Body Piercing

How to Take Care of Tragus Piercing

A tragus piercing is one of the most popular type of of unique earlobe piercing, which is done on the inner hard section of ear cartilage. Any type of body piercing has the potential to cause infection. However, there is a higher chances of getting infections and many other risks in this type of piercing, because there is less blood supply in it. Thus, it makes your body more difficult to fight against the infection and prolong the healing period.

A tragus piercing usually takes longer time to heal properly than other earlobe piercings. This type of piercing usually takes 3-8 months to healed completely. During this healing period , it is very crucial to take care properly to prevent infections and many other serious problems. Here are some important guidelines to take care of your new tragus piercing.

Aftercare Tips

Many people may not experience any kind of pain during or after the procedure as the tragus do not have nerve endings. The pain levels differ from person to person depending on the skin type. The following are a few aftercare tips that will help in avoiding the infections caused due to the piercing.

  • The average healing time for this piercing is around 8 weeks.
  • During the healing period slowly move the jewelry around the hole while cleaning the pierced area.
  • You should clean the piercing area for at least 2-3 times per day.
  • Take a sterile cotton ball and soaked it in either disinfecting solution or saline solution, as guided by your professional piercer, and clean the piercing area regularly.
  • Make sure that you clean the jewelry also, when cleaning the piercing area. Gently twist the jewelry or ring to remove all the dirt formed inside the hole or on the jewelry.
  • Never touch the piercing area or the jewelry without washing your hands. Unwashed hands provides harmful micro-organisms and bacteria, which cause tragus piercing infection.
  • After cleansing, use a clean paper towel or tissue to dry it off. Avoid using the ordinary or regular towel.
  • When you use antibacterial soap to clean your piercing area, make sure that it contains triclosan or chloroxylenol.
  • You can also try taking zinc and vitamin C supplements to heal your piercing faster.
  • Don’t ever change the piercing jewelry till your piercing has healed completely.
  • Don’t let anyone whisper or kiss on the side where you got your new tragus piercing done, until the wound becomes normal.
  • To reduce irritation and bacteria, replace a clean pillow cover every other day.
  • Avoid wearing pullover shirts during your initial few days after piercing. Instead, wear only button up shirts to avoid snagging or tearing the jewelry.

Consult a doctor if you feel that the symptoms of this condition remain for a longer period of time.

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