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Tragus Piercing Pain

Updated on December 15, 2011

The tragus piercing is one of the more popular piercings that people choose to have in their ears. It is the small part of the ear that sticks out nearest to the temples (see picture). As we all know, the ear is quite sensitive and some say that tragus piercing pain is one of the worst piercing pains in the ear although people do seem to have different pain thresholds.

Tragus Piercing Pain and the Healing Process

It is debatable if tragus piercing pain is worse than any other ear piercing and it is hard to measure as pain is very subjective. However, given that the tragus is one of the thicker parts of the ear, there is a good chance that the pain here will be significant. Also, because of its thickness, it is necessary to use a form of piercing jewelry which has more length than a simple stud to allow the piercing to go all the way through.

Perhaps because of the thickness of the tragus, the healing process is quite slow too with initial healing taking between 2 to 4 months with total healing occurring towards the end of a year.

Tragus piercing pain experienced by people usually follows the pattern of a sensation of pressure pushed against the tragus which is quite painful in itself. Once the skin has been pierced and the needle goes through the tragus and pierces the cartilage, many people have commented on a ‘popping like’ sensation as the needle exits the other side of the tragus. This popping or crunching sound is amplified by its location right in the ear which makes it sound worse than it is. A similar sound would probably be heard when having a lip or nose piercing if it was situated in the ear.

A Tragus Piercing
A Tragus Piercing

As with all piercings of course, tragus piercing pain can be minimised by using someone who is skilled at the process and ensures that his equipment is kept clean and in good condition. Of course, it is hard to judge this from the exterior or from an advert. The best way to ensure that you have a successful piercing and that your tragus piercing pain isn’t too bad is to ask around your friends who have had successful and relatively painless tragus piercings.


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      Dee42 6 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      Well, who would of thought?! Very interesting. Good hub, I liked the part about safety and having professionals do that.