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Hi. I had my nostril pierced in 2005 and have changed the jewelry before with a 20g nostril screw. I recently bought an 18g nostril screw and after I put it the piercing became sore. I started the sea salt soaks and cleaning process but a week later it feels the same. I guess I have two main questions: 1. How long until the soreness goes away or do you recommend downsizing to 20g and 2. If I change back to a 20g nostril screw at any time (be it today or 5 years from now) will the hole be too stretched out to accommodate the smaller jewelry? Any advice you have would be really great :). Thanks!

Hello Katie, might help explain why the area is irritated.
If the jewelry was not smooth, sterilized and well lubricated when inserted, the area could have been pinched or scratched and there would be a risk of infection. If you treat it like a new piercing, it should be well soon. Once the area relaxes, it should be easy to change from 18 to 20g and back. explains gentle care.

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Brian Skellie


I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.


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Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

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