How to Sterilize Nose Studs

Nose studs should be cleaned well before inserted.
Nose studs should be cleaned well before inserted. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Nose studs and other body jewelry must be carefully cleaned or you risk infection by wearing them. Germs exist almost everywhere, including on the skin. If these germs are introduced to the body via a piercing, the resulting infection can be very painful or, in some cases, dangerous. Taking proper care of your nose stud can help prevent this. Sterilizing the stud should be done each time you are going to put one in, even if you have had the piercing for a long time.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid antibacterial soap
  • Cup
  • Rubbing alcohol

Place 1 tsp. of unscented, liquid antibacterial soap into a cup of warm water. Put your nose stud into this mixture and let it soak for three minutes.

Wash your hands, using antibacterial soap, while the stud is soaking. This way you won’t transfer germs from your hands to the nose stud when handling it.

Remove the nose stud from the mixture and rinse it under warm running water. Soak it for two minutes in rubbing alcohol as an extra precaution.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your piercing becomes inflamed, sore or develops pus at any time, consult a physician. If the piercing is infected, simply cleaning the nose stud will not help. You may require an oral antibiotic to clear up the infection.

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