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Daith Piercing Information

Updated on April 13, 2012

What is a Daith Piercing?

Amongst the most common piercings where the cartilage in the ear is pierced, is the daith piercing. As with all piercings, decorative jewelry is used to accentuate the piercing. The exact position of a daith piercing is on the outer rim of the ear, in the part that is closest to the person's head. As well as the daith piercing, it is also possible to have an inner daith piercing, where the piercing is made in the piece of the ear cartilage which is just above the ear canal.

To perform this type of piercing, a curved needle is usually used as this helps to prevent any damage to the rest of the ear. As this part of the ear is less flexible than some other parts, any jewelry which is used for a daith is usually quite small.

Pain and Aftercare

Most types of body jewelry can be worn provided that they is small enough; however, the most popular type of piercing jewelry for a daith is the captive bead ring.

Usually, the first thing to cross a person's mind when they are considering a daith piercing is how painful it is likely to be. However, despite how it might appear, the part of the ear that is pierced actually has few nerves in it so it is relatively painless. You may feel a little pressure as the needle is pushed through and a very brief sharp sensation but that passes very quickly.

The healing stage can be a little more painful although not in a sharp pain kind of way unless you catch it on your clothing. You are likely to find it is quite sore for some time though. It is advisable also, not to change the jewelry unless the healing process is complete.

Taking good care of your daith piercing during the healing period is important and will help to get the best results. Bear in mind though, that the healing period can last anywhere from three months to over a year or more.

Taking Care of your Daith Piercing

You should ALWAYS make sure that your hands are clean and should avoid touching the piercing as much as possible. Under no circumstances should you touch the piercings with dirty hands as this is almost guaranteed to cause infections.

To clean the area, it is best to use plain water and using cotton wool, very gently dab it onto the area.

You could also use an antibacterial soap. It is probably best to avoid any that are scented though and use as natural and plain a one as possible. It is especially important to clean your ear if you are susceptible to sweating, such as during hot weather or after exercise.

If you do use antibacterial soap, always remember to rinse any soap off with water and allow it to dry naturally to avoid the friction of a towel. As we all sweat during sleep, make sure to rotate your bedding and use clean sheets and pillowcases as much as possible.

Close up of a daith piercing
Close up of a daith piercing

What Not to Do

As previously stated, one of the most important things to do is to avoid touching your ear, tempting though it may be.

If you have long hair, keep it away from your piercing as the oil in your hair can cause bacterial infections. Your hair may also become entangled in the piercing which would be very painful indeed. ONLY use water or bacterial soap to clean the area .. NEVER use alcohol or any chemicals to clean it.

Until the area has fully healed, persevere with the jewelry which is already in it. You can always change this once the process has finished.

And Finally

As with all piercings, do take some time to find a good piercer, explain what you want from your daith piercing and make sure that he is reputable. Trying to cut costs by using a cheaper, but less skilled, piercer may save you a little money but could cause you a lot of pain too.


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