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Tragus piercing: The tragus is the small cartilage of your outer ear, just in front of the opening of the ear canal. Much like the earlobe, this area is not that sensitive to pain, but it is slightly more sensitive than the ear lobe. The ear canal, on the other hand, is very sensitive to pain. I would caution against piercing this area as it puts the cartilage at risk for infection, called chonditis. ...Read more
Tragus: The tragus is the small pointed eminence of the external ear in front of the ear canal. Unlike the ear lobe, it has a core of cartilage. I have seen pain ratings (on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the worst) ranging from 3 to 7. It probably depends greatly on the person and on the method of the professional doing the piercing. I would find someone who had a good experience and use that piercer. ...Read more
Ear Swelling: Swelling may be a sign of infection. See your primary care doctor or an ENT doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
18 days since I got my Tragus pierced and it still hurts a TAD when u touch the earring. Is that normal?
Yes: Yes, but until it heals completely, you are at risk for infection. Watch for increasing redness, cloudy drainage, worsening pain that could indicate that it is infected. ...Read more
I got my tragus pierced about 3 months ago and it still hurts and it still is getting the crusties on it. Why?
Maybe....: Because your tragus was never meant to be pierced! Seriously, it sounds like you might have a bit of an infection going on. You could also be reacting to the metal in the piercing. Keep it clean, I like using peroxide and then dabs of neosporin myself. Get it checked out. I do find that for some people, the "crusties" without infection can persist. ...Read more
Dial soap is very : Drying. With a new piercing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide may cause the surrounding skin to dry out excessively. New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing ; allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution at a drug store. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Headaches: Usually a piercing does not cause headaches. They may be related based on "stress" or other factors in your life. If your headaches are not responsive to OTC Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin assuming you are not allergic to these medications you may want to seek a consultation with a neurologist for your headaches. ...Read more