Nose piercing is not a new phenomenon. It is a very old tradition which has its roots in the Middle East. From the Middle East the custom was taken to India by the Mughals way back in the 16th century. This tradition of the nose piercing is still prevalent in many parts of India.
Basically, there are three types of nose piercings namely nostril piercing, nasal septum piercing and bridge piercing. In India, it is believed that the left nostril if being pierced can help relieve pain during the child birth. Apart from the health benefit, the nose piercing has also added a new dimension to the fashion industry. It has become the latest fashion trend among the young generation.
Talking about the technique of the nostril piercing it can be said that nostril piercing is done by passing a needle through the tissue and replacing it with a piece of jewellery, either a stud or a nose ring. These nose studs usually have a screw behind them to keep them in place. Under the septum piercing, there is the puncturing of the tissue inside of the nose, on the septum. The jewellery that can be worn for this type of piercing includes rings, barbells, tusks or spikes. The third type of piercing i.e. bridge piercing involves the wearing of barbells. Proper care must be taken in selecting the jewellery for a pierced nose as the jewellery type mainly depends on the type of piercing undertaken. It is believed that jewellery made of 14 or 18 carat gold, surgical steel, niobium or titanium is the best in the beginning while sterling silver jewellery can be used only after the piercing has healed.
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The most important thing to be kept in mind while getting your nose pierced is that never go in for the nose piercing done with the help of a piercing gun as it may traumatize the nose tissue and cause infections. Healing can take up to 12 months so proper care must be taken during this time period. Never touch the pierced area with dirty hands and also don’t try to remove the jewellery before the piercing is healed as it may lead to different infections. Always use an antibacterial soap to clean the pierced area.
I hope by now you must have understood the steps which you need to take in order to have a safe and happy nose-piercing experience.
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