The Daith piercing goes through the smallest fold of cartilage in your ear, right at the point where the outer ridge that runs along the top of your ear connects to your inner ear, just above the ear canal. It can be challenging to pierce at times due to its small size and curving shape, but once done, most people don’t frequently replace the jewelry.
Some people with migraine have reported that their Daith piercing resulted in reduced pain during migraine attacks, leading others to seek out the piercings exclusively for their potential to reduce migraine pain. The fact that the daith piercing is located on an acupressure point in the innermost cartilage fold of the ear may play a role in this. However, keep in mind that according to specialists, the risks—such as pain and infection at the piercing point or nerve damage if the piercing is performed improperly—might outweigh the advantages.
Daith Piercing FAQ’s
Daith Piercing Procedure
Choosing the Right Piercing Studio
Before diving into the piercing procedure, it’s essential to make an informed decision about where to get it done. Here’s what to look for in a reputable piercing studio:
- Hygiene and Safety: Ensure the studio follows strict hygiene and safety protocols. Check that they use sterilized equipment and jewelry.
- Experienced Piercers: At Rebel Inks Tattoo Removal and Piercings Parlour we have experienced piercers who can provide guidance and answer your questions.
- Client Reviews: Read online reviews and ask for recommendations from friends who have had piercings done.
The Daith Piercing Procedure: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Your daith piercing journey begins with a consultation with your piercer. This is the time to discuss your preferences for jewelry, such as small hoops or curved barbells.
- Your piercer will also examine your ear to determine if the daith area is suitable for piercing.
Marking and Sterilization
- On the day of your appointment, the piercer will mark the precise spot where the daith piercing will be placed. This ensures accuracy and symmetry.
- The area around your ear will be cleaned and sterilized to minimize the risk of infection.
- With the placement marked and the area prepped, your piercer will use a sterilized needle to create the hole through the daith. You may feel a quick, sharp pinch or sting during this step.
- Once the hole is created, your chosen jewelry will be inserted into the piercing. This is where your unique style begins to shine.
- Common jewelry options for daith piercings include small hoops or intricate curved barbells.
Pain and Healing time
As with any piercing, discomfort is a common concern. The discomfort from a Daith piercing is different from that of a helix piercing, which feels more like a dull pressure. Of course, everyone has a different threshold for pain, so what some people find to be uncomfortable, others may not. A Daith piercing is generally considered to be slightly more painful than earlobe piercings since it is situated in a firmer location (the cartilage) where you will always feel greater resistance.
Each person heals at a different pace. The healing process often takes six to nine months. At Rebel Inks Tattoo we don’t encourage sleeping on new piercings until they’ve fully healed, but unlike some of the outer-ear piercings, most people can sleep on a Daith piercing within a couple of months. Even though you won’t likely experience pain during the entire healing process, it’s still vital to take care of it and keep it clean.
Daith piercing healing process
The healing process for a daith piercing can vary from person to person, but it generally follows a similar timeline. Proper aftercare is crucial for a smooth and successful healing process. Here’s an overview of what you can expect during the healing journey of a daith piercing:
Immediate Post-Piercing (Day 1-2)
- You may experience some pain, swelling, and mild bleeding immediately after the piercing. These symptoms are common and should subside within a few days.
- The area around the daith piercing will feel warm and tender.
- Your piercer will provide aftercare instructions, which you should follow diligently.
- Swelling and tenderness should start to decrease during this time.
- The ear may remain slightly red or pink around the piercing site.
- Continue to clean the piercing with a saline solution as instructed by your piercer.
- Avoid touching the jewelry or piercing with dirty hands.
- By this point, the initial healing phase is usually well underway.
- Swelling should have subsided significantly.
- The redness should continue to fade, and the area should look less irritated.
- You may still experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity.
- Continue cleaning the piercing, but the frequency may decrease.
- Most daith piercings will be fully healed within this time frame. However, individual healing times can vary.
- Swelling and tenderness should be completely gone.
- The piercing may still be somewhat sensitive to pressure, so be gentle when changing jewelry or handling the area.
- Continue cleaning the piercing regularly until it is fully healed.
After 3-6 Months:
- After the initial healing period, you can consider changing your daith jewelry if desired.
- It’s crucial to wait until the piercing is fully healed before switching to different jewelry. Consult with your piercer if you have any doubts.
