Nose Piercing Bleeding: Causes and Treatment

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: October 10, 2021

As with your ears, the nose has lots of tiny blood vessels that will bleed with the smallest of injuries, rubbing or scratching. Your nose is mostly cartilage and it’s this that is being pierced so there will be a small amount of pain. 

It’s important that the piercing is able to heal properly and it should be cared for regularly until healed and beyond this.

Is Bleeding Normal With a Nose Piercing?

The nose piercing process involves inserting a stud into the skin at the side of your nostril. With this in mind, it’s normal for the area to bleed as it’s being pierced by a needle.

The placement of the piercing is important as it could look really cool or completely in the wrong place due to the anatomy of your nose. 

Many people will experience bleeding, bruising and some discomfort following the procedure, as is the case with most piercings. This can last from a few days up to a couple of weeks as the area heals. Aftercare of the piercing is important for the healing process to take place. The better you look after your piercing, the quicker it will heal. 

Nose Piercing Bleeding

A nose piercing used to be seen as edgy but is currently increasing in popularity as people branch out from ear piercings. However, as with all piercings, you should be thorough with the aftercare of your nose piercing. This means keeping it clean at all times. 

As you are piercing the skin and cartilage in your nose, it will be normal for there to be some bleeding. This may continue for up to a couple of weeks and a lot of this is dependent on the aftercare of the area. This is normal and is nothing to worry about, it’s just your body healing and accepting the nose ring. 

You should also be careful when blowing your nose with a nose piercing as this could irritate the piercing, making it bleed.

There may also be some discharge from your piercing, which is fine. However, if you notice excessive bleeding or discharge, you should contact your piercer in the first instance for their advice.

Why Is It Bleeding?

The easy answer to this is that you have just had a needle inserted into the skin and the cartilage of your nose. It will almost certainly bleed and this is completely normal. The process of the actual piercing is over within a couple of minutes, the healing process takes longer.

You should avoid touching your piercing and blowing your nose as this will irritate it and make it bleed. It could also cause infection if you keep touching it.

If you notice excessive bleeding or discharge from your piercing, contact your piercer as this could be an infection. An infection can be easily treated by taking antibiotics. However, if it’s a bad infection or your body is rejecting the nose ring, you may have to take the piercing out and let it heal over.

How Long Will It Take To Heal?

A nose piercing will take between two to three months to heal properly, and in this time you shouldn’t remove or change the nose ring. It’s tempting to play about with different rings as you want to see what they look like, but don’t. It will only delay the healing process and could cause an infection.

The healing process will very much depend on the aftercare given to the pierced area. 

What Can You Do To Help It Heal?

Waiting for the piercing to heal can be a frustrating time but patience is needed. It will look amazing once fully healed.

You should clean the area with a saline solution, by adding salt to warm water. This should be done regularly to keep it clean. However, be careful to not touch the piercing when doing this. It may help to use a cotton swab to clean the area.

Don’t pick your nose or blow your nose while it’s healing. This will cause it to bleed and may cause an infection.


Nose piercing is increasing in popularity and does look cute when done in the right place. However, the healing process isn’t pretty. The better you look after your piercing, the quicker it will heal, giving you a great look.

We hope that we have answered all of your questions regarding the nose piercing process and why it bleeds. A small amount of pain and a couple of months of healing will give you the cute nose ring you’ve been dreaming about.