Septum Piercing Bleeding

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

Septum piercing is big news and currently the most on-trend piercing around. The piercing itself actually goes through the nasal septum, which is the skin between the nostrils. 

As with all piercings, there will be an element of pain. You are getting a needle inserted into your skin so a little discomfort or pain is expected. It may make your eyes water or you feel like you’re going to sneeze. Don’t sneeze whatever you do as this could be painful and could rip the skin.

There are lots of blood vessels in your nose so you should expect some bleeding. This is normal and may continue for a couple of weeks.

Is Bleeding Normal With a Septum Piercing?

Getting your septum pierced involves inserting a needle into your skin so you should expect some bleeding. This is normal and to be expected. The piercing is in the fleshy bit of skin at the front of your nose, not the actual cartilage so the bleeding shouldn’t be too bad.

The aftercare of your piercing is important and this will help it to heal quickly. It should be kept clean at all times, and you should be careful to not touch the piercing.

The better aftercare you give to the area, the quicker and better it will heal.

Septum Piercing Bleeding

The septum is an unusual place to get pierced and it used to be associated with punks. However, it’s now becoming a popular trend to get a piercing through the middle of your nose.

It’s important to get a professional to do the piercing. If it’s not done right it will look wonky and that’s just not cool.

The area will bleed as with all piercings. The actual piercing is done through the fleshy skin, which some call the ‘sweet spot’ rather than the cartilage so the pain and bleeding shouldn’t be too bad.

Good aftercare is needed with a septum piercing but you should be careful to not touch the piercing as it heals. You will notice some discharge and scabbing and this is normal. As the piercing is at the end of your nose you may notice a bit of a funky smell, this is the piercing healing and it should reduce if it’s looked after properly.

If you notice excessive bleeding, a yellow discharge or an even stronger smell, you could have an infection. If this happens, contact your piercer for their advice.

Why Is It Bleeding?

As the septum piercing is just going through your skin the bleeding shouldn’t last for very long. There will be bleeding to start with as you’re piercing the skin with a needle. 

You may see some blood for the first few days, this is normal and should stop. You should be careful to not touch the piercing or blow your nose as it’s healing. This will irritate the piercing and may cause an infection.

If your piercing is not healing as it should and the bleeding continues. It may be that you notice a yellow discharge. If this happens make sure that you contact your piercer as this could be an infection. Most infections can be treated with antibiotics, however, it could be that your body is rejecting the piercing and you may need to remove it. 

How Long Will It Take To Heal?

You may feel that your septum piercing is healed at around six weeks. However, the healing period continues for up to six months and you still need to look after it during this period.

The original ring should not be taken out or changed for the first six to eight weeks. This will allow the skin to heal without any disruption.

What Can You Do To Help It Heal?

Good aftercare is the key to your skin healing. You should be cleaning the area around your piercing regularly with a saline solution of warm water with a little salt added. This can be applied with a cotton swab to avoid touching the area.

The healing process isn’t pretty but you can help with this by looking after it correctly. 

It’s easy to say but you should avoid sneezing as your piercing is healing and shouldn’t pick your nose. Doing this will cause the area to bleed and may cause an infection.


Septum piercings have been around for years but are now making a comeback. These look great but need to be looked after so that they heal properly.

We hope that you have enjoyed our guide and that we have answered all of your questions about septum piercing and why it bleeds.