Septum Piercing Bleeding

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: March 28, 2022

Septum piercings are big news and currently the most on-trend piercings 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 and bleeding. You are having a needle inserted into your skin so a little discomfort or pain is expected. It may make your eyes water and make you feel like you’re going to sneeze.

The septum is an unusual area to get pierced and 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.

Getting your septum pierced involves inserting a needle through your skin so you should expect some bleeding. There are plenty of blood vessels around the septum area so this is normal and to be expected. The piercing is performed on the fleshy part of the skin at the front of the nose and not the actual cartilage separating the two nostrils, so the bleeding shouldn’t be too bad.

Your piercing aftercare regime is important and this will help the new wound to heal quickly. the area should be kept clean at all times and you should be careful to not touch the piercing too often or with dirty hands.

Septum Piercing Bleeding

As with all nose piercings, you should definitely expect some blood during or shortly after the procedure. The actual piercing is done through fleshy skin, which some call the ‘sweet spot’ and the pain nor the bleeding should be anything too excessive.

Good aftercare is needed with a septum piercing to ensure the area heals as quickly and efficiently as possible. This means you should leave the skin to its own devices and stop yourself from touching or playing with the area as much as possible.

Bleeding and small amounts of discharge will be expected for the first week or two as the most important parts of healing get underway, but leakage should slowly but surely come to a complete stop.

Why Is It Bleeding?

There will be bleeding to start with as you’re piercing the skin with a needle. The initial bleeding shouldn’t last for very long, and if it seems excessive or doesn’t stop, or you’re particularly worried about it then it would be best to consult your piercer. Blood-thinning medication and alcohol can make wounds bleed more due to affecting the clotting process

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 a reopening of the wound.

As the skin begins to heal, a small scab will likely form on either side of the septum. This scab will be delicate and if it’s accidentally nudged or displaced then it’s likely to bleed.

If your piercing is still oozing blood or discharge weeks after the initial procedure then there’s a likelihood that it’s become infected. If you believe the wound has become infected it’s important to see a doctor as soon as you can. Most infections can be successfully treated with a course of antibiotics. However, delaying initial treatment can allow the infection to move deeper into the wound and cause permanent damage to the area. On rare occasions, an untreated infection can become dangerous and make its way into the bloodstream.

An infected septum piercing

How Long Will It Take To Heal?

You may feel as though your septum piercing has healed by the six-week mark. However, the healing period deeper within the wound continues for up to six months and you still need to look after it during this whole period.

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

Good aftercare is the key to healing your new septum piercing. You should be cleaning the area regularly with a saline solution made of warm water and salt. This can be applied with a cotton swab to avoid touching the area.

It’s easier said than done but you should avoid sneezing as much as possible while the piercing is healing, and picking your nose is a definite no-no. Both of these actions can cause the area to bleed and accidentally reopening the wound by scratching it may lead to infection.


Septum piercing bleeding is common and small amounts of blood should be expected for the first few days after the piercing procedure. However, if there is excessive bleeding or the bleeding doesn’t stop then you should seek advice from your piercer or a doctor. Bleeding that stops and starts over days or weeks could indicate infection.

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