Daith piercings require months to heal properly, and it’s crucial that you do all you can to keep them sanitary during this process. Try not to touch, squinch or sleep on them during this period in order to avoid infections and irritations.
Clean the piercing twice daily using sterile saline wound wash or H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray for best results, changing pillow sheets regularly to reduce risk of bacteria growth.
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1. Don’t touch it
Daith piercing may seem like an unconventional treatment solution for migraine sufferers, but it’s unproven and may actually worsen symptoms. Furthermore, it requires long-term commitment that could lead to side effects like infection and scarring – something some don’t seem to appreciate when making their decision.
After healing time has passed, trauma or poor aftercare are typically responsible for bumps on daith piercings. To minimize bumps and irritation, avoid touching, squishing or sleeping on the area during its healing phase to minimize bumps and irritation.
Monckton recommends using a twice-daily cleanser (sterile saline solution is best) to speed the healing process and protect from infections. Harsh cleansers such as hydrogen peroxide, alcohol or neosporin should be avoided on new piercings to avoid disturbing their delicate healing process; use instead a gentle cleanser from an established studio like H2Ocean that has specifically tailored products made for ear piercings for faster results.
Daith piercings typically take six months to fully heal, and during that time it’s essential that any potential triggers such as makeup or perfume be avoided to ensure an uninterrupted recovery process. Also regularly change pillow sheets in order to minimise bacteria build-up that could hinder healing efforts such as dust mites.
An effective daith piercing may not be in everyone’s budget, but with proper care it can make an adorable accessory that compliments nearly any hairstyle. Make sure that you visit a reputable studio dedicated to safety and hygiene; use only titanium jewelry until the piercing has healed (it has less chance of causing an allergic reaction than other metals); keep your piercing clean daily from chemicals or other irritants; this way it should last!
2. Keep it clean
Daith piercings are popular among migraine sufferers as they sit on an acupuncture point that has been proven to relieve migraine pain in studies. Acupuncture is an ancient practice involving placing needles at specific points to stimulate energy flow, realign your Chakras, alleviate pain and improve mental health; some piercers claim having your daith pierced will activate this point permanently and thus decrease migraine pain, but this claim has yet to be validated by research or medical professionals – relief may simply come due to placebo effect.
No matter if or when daith piercings help relieve migraines, they should still be treated like any other ear piercings. Regular cleansing with sea salt soaks and saline rinses is key to avoiding infections, tenderness and bruising as well as products which could irritate it such as hats or headbands that snag on it – changing out pillow sheets regularly also keeps bacteria at bay and will protect against irritation to your piercing.
If you don’t have access to a saline solution, use a paper towel saturated with water or gentle cleanser twice daily to clean your daith piercing. Be sure to gently remove crusty buildup without picking, as picking can lead to irritation and infection. It is recommended that fragrance-free liquid soap without antibacterial agents is used as this could further irritate the piercing.
Daith piercings may take longer to heal than other cartilage piercings because they pass through a thick cartridge area of the ear that can become easily irritated. To achieve optimal results, follow an aftercare routine and consult an experienced piercer.
3. Don’t irritate it
Cleanliness of daith piercings is important for overall health, but especially important if they cause irritation. Irritating the piercing may lead to inflammation or infection and should be avoided at all costs; excessive pressure, bumping it too frequently or touching too often could all increase irritation levels significantly; the same goes for wearing hats over it, sleeping on it or experiencing other trauma that leads to irritation of any kind.
Used incorrectly, using products on your piercing can also cause irritation and inflammation. When selecting products to apply on the piercing site, only use sterile saline solution or over-the-counter antibiotic creams like Bacitracin or Neosporin. Hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and harsh cleaners may hinder healing processes while inducing more damage than good.
At all costs, make sure that you do not rub or attempt to pop pimples near your piercings as this will irritate it further and may lead to infection. Also, avoid playing with or covering up your piercing as this could irritate the ear canal and expand its hole further.
Though many claim daith piercings help relieve migraine pain, there is no scientific proof. Some of the pain relief may be attributable to placebo effects: people who believe a treatment will work may feel better after receiving it and this can vary based on genetics and environment factors. Therefore, for optimal migraine care it’s better to utilize over-the-counter medicines and lifestyle modifications; for more severe migraine issues consult with a specialist or physician; they’ll know which are safest and most effective solutions available for you personally.
4. Don’t pick at it
One of the primary causes of infection in daith piercings is picking at them, as this could cause it to close or go through a regressive phase (i.e., turn into a helix). To reduce your chances of this happening it’s best not pick at it at all – doing so could close or regress it completely and require medical treatment if the infection spreads further.
As it can irritate and delay healing, alternatively use a homemade saline solution twice daily to clean it – for instance by dissolving one eighth teaspoon of non-iodized salt into 1/2 cup of water.
Your ears should also remain free from makeup, perfumes and other products that might aggravate or irritate the piercing. Furthermore, regularly changing pillow sheets to avoid bacteria and allergens entering into your pierced ears is highly recommended to ensure optimal healing and health.
Note that daith piercing alone won’t necessarily relieve migraine pain; though it may help, evidence doesn’t support its efficacy as a cure. Other treatments, like acupuncture and over-the-counter medications are more likely to work effectively.
Still, if you’re a migraine sufferer and considering getting pierced for yourself, do your research first and be cautious when selecting an experienced piercer and following their instructions for care. Avoid going to cheap “knock-off” tattoo parlors that offer low prices as infected piercings from them can not only be painful and dangerous – they can take an inordinately long time to heal (particularly if you are prone to bleeding).
5. Don’t remove it
Infections from daith piercings can be serious and lead to sepsis; so beware if left untreated. Furthermore, it’s wise to avoid submersion in standing waters such as hot tubs, lakes, rivers and pools until your piercing has fully healed; taking special care not to touch it or snag it on clothing when wearing hats or other head coverings can prevent such problems from occurring.
If you are considering getting a daith piercing to manage migraine pain, tread carefully. Although anecdotal evidence points towards its efficacy, scientific proof remains lacking – and even if it did work, acupuncture has proven more successful at alleviating migraine discomfort than this form of body modification.
To avoid complications with daith piercings, always seek professional assistance from a trained ear piercer. Be sure to get it from a shop with an excellent reputation for cleanliness and safety; additionally use jewelry made from implant grade stainless steel or titanium rather than cheap alternatives as cheaper jewelry may cause irritations that lead to bumps and slow healing time.
As previously noted, infection or having a low immune system could delay healing for your daith piercing, potentially taking longer than anticipated. You could even develop permanent scar tissue on the piercing hole known as keloids which is painful but preventable through proper aftercare practices like cleaning daily, wearing high quality jewelry and avoiding chemicals and irritating foods – by adhering to these tips your daith piercing should soon be in perfect condition!