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I just got my nose pierced. I now smell something funny. Is this something serious?

I just got my nose pierced. I now smell something funny. Is this something serious?

Probably not: If there was bleeding, you may be smelling the iron in your blood, if the smell is metallic. If it smells bad, and it's been a few days since having it pierced, it could be an infection. Check if the area is tender and/or red — usually infection is accompanied by discomfort or pain, swelling and redness. ...Read more

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I got my nose pierced 3 months ago and now I have a bump next to the piercing. Could it be infected?

I got my nose pierced 3 months ago and now I have a bump next to the piercing. Could it be infected?

YES: Indolent infections in this area are often from staph infections.
Removing the piercing appliance, cleansing with peroxide, moist hot compresses, and neosporin ointment type topical antibiotics may be enough. If worsening, see md for stronger antibiotics. ...Read more

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I just got my nose pierced last week and swim season for high school starts in a month. Is it safe to swim with a newer piercing in chlorinated water?

I just got my nose pierced last week and swim season for high school starts in a month. Is it safe to swim with a newer piercing in chlorinated water?

Nose ring: Ideally, you should wait two weeks before swimming in order for the ring to heal. The biggest problem can be infection. However, the chlorinated water can irritate the nose and also cause problems. ...Read more

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I got my nose pierced 6 months ago and i have red blotches on my nose, pain and its stuck. What should I do?

I got my nose pierced 6 months ago and i have red blotches on my nose, pain and its stuck. What should I do?

Need more info: Questions. Did a physician pierce your nose, if not were sterile method done for the procedure? Why have you waited 6 months to get help? You could have an infection or even an allergic reaction. Please make an appointment with an ear, nose,& throat specialist as soon as you can. Your family physician can make the referral. ...Read more

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I got my nose pierced a few weeks ago and a lump has appeared above it, it is red and was filled with liquid but it popped, what is it, what do I do?

I got my nose pierced a few weeks ago and a lump has appeared above it, it is red and was filled with liquid but it popped, what is it, what do I do?

Nose piercing: Hello, this localized inflammation was probably an infection in the adjacent area. The nose has bacteria in it and it is impossible to sterilize the inside of the nose. I am hoping and assuming you went to a reputable individual for your piercing. Since the fluid was expressed when it "popped", there is probably little to do now except for cleaning as instructed and apply an antibiotic ointment. ...Read more

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So I went and had my nose pierced a couple months ago and a bump appeared by my nose and I've tried everything but it won't go away. Please help?

So I went and had my nose pierced a couple months ago and a bump appeared by my nose and I've tried everything but it won't go away. Please help?

See Dermotologist: You may have an infection or cyst. In this forum, there is no way to determine your exact problem or it's severity, that is why you need to see a dermotologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you advise me if having my nose pierced with itp?

Can you advise me if having my nose pierced with itp?

Some caution: Although a nose piercing uses a relatively small gauge needle, those with ITP are at increased risk of bleeding due to deficiency in platelets which help with blood clotting. In theory, you could have increased bleeding from the piercing. ...Read more

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What to do if I had my nose pierced and then bumped it in my sleep?

What to do if I had my nose pierced and then bumped it in my sleep?

Piercings: This is a great question due to the popularity of body piercings. Likely the piercing is like any other wound to the body and will heal with time and care. If the area is red, warm, has a discharge or "purulent material" these can be signs of infection. If possible you may want to discuss this with the one's who performed the piercing. ...Read more

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I have my nose pierced one month ago and last week when I wake up a bump appeared around my piercing and its big.should I remove the jewelry or?

I have my nose pierced one month ago and last week when I wake up a bump appeared around my piercing and its big.should I remove the jewelry or?

Yes, because it: Could be an infection. Infection on your nose could become real serious, because it can spread to brain. Nose is not one of the better places for a piercing. ...Read more

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I have my nose pierced but around the piercing I have a bump, it's not infected but how can I get rid of the bump? What caused the bump?

I have my nose pierced but around the piercing I have a bump, it's not infected but how can I get rid of the bump? What caused the bump?

Bump near piercing: You may have keloid which can appear with piercing and may difficult to get rid of and you will need to be seen to determined if this is your problem or something else. Dermatologist can help and treat this condition. ...Read more

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How do I know if my nose piercing is infected or if it is rejecting? I got it pierced six months ago and it has almost constantly had a tiny red bump

How do I know if my nose piercing is infected or if it is rejecting? I got it pierced six months ago and it has almost constantly had a tiny red bump

Red bump: This may not be an actual infection because of lack of pus drainage. It may be a chronic inflammation in view of the redness or a type of foreign body reaction. Leave the nose ring out, apply warm soaks and apply an antibacterial cream once daily. See your physician if redness persists, drainage develops or swelling worsens. ...Read more

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I had a mrsa infection about 3 months ago but was never tested to see if I'm a carrier. I want to get my nose pierced, is that safe?

