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Why does my tragus piercing hurt?

Why does my tragus piercing hurt?

Infection?: Piercing your tragus was a bad idea since the piercing goes through cartilage. Please have your ear examined by a doctor for signs of infection. ...Read more

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How much do tragus piercings hurt?

How much do tragus piercings hurt?

Tragus piercing: A lot- especially if an infection sets in and your cartilage becomes infected. It isn't worth it! ...Read more

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How badly can the tragus piercing hurt?

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

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What is the pain rating of tragus piercing?

What is the pain rating of tragus piercing?

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

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How much time do I have to clean my tragus piercing?

How much time do I have to clean my tragus piercing?

Tragus piercing: It is in your best interest to keep it clean to avoid an infection, especially of the cartilage. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean a tragus piercing when you can't remove the hoop earring itself?

Antiseptic: Cleanse with peroxide diluted 1:1 with water, followed by isopropyl alcohol, then Bacitracin antibiotic ointment 3 x daily. Important especially after showering. Tragal cartilage infections can be a problem so best to avoid with meticulous care. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use dial soap on a tragus piercing?

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

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What to do if I have headaches after tragus piercing?

What to do if I have headaches after tragus piercing?

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

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Tragus piercing infection. What can I do?

Tragus piercing infection. What can I do?

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

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My tragus piercing site is swollen! Do I apply warm or cold compres?

My tragus piercing site is swollen! Do I apply warm or cold compres?

Swollen tragus: How long ago was the piercing? It may be infected and need antibiotics and/ or removal of the piercing. Follow up today with doc/ urgent care. ...Read more

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Tragus piercing 20 days old is infected. Think there is puss in it. What do I do?

Remove piercing: Clean site with peroxide, use topical antibiotic, and if red/tender/swollen beyond size of a nickel--needs seen by Dr and likely oral antibiotic to address infection of cartilage. Can always attempt re-piercing once fully healed. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have hard red bump beside tragus piercing?

Red bump tragus: If you have a red bump after tragus piercing, there may be an infection. You can have your ear evaluated for possible treatment. ...Read more

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My tragus piercing has a blister right underneath it, what does that mean?

My tragus piercing has a blister right underneath it, what does that mean?

Poss infection: All piercings are prone to infection - a blister or weeping, redness, warmth or pain should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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What are the causes of blood blisters under tragus piercings?

What are the causes of blood blisters under tragus piercings?

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

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What do ent's say about tragus piercings?

What do ent's say about tragus piercings?

Avoid: Not a fan of piercing any ear cartilage. Serious problems if the site gets infected. ...Read more

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Why is there a sore bump behind my tragus piercing?

Why is there a sore bump behind my tragus piercing?

Score ear piercing: Infection of cyst infected. Best to remove piercing and see your doctor for local and PO antibiotic care. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

Lets review your que: No, leaving in the foreign body causing the infection is worse. I would remove the piercing and decide to do it in the future use a replicable piercer and cleanse as per their protocol. ...Read more

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Tragus piercing - would it be a good idea to use salt water if there's an infection?

Tragus piercing - would it be a good idea to use salt water if there's an infection?

Yes: Rinse out well with any kind of water. Throw away Bacitracin & neosporin: they are absolutely useless and are among the most common things people are allergic to. Frequently allergic reactions to these useless antibiotics are mistaken for infections because they are red & weepy. ...Read more

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How to get a Hypertrophic scar on my (23 Day old Tragus piercing) 2 disappear compleatly?

How to get a Hypertrophic scar on my (23 Day old Tragus piercing) 2 disappear compleatly?

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

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Can I use eye drops to clean tragus piercing?

Can I use eye drops to clean tragus piercing?

Eye drops: There are many different types of eye drops. Probably not. I would follow the instructions of the person who did your piercing. ...Read more