What to Use With a Nasal Piercing

And How to Heal in Record Time

Septum piercing is a practice that's picking up steam in many different niche cultures today. Originally used by Indians, Nepalese, and American Indians, modern folk can now enjoy a unique and imposing look by wearing jewelry in a pierced septum. Note that this is one of the major piercings a person can experience, so caution is needed to avoid complications and promote healing after getting a septum pierced.

The Nasal Septum Piercing

Septum piercing actually refers to puncturing the membrane between the nostrils inside the nose. This is quite different than “nose piercing,” which normally just encompasses piercing one or both nostrils. While smaller ornaments are worn with nose piercings, septum piercings allow a wider variety of larger gear to be worn through the nose.

Larger gauge jewelry is used in pierced septums. Barbells, captive bead rings, tapered tusks, and chains stretching from the septum piercing to other areas on the face are common options. Although jewelry made from silver, nickel, and other metals is acceptable, gold is truly the best bet for septum jewelry. This is due to gold's cohesiveness, which is better than related metals. Gold is far less likely to stain or irritate the septum and surrounding tissue.

Though the few designs mentioned above dominate the market for septum jewelry, the variations are almost endless. For one of a kind models, check out jewelry from India, or consult a good online dealer who hand crafts their jewelry using indulgent shapes and gemstones.

Cautions and Considerations

Surprisingly, a septum piercing is a good deal less painful and lower risk than many other piercings. This is only when the piercing is carried out by capable hands, however. This is not a piecing to have done on the cheap. Spend the extra dollars to get a professional piercer with solid reviews and hygienic tools. Even then, never hesitate to ask questions about it beforehand.

Healing time ranges from about four to eight weeks in the case of most pierced septums. Never deviate from the recovery instructions you are given, and avoid trying to force jewelry in until the piercing is fully healed and ready to go. If signs of an infection appear, don't hesitate to seek medical advice.

There are a couple additional techniques you can try to promote faster septum healing. Taking a small dose of turmeric powder may help reduce inflammation around the wound. Gently brushing the septum with a cue tip soaked in lukewarm saline (saltwater) can help ward off disease and relieve pain. Never inundate the nose with salt water or any other solution, though.

A little common sense and patience will have your new piercing back to full health in no time, allowing you to shop for decorations and show off your new augmentation.