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Is pain in the nose after nose piercing a matter of concern?

I got my nose pierced 2 days was so painful so i removed it next day..i realized the piercing was through my nose s cartilage..cartilage above by thick tissue of left side of my nose..nose is so painful when i touch it..will the hole of the cartilage closes itself..did this is a serious matter to be concerned about..please helpp
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

30% of piercings result in a treatable bacterial infection. Because cartilage doesn't have its own blood supply, it is more prone to infection than other kinds of piercings, and antibiotics won't help you because there's no blood to transport the medication. In addition, some people experience allergic reactions to the metal in jewelry. Although the jewelry can eventually be removed, a piercing may leave a hole or scar that never heals completely. You may even experience excess scar tissue. When you're in the shower, let the warm water wash over the piercing. You can also douse the area with a sterile saline solution (the same stuff you use to clean contacts: You can make your own saline by adding 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized salt to a cup of warm water). If your piercing is painful or irritated, you might soak it in the saline as well. Cartilage piercing may takes upto moths to recover. If symptoms not improved please consult your doctor he will examine and treat you accordingly.

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