Nose piercings are one of the most common body modifications, so it’s no surprise that they can have a smell. Fortunately, it’s not a sign of infection.
The first step is to know what’s causing the smell. The most common culprit is an infection, but it can also be sweat, skin irritation or another issue.
Infections can cause pain, redness and pus in the pierced area. They may spread to other parts of your body, too. If you notice a bad smell, swelling, or other symptoms of an infection, you should get it checked out by your doctor immediately.
Sweat and dirt can also cause a bad odor, especially when the nose piercing is located in a sweaty area. It’s important to clean the piercing frequently.
Cleaning a nose piercing is easy, just be sure to rinse it thoroughly with warm water in the shower. This will help eliminate built-up sweat, bacteria, and oil that can make the piercing smell.
If the odor persists after a shower, it’s time to take action and see a doctor for an infection. The doctor can treat the infection and help you avoid further complications.
Nose piercings are often a first-time experience for people, so it’s normal to have some discomfort, says Jeannette Graf, MD, board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. However, if you notice a fever or severe pain in the piercing, it’s best to get it checked out by your doctor.