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Nose piercing  
Ok, so I got my nostril pierced a week ago and believe it might be migrating or even be rejecting.
First of all, there are no bumps, but it looks like there's hole over the piercing which is red. Since it isn't a bump, I fear it might be  migrating or even getting rejected.
The jewerly is white gold and it's a nose ring. I take good care of it an clean with antibacterial soap and saline solutions. Though it was pierced a week ago, it still hurts and is still red.
A few days ago something that looked like pus (green fluid) came out, but only once and that didn't happen again.
The piercing gets hit often, by me or by others. I rarely touch it with dirty hands and do not play with the jewelry at all.
The biggest issue is that the piercing (hole) seems to have been "stretched" vertically somehow. If I push the jewelry upwards, he still fits, which didn't happen the day I got it pierced.
The "excess" of the hole seems to be closing a little and returning to normal, but the area over my piercing is still red and looks like there's a hole there.
I hope it is because of it getting hit often and hard, because if it's getting rejected I wouldn't be able to pierce it again and would get a permanent scar, right?

The angle of the piercing may be part of the issue, but likely if it was "hit often and hard" that is the cause of the irritation. has gentle aftercare suggestions that should help.

Antibacterial soap may be irritating the area.

Don't expect it to migrate or reject, but it may need to have different jewelry for healing, such as Titanium certified to ASTM F67 or F136, and some patience for it to get better.

You could visit my colleague Piercer Snoopy in SP for a checkup in person

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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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