Red bumps sometimes form around a nose ring piercing. This is a common problem that usually goes away with time and proper cleaning. You can treat the bump with products you got from your piercer, like sea salt scrubs, as well as household products like baking soda. Leave your piercing in place while you treat the bump. In rare cases, a bump may be an indication of an infection. If your bump is infected, see a doctor for treatment. Do not attempt to drain an infection on your own.
Use anti-inflammatory medication.
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can be used to treat swelling around the nose that can result in a nose ring bump. This usually works for bumps and swelling caused by trauma such as a piercing. Try taking something like ibuprofen while symptoms persist.
Make sure to check with a doctor or pharmacist if you’re on any prescription medication. You want to make sure over-the-counter meds will not interfere poorly with your existing medication.
Do regular sea salt soaks.
Your piercer should have given you sea salt solution after you had your piercing done. If you do not have saline solution from your piercer, you can make it by mixing a cup of warm water with an eighth a teaspoon of salt. Soak your piercing regularly to reduce swelling and get rid of a nose ring bump.
Place the sea salt in a cup of water. Move your head sideways and dip the pierced half of your nose into the solution. Leave your nose in the water for about 15 to 20 minutes. You can also dab a cotton ball in sea salt and apply it to your nose ring bump for 15 to 20 minutes, as this may be more comfortable.
Try cortisone cream.
You can buy cortisone cream at most drug stores. It can help decrease swelling that results in a nose ring bump. You can apply the cream to the area surrounding your nose ring to reduce swelling.
Make sure to read the instructions on the cream you choose to make sure you apply it properly.
Try an aspirin paste.
Add water to a bottle of aspirin until the aspirin dissolves into a paste. Then, apply the aspirin paste to your nose ring bump each night. Let it sink in overnight and then wash it off in the morning.
Make sure you continue to clean your nose ring as you normally would before and after applying aspirin paste.
The strength of the aspirin does not matter, but stronger aspirin could potentially be more effective.
Use a chamomile tea compress.
Place a bag of chamomile tea in warm water to get it slightly damp. Then, press the bag on your nose ring bump for about 10 minutes. If the bag loses heat during this time, dab it in some warm water before reapplying it to the bump.
Apply tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil should never be applied directly to the skin, as this can cause a rash and irritation. Add only a few drops of tea tree oil to a small amount of a carrier oil such as olive oil. Then, dab a cotton ball in your oil. Swab the cotton ball around the bump to reduce swelling.
Some people respond poorly to essential oils, so cease using this method if you notice a rash or another bad reaction.
Try exfoliating with baking soda.
Baking soda’s grainy texture can be used as an exfoliating agent, which may help reduce swelling and bumps associated with nose rings. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a drop of water to make a paste. Then, rub your paste into your piercing. Then, rinse the paste off with warm water.
Recognize the signs of an infection.
If you end up with an infection, you should see a doctor or call your piercer. Your bump may be infected if you notice the following:
A pimple-like bump near your piercing that emits pus
A tender, pink bump
A very hard bump
See a professional to treat or drain the bump.
Many people attempt to use needles or similar objects to pierce and drain a bump. Draining a bump on your own can make an infection worse. If your bump requires draining, only a medical professional should do so.
Do not remove your jewelry.
If you piercing becomes infected, your first inclination may be to remove your jewelry. However, most infections can be treated with jewelry in place. Removing your jewelry can actually cause scarring or worsen an infection.