated to the left and blocks Flonase from getting fully up in sinuses. Can I add a few sprays of Flonase into my Nettie pot w/saline?

Won't work: If you believe the deviated septum is in the way of the flonase spray reaching up to your nasal cavity, then you're not taking it right to start with. You should direct the nozzle inside your nose backwards and towards your ear not towards your septum and not towards your eyes, adding the medicines to the saline in the neti pot won't be of value due to dilution and will be rinsed, it's meant to stay ...Read more

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Could enlarged nasal turbinates and deviated nasal septum cause sleep apnea? Had PNR and was told that sinuses are good. I don't snore.

Could enlarged nasal turbinates and deviated nasal septum cause sleep apnea? Had PNR and was told that sinuses are good. I don't snore.

Yes: These findings can contribute to underlying OSA which is why it is something we look for during a sleep evaluation. ...Read more

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Are the nostril parts of your nose (the part people get a nose piercing on. Not the septum) considered soft tissue or cartilage or what?

Are the nostril parts of your nose (the part people get a nose piercing on. Not the septum) considered soft tissue or cartilage or what?

Ala, septum: The lateral part of the nose that get pierced is the ala - pierce is through soft tissue not cartilage. Septum is in between nostrils, also pierce soft tissue not cartilage You may want to see a facial plastic surgeon for sterile piercings. ...Read more

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The left side of my nose and sinuses always feels stuffier and takes longer to clear whenever I get a cold. Could that indicate a deviated septum?

The left side of my nose and sinuses always feels stuffier and takes longer to clear whenever I get a cold. Could that indicate a deviated septum?

Not really: Other problems would be the cause, the commonest would be enlarged nasal turbinates due to chronic inflammation, or may be nasal polyps on that side. See an ENT doctor for evaluation, meanwhile, saline nasal washes would be helpful, best wishes ...Read more

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Could you explain what slight thickening in ethmoid sinuses is is it serious should I have my ENT dr look at it I had surgery for deviated septum?

Could you explain what slight thickening in ethmoid sinuses is is it serious should I have my ENT dr look at it I had surgery for deviated septum?

Check with ENT: The thickening in the ethmoids is likely not serious but indicates inflammation if the lining of the ethmoid sinus (the sinuses between your eyes). This may present with symptoms of congestion and facial pressure or headache. Better off seeing your ENT to further evaluate and treat symptoms you may have. ...Read more

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Doc says deviated septum surgery with removal of polyps/cysts and he wants to enlarge the opening to my sinuses- why enlarge the openings?

Doc says deviated septum surgery with removal of polyps/cysts and he wants to enlarge the opening to my sinuses- why enlarge the openings?

Sinus surgery?: If you have recurrent sinusitis, you may be a candidate for sinus surgery. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

Piercing (Definition)

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which ...Read more