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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
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 more
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
Even after the tragus piercing is healed I still can't clean it with alcohol. How long do I have to wait?
Alcohol can dry: Out the surrounding skin excessively.Get a more detailed answer ›
Antibiotics & check: If the tragus is red, swollen & tender from an infection, I would first start a topical antibiotic ointment to the area like bactroban (mupirocin). I would get this checked out by an ENT doctor who may be interested in prescribing oral antibiotics for this if needed. The most important thing is to see a doctor to start some form of antibiotics if needed. An ENT would be the best choice to treat this. ...Read more
I have a tragus piercing & got a big swell red ball and my piercing stud is still in there but can't see the front just the back part of piercing?
Infection?: More than likely an infection. See your pmd. In all liklihood, will have to be removed. Good luck. ...Read more
85 days left till Tragus piercing 2 b FULLY healed. Recently it started pussing thick stuff with blood. Puss stopped... Still bleeds on and off! WHY?
Tragus infection: Tragus is absolutely a very dangerous place to pierce and have an infection because it tracks deep down to the facial nerve and can cause significant complication. Please remove the foreign body immediately. Once there is an infection, it will not clear even with antibiotics until the hardware is removed. Bacteria form biofilm on foreign body, which will not respond to antibiotics or irrigation. ...Read more
Poss infection: All piercings are prone to infection - a blister or weeping, redness, warmth or pain should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more
I have a hard lump in front of my left tragus? Possible cyst? I do have a tragus piercing but it has been healed for well over a year if that may help
Most likely fibrosis: Most likely fibrosis as a result of healing after peircing ...Read more
Irritation: Blood blisters most likely result from trauma or rubbing of the ornament on the skin. Infection is a concern if there is pain or swelling and the danger of piercing s close to or through cartilage of the ear is the risk of allowing skin bacteria to get into the cartilage which can produce difficult to treat infections and potential loss of normal cartilage resulting in ear deformities ...Read more
If my lymph gland is slightly swolen, could that mean my tragus piercing is infected or being rejected?
Possibly: Any infection can cause a lymphnode to be inflamed. If your piercing is red or inflamed it might be the source. ...Read more
New Tragus piercing is oozing white stuff. Possible infection? I herd removing piercing is bad because it can seal infection in 2 your body. True?
A tough problem: Cartilage piercings can be very problematic. Sometimes when the piercing gets infected it can lead to hypertrophic scarring. Other factors such as genetics can come into play. The best way to manage it is to remove the earring and begin scar massaging. Over time it should improve. This will sometimes benefit from a steroid injection or may require scar revision. It will never disappear completely. ...Read more
Will putting Vicks vapor rub on a Keloid help reduce the swelling? The skin has recently peeled off. I have the side tragus piercing & it is in btween
Keloids: A dermatologist can help not Vicks vapor rub ...Read more
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