Side effects of nose piercing may include infections, perichondritis and the formation of a septal hematoma, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Additionally, nose piercings can fall out easily and the person with the piercing may be at risk of swallowing or choking on it.
Infections are typically treated with antibiotics. If the condition does not improve, surgery to drain the affected area of puss and fluid build-up may be necessary, as stated by the National Institutes of Health's MedlinePlus. It is advised to seek medical attention if the infection worsens, such as the appearance of a septal hematoma or necrosis, which can lead to deformation of the nasal cartilage, notes the American Academy of Family Physicians.