Did you know that there is a right way and a wrong way to open a nose ring? Here is a quick list of the dos and don'ts when it comes to opening a nose ring (or a tiny hoop earring for that matter):
Do: Wash your hands. With soap and water, like a regular human.
Do: ABT - Always. Be. Twisting. Twist open the ends side to side, which keeps them in line with each other and makes it easier to get a tight closure.
Do: Only open it the minimum amount needed to slip it into your piercing.
Do: Gently twist it closed. You can use your fingers, but thicker gauges might require a pair of needle-nose pliers.
Do: Feel free to ask a friend for help. It could be a bonding experience for the two of you.
Don't: Open the hoop laterally. This not only makes the ring harder to close, it also stresses the metal in the wrong direction and could weaken the ring.
Final Note: You might feel a small amount of irritation after changing a piercing. This is pretty normal since you have been roughing it up a little more than normal. It can also happen if you are gauging up. Try rinsing your piercing with a saline solution or soak to soothe the irritation.