Trendy nose rings can pose health risks

The ring once reserved for bull nostrils has made its way onto celebrities such as Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Sporting septum piercings, the hoop that goes in between a person’s nostrils, has become a trend.

Like all trends though, be wary before you take the plunge. Here’s what you should know:

Piercing this area takes skill.

The best way to minimize pain and maximize healing is to pierce the area between the cartilage and bottom of the nose, said Amy Loyd, D.O., an assistant professor of dermatologyin the UF College of Medicine. A reputable and experienced piercer, like one at a licensed tattoo shop, will be able to find that fleshy area.

“Not only do you want to avoid infections, which can be burdensome, but significant infections can lead to destruction of the septum and permanent saddle-nose deformity,” she said.

Proper hygiene is a must.

As with all piercings, there is a risk of contracting a blood-borne disease such as hepatitis and HIV. Make sure your piercer is using sterile, single-use needles.

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