There is a fold of cartilage in your ear canal that sticks out. You can feel it by moving your finger upwards. This flap of cartilage is called a daith. As cartilage piercings continue to increase in popularity, this has become especially true of the daith piercing. The number of businesses willing to accept cartilage piercings for their employees has also increased.
Many of the employees are enjoying being able to have one of these unique piercings. This piercing enables you to take full advantage of the folds of your ears. Not only is the piercing extremely attractive, but many experts believe there are medical benefits as well. According to eastern medicine, the daith is one of the most important pressure points.
Acupuncturists use this point to provide relief from migraines and chronic headaches. The belief is a daith piercing activates your acupuncture pressure point permanently. The result is supposed to be pain relief. Although there is currently no medical proof to support this theory, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence.
Whether or not you believe your piercing will relieve migraines, you will love the sensational look. There are some unique challenges you will need to know about prior to getting this piercing.
Individuals Unable to Have Their Daith Pierced
No two people have exactly the same ears. Some ears are flatter while others have a lot of folds. Prior to having your daith pierced, you need to talk to the piercer to make certain your daith is large enough to accommodate both the piercing and the jewelry. Your daith may or may not be big enough to enable you to wear hoops. If you will not be happy with a curved barbell, you need to be sure your daith is large for hoops before you have it pierced.
If this will be your first piercing or your tolerance for pain is low, you may want to wait. A good piercer will make certain you are calm while performing the procedure easily and quickly. Despite this, there have been reports of individuals fainting while in the chair.
The Healing Process of Daith Piercing
In most cases, the healing process requires between two and three months. Depending on your body, you may need more time to heal. You should continue your aftercare processes and refrain from changing your jewelry until your piercer has thoroughly inspected your piercing to make certain it is completely healed. Although this is not the most painful piercing there is, it is one of the most painful you can get in your ear.
Due to the thickness of the daith cartilage, the puncture may not be as smooth or easy as with other piercings. You need to know how good your pain tolerance is prior to having this procedure. The reason this piercing is so challenging is the combination of the hard to reach area and the thickness of the cartilage. If you know you have a low tolerance for pain, consider choosing one of the more expensive piercers.
A better piercer will be more confident and experienced. This will help ensure you are more comfortable during your piercing. Due to the difficulty of the daith piercing, the pain after the procedure is often worse than with other types of piercings. For the first few days after your piercing, you should expect sensitivity in the area, redness and throbbing.
If this lasts for more than a few days or feels excessive, there may be something wrong. Your best option is speaking to your piercer.
The Rules Regarding Aftercare
Due to the difficulty in accessing your daith, it may be harder to keep the area clean. There are several good options. You can simply choose the one that works best for your circumstances. You can dip your ear right into a sea salt bath or a saline solution. The best option for ensuring your daith is clean is a soak. You can fill a mug your ear will fit into with an aftercare product or sea salt solution.
Your piercing will need to be completely submerged into the mug two or three times each day. Let your ear soak for three to five minutes before using a paper towel to pat it dry. If you are unable to use a sea salt bath, use a sea salt or saline compress. Soak a paper towel using a sea salt solution or an aftercare product. Hold the paper towel to your ear for three to five minutes.
In order to take the place of a sea salt bath, you need to make certain you have completely soaked your paper towel. Do not move or jiggle your jewelry. You can damage your cartilage much easier than your skin. This is the reason you need to be so careful your jewelry is moved as little as possible while you are healing. Damaged cartilage can result in numerous issues requiring a medical procedure to correct.
All of these complications can be avoided just by leaving your jewelry alone. Avoid placing any pressure on your piercing or leaning or sleeping against it while you are still healing. This can be especially challenging if you had both ears pierced at the same time.
The Styles of Daith Jewelry
Your initial jewelry will probably be either a 7/16 inch, 16G captive bead ring, or a 3/8 inch 16G curved barbell. Both of these styles will insert easily right after your piercing. The length will be able to accommodate the swelling while you are healing. Once you have completely healed, you can use a smaller size like 5/16 or 1/4 inches. One of the most popular options is clicker rings.
Clickers for this piercing generally have a flat prong as opposed to something curved. This enables your hoop to remain flush against your daith. You will have the option of selecting something more intricate to decorate this part of your ear. Captive bead rings and curved barbells are also very popular once the daith piercing has completely healed.
The sports beads will look fantastic as they peek out from your daith. You can add a unique look to your cartilage with a brightly colored bead. A splash of color looks especially nice since it will be on the inside of your ear. If you are interested in something subtler, try seamless hoops for a really cute look. This style is much more common for daith piercings because they are encompassed by the cartilage cluster.
Seamless hoops will not overwhelm your other cartilage piercings. If you want your beads to be located more centrally in your ear and like the look of a curved barbell, take a look at a circular barbell.