How to put in a corkscrew nose stud

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How to put in a corkscrew nose stud
Remember to only use properly sterilised jewellery to change your piercing. (teenage girl looking down image by Galina Barskaya from

A corkscrew nose stud is a small piece of jewellery that fits right up against the side of your nose. Since it is a combination of both circular and straight wire twisted into a corkscrew shape, it is more tricky and complicated to insert than the typical type of nose ring. The key to inserting the stud properly is to take your time and make sure you are using clean, sterile jewellery.

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Things you need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Towel
  • Sea salt
  • Cotton balls
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide

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    Wait until your piercing has healed. It will take at least two months for your nostril piercing to heal completely, but it is best to wait at least four months to change the jewellery. Trying to do so before the hole has properly healed can cause it to close immediately after you remove the original ring. You may also experience scarring, infection, pain and irritation.

  2. 2

    Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. Using a clean towel, dry your hands completely to minimise the risk of dropping the jewellery. Practicing good hygiene will ensure that you will help prevent the spread of bacteria and a subsequent infection.

  3. 3

    Disinfect the jewellery. You can mix ¼ tsp of sea salt with 236ml. of warm water and then soak a cotton ball in the solution. Wipe the ball and the twisted post of the study with the solution. You can also use saline solution, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, or you can boil the jewellery if no other items are available.

  4. 4

    Remove discharge from the piercing. Use a fresh cotton ball soaked in a sea salt solution to help remove any discharge from the hole. This will also help guide the old stud out more smoothly.

  5. 5

    Remove the original piercing. If you need to, stand in front of a mirror so that you can get a better view of what you are doing. Use your thumb and first finger to pinch the ball of the study and gently twist in a counterclockwise motion to loosen and remove. Set the original piercing aside.

  6. 6

    Insert the tip of the fresh piercing into the opening on the outside of your nostril. Using your opposite hand, slide the first finger into your nostril and locate the back of the hole to help guide the stud into place. If you are having difficulty, you may opt to use an antibiotic license or vaseline to help guide the post.

  7. 7

    Push the stud into the hole. Continue to twist it clockwise until you feel the tip of the post poking through the hole. Once it is through and you feel the tip on the pad of your finger, remove your finger from your nostril. You can now continue to twist until the ball is up against the side of your nostril.

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    Make sure it is inserted properly. Blowing your nose gently is a way to test to see if the nose stud fits properly. Cover the nostril that is not pierced and blow through the other one. If there is no pain, irritation or bleeding, you have successfully changed your nose stud.

Tips and warnings

  • If inserting the stud becomes painful or bleeding occurs, stop inserting the jewellery immediately. Clean the hole with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol and consult a physician.

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