How to Treat Swelling Nose Piercings

Swelling is a normal side effect of a nose piercing.
Swelling is a normal side effect of a nose piercing. (Image: woman close up image by csaba fikker from

While your reasons for a getting a nose piercing are most likely aesthetic in nature, swelling and discomfort are included as part of the piercing's package. Any time your body suffers a wound, including a piercing, puffiness and pain surrounding the area are normal reactions. Even though these side effects will eventually subside on their own, this eventual easing doesn't mean that you can't take advantage of existing remedies to help relieve the issues while they are present.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice cubes
  • Plastic bag
  • Paper towels or old towel
  • Anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medication
  • Extra pillows

Fill a sealable plastic bag 1/3 to 1/2 full of ice cubes and seal it. Wrap paper towels or an old towel around the outside of the bag. Apply the ice to the swollen site for 10 to 20 minutes three times per day.

Take an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, as directed to reduce swelling and discomfort from the piercing.

Prop your head up on extra pillows while sleeping to keep the swelling at a minimum. Your head will need to be elevated above your legs. Avoid sleeping on your stomach or side because it could put pressure on your nose piercing.

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