Tragus piercings, like all piercings, take its time to heal. There are no definite period as to when a tragus piercing should be fully healed but according to experience, it usually takes around 3 to 6 months. But then again, it depends on your body and its healing capability.
In this article, we will take about facts regarding the healing of a tragus piercing. Knowing the stages of healing would be very helpful for people who would want to get that cute piercing in front of your ear canal. It can also save them from stressing over the piercing if it doesn’t heal in a month or so. You will definitely want to follow these steps and wait the required before changing out the tragus jewelry you got when it was first pierced.
A Fresh Tragus Piercing Will Take Longer To Heal
Do not fret if your piercing does not heal immediately. Tragus piercings do take longer to heal than other types of piercings such as the earlobe, belly button, or tongue piercing.
Tragus piercing is a cartilage piercing. Cartilage piercings take longer to heal because it doesn’t have its own blood supply. At the start of the healing process, the wound will definitely look red, swollen, and tender. This is normal since the wound is just starting to heal. Such condition will last for a few days. Bleeding can also be observed during the healing process. Again, it is still a usual occurrence in a healing process of a piercing.
Pain can also be felt during the healing process. As long as it isn’t strong enough pain to distract you from your day to day life, then you’re fine. Also, some say that even though it takes approximately 6 months for the wound to heal, the pain may take a longer time to cease. However, it is still best to consult a doctor upon getting a tragus piercing to ensure that everything is in order.
Because of the long healing period of a tragus piercing, any medications for a piercing infection prescribed by a physician will also take longer to have an effect. If there is serious discomfort, seek the help of your physician or risk damaging the unhealed puncture.
The Best Method To Heal The Piercing ASAP
There are ways to speed up the healing process although there is no definite scientific study about it yet. Others say that using natural treatments like coconut oil or palm tree oil helps. Regular cleaning during the healing process is also a must.
Use a disinfectant to ensure that the wound will always be clean and therefore, risk of infections will also be lower. While your piercing is still healing, it is strongly advised that you do not change the first jewelry for a couple of months.
Frequent changing of the jewelry may infect your tragus due to rubbing while removing and wearing new jewelry. We know that it’s cute to have new jewelry every week or so but hold off accessorizing that much during the healing period of your piercing.
Be Patient, The Piercing Will Heal
Since there is no definite time period when your tragus piercing will fully heal, external factor such as a proper aftercare method is very crucial. With proper aftercare methods, you can ensure that your piercing is bacteria-free and hence, it would facilitate faster healing process. After the piercing is completely healed you can go ahead and shop for those cute cartilage earrings you've been eying.
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