Daith piercing is a common trend nowadays. Some people do it for fashion purposes and some do daith piercing for migraines or headaches as it is believed by some people that it gives relief during a migraine attack.
However, once daith piercing is done, it requires a lot of care because of it’s sensitivity to various types of infections.
As you know, daith piercing is done by puncturing the cartilage tissue directly outside of your ear canal, So, this tissue is thicker and denser than the cartilage on your lobe and other outer edges.
Moreover, the blood flow to this part of the ear is less, which may result in prolonged healing time. Well, you gotta be a lot of patient in this regard if you do daith piercing.
A typical piercing can take 4 to 12 months to heal, and yeah, you have to be ready to experience infection during this interval of time.
Wanna know more? Let’s move on to a detailed article about the problems you may face, how to solve them and the aftercare methods.
What to do before piercing
Well, there are several things that are needed to be looked after before going to the piercer. Moreover, it can be harmful to you if you just don’t follow these bits of advice……
- No Alcohol before piercing
You should not take Alcohol for at least 24 hours before piercing because it’s not just only illegal for the piercer to work on an intoxicated person but also, it can be very painful for you while puncturing the cartilage.
2. Take a meal and a plenty of water before the process
Just before going to pierce your ear, make sure that you take a good meal as it will keep the blood-sugar level maintained and stable.
It is also advisable to take a plenty of water because staying hydrated will help you to remain more energetic and focused.
3. Do a good research before piercing
Well, before going into anything like that, make sure that you do a good research in order to know if it’s really what you want!
Maybe, just like many people, you want daith piercing because it looks awesome, or you just want to do daith piercing for migraine. Although, in both conditions, just make sure that it’s the thing you really want.
4. Go to a professional piercer
It is very very important to go to a professional piercer instead of going to your friend to pierce your ear at a cheap price.
The higher cost of getting an experienced piercer is definitely worth it.
Actually, a professional piercer will make sure that the process just goes to completion in a hygienic, safe and sterile, clean environment.
Which with no doubt, makes sure that your daith piercing doesn’t become infected and potentially ruined, damaged.
5. Take proper care after the piercing
Right after the piercing is complete, it is very important and necessary to take care of your new piercing on the same day because, at that time, you’ll be more prone to an infection.
At least, you should clean your piercing two or three times on the first day, to keep the area as clean and sterile as possible.
However, it may feel a bit tempting, do not rub, itch or play with the new piercing as it will disrupt the healing and also, increase the chances of bacteria being transferred to the site of daith.
Things to do after piercing
Now, let us tell you what to do after the piercing is complete. Although, a professional piercer should provide you with aftercare information that what to do and what to care about, however, here are some of the most common things that need to be looked after when the piercing is done……
- You can soak a small ball of cotton wool in saline solution (salt water) or warm soapy water, and dab it onto the piercing wound.
- After cleaning the wound, dry the ear gently with a new paper towel. Because of the reason, that bathroom towel could spread germs, hair, dust, or some other irritable particles onto your piercing.
- Bedding and pillow sheets should be changed every few days to reduce the risk of sweat, hair, and germs which can cause harm to your daith.
- Try to prevent any buildup of earwax in your air canal, because it can disrupt the inner ear skin from healing.
- Try to avoid wearing such caps that could catch on the piercing.
- One of the most important points is, protecting your piercing from strong shampoos and conditioners because these products contain harmful chemicals which can slow down the healing process even more.
Things to avoid
In order to not make you asleep. Let’s just describe it in simple words for you.
Here is the quick list…….
- Avoid touching, tempting, and rubbing.
- Don’t wear a hat that can catch on piercing.
- If you just want to touch the piercing, make sure you wash your hands and if possible, use sterile gloves.
- Don’t change your daith jewelry until your piercing has fully healed.
- clean the wound thoroughly every day.
- Use the aftercare product for cleaning.
How to clean?
Well, many people have this question in their mind, let’s just clarify it for you with the help of some simple points.
- Using soap is not a good idea, as soap itself can get into the piercing. So you shall make a lot of effort to make sure that there is no soap left when cleaning is done.
- Cleaning your piercing, without the use of soap is also a good idea, just clean it with salt water solution or pre-made saline solution, morning and night.
- Keep away products like hair gel, skin oils, and sprays, as it can delay the healing process.
- Soak the piercing with a saltwater solution, or a pre-made saline solution morning and night. You can also use it at any time if the piercing get’s dirty.
- Follow this routine for 2 to 3 months, until you are sure that that your cartilage is completely healed.
- The best way to look after and making sure that your wound heals completely, quickly and cleanly, use a good quality aftercare product.
Symptoms of Infection
- Extreme sensitivity or pain when touched.
- Yellow, green, or brown discharge.
- Warm or hot tissue around the piercing.
- Swelling around the piercing.
- Body aches.
- Unsual smell around the piercing.
- Fever of 101°F (38°C) or higher
- Touching the piercing with unwashed hands.
- Bodily fluids, such as sweat and saliva.
- Make-up. cologne, perfume, and other products can also cause infection.
- Hair, hats touching piercing can also be harmful.
Treating an infected area
Once you suspect some kind of infection, don’t just try to wait it out. This will prolong your discomfort and may lead you to further complications. You should never try to drain pus or fluid from the infected area. This will make the infection even worse.
If the condition is severe, go to a good doctor, if mild, then it can be treated at home.
Let’s just give you some easy tips…..
1. Clean the area
First of all, cleaning the infected area is your primary defense against infection. So first of all, wash your hands with an anti-bacterial soap thoroughly, then gently clean the area of your piercing with your piercer’s recommended cleanser or soap formulated for sensitive skin.
One thing more, avoid using hydrogen peroxide or alcohol-based cleansers.
Also, make sure you clean the entire area around the piercing.
2. Apply a warm compress or just do a salt soak
A warm compress can help the infection drain and relieve the pain and swelling. Soaking the infection in a warm salt solution can also help the infection to heal.
To use a warm compress, just follow the below steps.
- Fill a clean cloth-based product — such as a sock — with rice, oats, or beans.
- Seal the compress so that none of the contents spill out.
- Microwave the compress for 30 seconds.
- Put a clean cloth or another barrier between the compress and your ear.
- Apply the warm compress to your ear for 20 minutes.
- Repeat this twice a day for relief.
To soak the area……
- Mix 1/4 tablespoon of salt or saline mixture with 8 ounces of warm, distilled water in a small cup or bowl that’s big enough for your ear.
- Dip your ear in the solution for a few minutes. Repeat this several times, replacing the solution regularly.
- After the area has soaked, use a clean cloth or gauze to dab the area dry.
- Repeat these steps two to three times a day until the infection clears up.
Avoid these type of antibiotics or creams……..
Some of the antibiotic ointments and creams are thick, which may likely, trap the bacteria under the skin. This can make the infection even worse than healing it. You should not need to use such antibiotics, even if they are available over the counter medications and as infection treatment medicines for home use. Just and only use topical antibiotics which are prescribed by your doctor.