When I first got my nose pierced the first thing my Mum said (after “why is your nose so swollen… oh my god!) was “so what happens when you catch a cold?” Good question I hadn’t thought about that before I let someone mutilate what’s probably the most prominent feature on my face. Bloody hell! Ok lets address this from the beginning; yes, when I first had it done I almost regretted it for over a week. It bloody hurt and my nose swelled up like a red grape. After it had healed however I became quite glad that I’d had it done. It was comfortable and I quickly forgot that it was there. Then came the day when I caught a cold.
At first I panicked and thought, “damn this is it, my Mum will be proven right, this was a bad idea”. Of course, anyone with a nose-piercing nose (sorry I couldn’t resist the pun) that getting a cold is not an issue, especially if you have a comfortable ring or stud (but yes the giant spike I had in there for all of two days did cause a problem). You just get on with it like everybody else does – you just might have to scrape a bit on crusted snot off the ring/stud every now and then.
My piercing has been in years now but every time I get a cold someone (usually someone with no piercings or ink) will ask me that same bloody question “what happens when you catch a cold?” Arrrgh!
Do you ever get asked the same question over and over again?