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Tragus Piercing Pain

Is the Tragus Piercing Pain Unbearable? Find Out Now

Tragus piercing pain is supposed to be pretty tolerable, since the cartilaginous portion heals easier than a flesh wound. Let's look further into the details of getting this piercing done...
ThoughtfulTattoos Staff
Last Updated: Aug 12, 2017
The tragus portion of one's ear, is the little bulge that protrudes right in the center, above the ear lobe. People approach this type of piercing tentatively, but most of them out there are pretty adventurous in getting a tragus piercing done. The level of pain when getting this piercing done doesn't escalate to something that is unbelievably unbearable, and will heal in a span of a couple of days with the right care, coupled with patience.

The cartilaginous area is said to have a limited array of nerves, with not a lot of blood flow coursing through it, making it more likely to heal faster than a flesh wound. There's nothing that one has to fear when it comes to even a vertical tragus piercing; pain is a non issue here and depends on how you handle it and if care advice is religiously followed, as is mentioned earlier with the tragus piercing. A vertical tragus piercing involves the insertion of a vertically designed piercing that has its entry point from the top of the tragus, exiting from just below it. Other piercings involve a horizontal barbell or rings on the upper tragus.

An anti tragus piercing is done on the lower bulge that falls adjacent to the upper tragus, where either rings or barbells can be affixed. It is important to take care of these cartilage piercings since there are risks involved if one were to deviate from the guidelines involved when taking care of a piercing of this sort. Since it is still susceptible to an infection, any glitch in the aftercare process will prove to be pretty damaging to one's piercing wound.

How to Take Care of a Tragus Piercing

We now look into some aftercare advice, to help you take care of that fresh ear piercing that you've just gotten done.
  1. For those who are swimmers, it is advisable to avoid swimming during this time, since the chlorine in the water can infect your piercing. Even swims at the beach should be avoided for fear of an infection.
  2. When taking off your shirt, be careful that no material snags onto the piercing, as this can not only cause pain initially, but interfere with the healing process.
  3. Using unclean hands around your piercing, could transfer bacteria to the wound, and cause an infection in this way as well.
  4. You can use tea tree oil that's been diluted, should you ever spot a boil formation around your piercing. This is perfectly normal and can also be treated with salt water, which you can carefully dab onto the piercing area.
  5. Sleep on the opposite side of where your piercing is, since any kind of friction will slow down the healing, and worsen the pain when it is new.
  6. Be a little cautious around people who'll want to touch your piercing or inspect it, clean hands are important during this time. Also remember to be careful when putting on either headphones or a pair of earphones.
  7. Use biocompatible plastics for jewelry, and take in foods rich in minerals to help heal your piercing faster.
  8. Gently clean the area around the piercing, should pus form around it which is again normal. Use a saline solution and dab this onto the area of the piercing with a cotton bud.
Piercing pain of any kind is handled differently depending on who's getting it done, and where the piercing has been placed. If this is your first time, it is better to be sure first about what you're in for, by doing research first. Does it hurt? Yes it could, but if you've been tattooed or pierced before, the experience should be smooth sailing for you.