Out of the many different types of piercings, the tragus piercing is one of the most unique looking. The tragus is known as the thick piece of soft bone and flesh that covers the opening of the ear; it is intended to protect the tube that leads to the inner ear. The tragus is filled with nerves that cause pain to other areas of the ear as well. Due to the advancements in our knowledge of the pressure point, the tragus piercing is becoming more and more popular amongst women because it is known to be the point that, once pierced, reduces the pain caused by migraines.
If you decide to get a tragus piercing, you have to take care of it, and taking care of it is different from any other kind of piercing since it is known as a soft bone piercing and can be a very delicate piercing to deal with. In this guide, we will be giving you the steps on how to take care of your tragus piercing and how to make sure it heals up perfectly.
If you see or feel this, don’t panic!
If you see or feel discomfort around the pierced area, redness in the same area, warmth around the piercing, or light and yellowish crust appearing around the piercing, you can relax, do not panic, these are all completely normal things to see after a piercing. Make sure not to panic and regret your decision right away. These things are all normal, you have to give your piercing three weeks to heal itself first.
Because there is a lot more cartilage in this area of the ear compared to where piercings are usually located, you can expect that these piercings will sting more when you get them and the tenderness will remain for a little longer than usual. Once you get through the initial pain, however, it will all be worth it.
As much as possible, avoid unnecessarily touching the tragus piercing to avoid risks of infection since this is technically an open wound until it heals. Avoid impact on the pierced area or any weight being put on the area for the meantime. Unless completely disinfected, do not attempt to touch the pierced area for any reason.
Obviously, you also want to avoid touching this area because you want the wound to heal as fast as possible, and touching the area constantly will only delay the process. If you are used to having piercings, you probably have the necessary discipline to let the wound heal properly already. If this is a first for you, you just have to make sure that you develop the habit of just ignoring it when it starts to think.
Rinse any crust
When crust begins appearing around the piercing, you should not just leave it there. It is highly recommended that the crust rinsed off very carefully. Use warm water and a clean washcloth when cleaning your piercing. Give your piercing at least three weeks of healing before you completely rinse the area.
Keep it dry for a while
Avoid submerging the piercing in water to avoid risks of infection. Keep the piercing dry as much as possible, but if necessary, use a damp disinfected towel and just carefully dab the area you are trying to clean to avoid beating up the area too much.
Alcohol? Bad idea
Do not attempt to disinfect the piercing with alcohol, especially when it is still healing. This will definitely cause you extra pain and even damage the piercing. Remember, warm water is your best friend when trying to disinfect the piercing, never even attempt to use alcohol if you know that the wound is still open.
Don’t remove it yet!
Keep in mind that it takes about 3 months for the piercing to heal completely and properly. After this three-month period, then you can consider picking the jewelry you would like to replace the original one with. Allow the wound to heal around the original jewelry first.
Clean the jewelry
This is a tip you do after you heal up and you are able to replace the original jewelry that was in your piercing. Clean each barbel or jewel that you decide to place in the piercing. Disinfect it with warm water and clean off any crumbs before inserting the jewel into the piercing.
Once you decide to get a tragus piercing, for whatever reason that you’ve decided to, make sure you take care of your piercing accordingly. Don’t take any risks and avoid impact to the pierced area, treat it like a wound, allow it to heal, and clean only when necessary, warm water is your best friend, remember that!
You probably realize by now that this type of piercing requires a little bit of extra work but once you get used to it you will be left with a unique new look to boast of!