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Ear & Body Piercing/Double-flare, internally threaded stuck in septum


I have a septum piercing at a 6g now, but my problem is that i had an internally threaded, double-flared septum ring put in that is now stuck screwed in. I've had two professional piercers in my city send me home because they didn't even want to attempt taking it out, and my attempts to take it out at home have been futile. The piercing is very painful and all I want is my ring back. What should I do?

Was the company that sold the piece to you of any help?

In my experience, this sort of jewelry does not work well in a septum or other area where it could build up fluids that harden. These residual dried fluids will need to be softened by soaking in a saline solution for an extended period of time. You can try to place saturated gauze in each nostril for a few hours, then dry the area and use thick rubber gloves to grip it and unscrew.

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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.


Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products

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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Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04( former Member AAMI ( Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade( teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. and

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