Side Effects of Piercing

  1. Infection and scarring: “Note that there is low blood supply to this area of the ear, which makes a tragus piercing at higher risk for infection or scarring,” says Sobel. Getting the piercing done by a professional and practicing proper aftercare will lower the chances of these side effects. “If you have any irritation or redness, it’s important to discuss with your dermatologist to find out the best solution for your specific needs,” Sobel adds.
  2. Allergic reactions: It’s possible to have “allergic reactions to the type of metal used for the earring,” according to Sobel. Common sensitivities include nickel, copper, and lower quality gold.2 If you’re sensitive to any metals, discuss this with your piercer before committing to a piece of jewelry.
  3. Hypertrophic scarring: While not quite a keloid, hypertrophic scarring is caused by excessive amounts of tissue forming over the pierced area. This type of scarring “is common among cartilage piercings,” says Sobel.
    Blisters: “If you have any irritation or see a blister/bump, it could be from hypertrophic scarring, or it could be an infection/abscess fluid trapped under or behind the piercing,” notes Sobel. While not all bumps are serious, it’s important to see a doctor if you notice anything more than minor irritation in the area.

Pain and Healing Time

Sure, pain is relative—to a point. Generally speaking, how much does a tragus piercing hurt? Lewis says, “Most cartilage piercings to me feel like pressure rather than pain. For example, I’ve had both a tragus and helix piercing done, and I wouldn’t say one was more painful than the other. Although, people are sensitive in different areas, so the amount of pain you would feel will vary depending on the person.” No pain, no gain, right?

While any ear cartilage piercing is tricky to heal, the tragus, in particular, gets in the way when talking on the phone, listening to earphones/earbuds, or using a Bluetooth earpiece. Germs are likely to be on those ear devices and can stunt your piercing’s healing time. It’s advisable to avoid anything from coming into direct contact with your tragus for at least a few weeks after getting pierced. “A lot of things will factor into the healing time of a piercing, but generally, we would say anywhere between six to 12 months,” says Lewis.

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