Full Healing (6 Months to a Year):
- Daith piercings may take anywhere from six months to a year to heal fully, depending on individual factors and aftercare practices.
- Once fully healed, the piercing should feel comfortable, and you should be able to wear a wide variety of daith jewelry styles without issues.
- Even after complete healing, continue to practice good hygiene and clean your daith jewelry regularly.
By properly caring for your Daith piercing, you can hasten the healing process (and avoid infections). We at Rebel Inks Tattoo advise twice daily cleaning with sterile saline, which may be made by mixing 1/8 teaspoon of non-iodized, iodine-free sea salt into 1/2 cup. We also implore you to resist the urge to play with, twist, or touch a fresh piercing, especially while it is still healing.
In order to prevent bacterial infections, it’s also vital to change your pillowcase on a regular basis. You should also steer clear of harsh chemicals in cosmetics, hair products, and perfumes, and watch out for hair accessories like caps and headbands that could snag on your piercing. Rebel Inks Tattoo recommends using a 5% benzoyl peroxide cleanser in the shower, but be sure to thoroughly rinse, as it can cause irritation. Last but not least, wait till your daith piercing has fully healed before removing it.
Patience and Healing, Understand that daith piercings can take several months to a year to fully heal. Be patient and consistent with your aftercare routine to promote healing.
Follow-up with Your Piercer, It’s a good practice to schedule a follow-up appointment with your piercer a few weeks after the piercing to ensure it’s healing correctly and to address any concerns or questions you may have.
Remember that everyone’s body heals differently, so the healing time for daith piercings can vary. Consistently following proper aftercare is essential for a successful healing process and to enjoy your daith piercing without complications.
What Is Jewelry Material Used for a Daith Piercing?
Implant-grade materials like titanium, niobium and stainless steel have far lower nickel contents than surgical steel and won’t corrode over long periods of time. They make excellent hypoallergenic choices for a brand-new piercing.
What Type of Jewelry Is Used for Daith Piercing?
Although there are countless options available for daith jewelry, Rebel Inks Tattoo encourages ring-style jewellery such as hoops, heart-shaped rings, and captive bead hoops. Some of the more popular options are listed below.
Captive bead: A captive bead ring (CBR) is a basic yet edgy-looking circular hoop earring with a bead dangling in the centre.
Hoops: Since this type of earring hugs the cartilage and is incredibly adaptable, hoops are a common choice for a daith.
Barbell: A barbell, especially one that is curved, can be used for daith piercings. The barbell resembles a real barbell weight because it is a metal rod with balls on the ends. To allow the bar to pass through the piercing, one of the balls can be removed.
Clicker earrings: Resembling a standard hoop in design, these earrings contain a clicking mechanism that springs up for simple putting on and taking off. fantastic for novices!
How do you remove/ replace your Daith piercing?
It’s important to make sure your piercing is fully healed before removing/ replacing your daith jewelry. If you’re unsure, schedule a follow-up visit with your piercer so they can have a look and possibly help you switch out your jewelry when you’re ready. Bear in mind that these piercings take time to heal. When the time comes to replace them with something new, bear the following advice in mind since daiths are typically pierced with rings or curved barbells:
Rings: You could use clickers, which have a small post that is attached to a ring by a hinge and “click” shut. To change it out, gently pull the smaller segment away from the larger segment and open it up.
Curved barbells: To begin, place your thumb and index finger on the curved barbell. Then turn one of the detachable balls to the left and counterclockwise. Make sure to set the stopper down when taking off jewelry over a sink to prevent losing an earring.
Daith piercing side effects
Ear anatomy: Daith piercings depend more on the individuality of the cartilage as well as the size and form of the ear because they are located on the cartilage rather than the earlobes. Ear shape—specifically anatomically—will determine if it’s even possible to pierce.
Infection and inflammation: Piercing any ear cartilage increases the risk of infection and may even cause chondritis, an inflammation of the cartilage. A fresh piercing can be taken care of properly to reduce risk.
Blood infection: On the more serious end of things, getting pierced puts you at risk for blood infections like hepatitis C. 2 Always use a brand-new needle when getting pierced by a reputable specialist.
Be wary of keloids, which are permanent, thick, pink scars that spread beyond the area that was pierced. “Consider reconsidering your decision to pierce any region of your body, if you have a personal or family history of keloid formation, as they can be very challenging to treat.
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