I had a mrsa infection about 3 months ago but was never tested to see if I'm a carrier. I want to get my nose pierced, is that safe?

No. : The nose is one area where MRSA hides. I would recommend getting checked to see if you are a carrier. Even if you are not a carrier, I would be very cautious about piercings. ...Read more

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I got keloids from ear piercings 2x, they went down but I want either my navel or nose pierced. Which one would less likely develop a keloid?

I got keloids from ear piercings 2x, they went down but I want either my navel or nose pierced. Which one would less likely develop a keloid?

Keloid prone: It appears that you are keloid prone and therefore you are tempting fate and likely to experience another adverse reaction. However, the truth, is that true keloids rarely go down and it is likely you are experiencing a reaction to the metal or a hypertrophic scar. ...Read more

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I got my ears pierced and got keloids but they went down. Cuts and burns I get on my body don't make keloids. Can I get a navel or nose piercing?

Increased risk : Clearly you are at higher risk for developing keloids. Your nose is probably less likely to develop this but only areas of specialized dermis are less prone to keloids. ...Read more

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I had a cold last month, now I have this weird thing as I smell dust everywhere, my nose is blocked, I had allergies all my life. Is this serious?

I had a cold last month, now I have this weird thing as I smell dust everywhere, my nose is blocked, I had allergies all my life. Is this serious?

Allergies: Probably not. Try irrigating the nose on both sides with saline. Add 1 tsp salt to one quart of water and get a syringe and blow it into the nose.
50 cc each side 4 to five times a day. Use Flonase I. The nose 2 Sprays twice a day each nostril and see how this works. You can try a decongestant like Sudafed for a few days for the nasal congestion. Or you can try some afrin for only a couple da ...Read more

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Had a severe frontal lobe sinus infec. Now there is an awful smell in my nose. Tx > mnth ago & tongue is white? Nose never drains. What does that mean

Thrush: Some times a white tongue can signify 'thrush' or candidiasis especially after taking a round of antibiotics. Contact your doctor again... You may need antibiotics to treat sinus infection and they can check your tongue and treat with antifungal medications if necessary. ...Read more

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I went over to a friend for a bbq over the weekend. Now there's this horrible smell that is stuck in my nose. What could that be?

I went over to a friend for a bbq over the weekend. Now there's this horrible smell that is stuck in my nose. What could that be?

Smell in nose: You can try to irrigate the nose with saline. Mix one tsp of salt to one qt of water and squirt it up both nostrils with a bulb syringe to see if that clears it iyou will need to squirt at least 50 mels in eachf you are blowing out colored secretions this would be consistent with a sinus infection. Get antibiotics if this is the case. Otherwise, it should go away good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Hi. I had a bad headache a bout one month ago and now im better but now I don't have any smell nose anything. Blease help me. Tnx?

Hi. I had a bad headache a bout one month ago and now im better but now I don't have any smell nose anything. Blease help me. Tnx?

Could be a cold: The most common reason for temporary loss of sense of smell is the common cold. If this does not improve in a few weeks, your doctor should look for another cause. Sinus ct or brain/facial MRI might be good starting places in that case. ...Read more

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Hi. A bout one month ago I had bad headache and now im better. But now I don't have any smell nose. Why happing this? Please help me?

Hi. A bout one month ago I had bad headache and now im better. But now I don't have any smell nose. Why happing this? Please help me?

Se neurologist: It sounds like you may have a problem with one or more of your cranial nerves. I would suggest seeing a neurologist asap. ...Read more

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Hi, I can't smell anything for 7 days now . And I can't breathe well through my nose I tried flue tab it didn't work. What should I take?

Hi, I can't smell anything for 7 days now . And I can't breathe well through my nose I tried flue tab it didn't work. What should I take?

Xlear ; Zinc: Hopefully this is temporary. A natural nose spray called xlear (pronounced clear) may help. If your smell continues to be an issue get your doc to check your zinc level. When that's low it can inhibit smelling. ...Read more

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I got my septum pierced a week ago as the jewellery I had in was too small to clean. Now my nose hurts and it has dark yellowy redish pus? Help!

I got my septum pierced a week ago as the jewellery I had in was too small to clean. Now my nose hurts and it has dark yellowy redish pus? Help!

Staph Infection: Your nose has many germs, some good and some bad. Staph Aureus can cause serious infections and may need a professional consult. Remove the jewelry, apply warm moist compresses and try some Bacitracin ointment locally. If it does not improve, you get a fever or it worsens see your physician. Be leery of piercing unusual places. Good health. ...Read more