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Consequences of Nose Piercings

author image Mike Broemmel
Mike Broemmel began writing in 1982. He is an author/lecturer with two novels on the market internationally, "The Shadow Cast" and "The Miller Moth." Broemmel served on the staff of the White House Office of Media Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Benedictine College and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. He also attended Brunel University, London.
Consequences of Nose Piercings
Close up of a young woman with a nose and lip piercing. Photo Credit: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Nose piercings have become more commonplace in recent years in different countries around the world, including the United States. Although many people believe nose piercings to be aesthetically appealing, you need to be aware of potential negative consequences associated with this type of procedure.

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A common consequence of nose piercings is infection. You face infection not only at the time you obtain the actual nose piercing, but run the risk of an infection at a later time as well. Infection can occur due to a soiled ring coming into contact with broken skin at or near the piercing site.

Nerve Damage

Nerve damage is a side effect of a nose piercing. The person performing the piercing can puncture the nose inappropriately in isolated cases and damage a nerve in the process. Understand that this type of nerve damage is normally permanent.

Infectious Diseases

Sterilized piercing instruments are vital to avoid infectious diseases. An individual who obtains a nose piercing can end up with an HIV or hepatitis B infection in rare cases, according to Teen Health FX. Make sure you undergo the procedure through a reputable provider.

Scar Tissue

Scar tissue can develop at or around the site of a nose piercing. Scar tissue can be both unattractive, as well negatively impacting your ability to breath, according to Teen Health FX. Scar tissue can develop as a result of the initial piercing of your nose. Additionally, removing and reinserting jewelry, as well as the act of wearing jewelry in your pierced nose can also cause scar tissue to develop over time.

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