Nothing says “I’m edgy” like adding a ton of hardware to your ears. Okay, a few tattoos or a criminal record adds a bit more edge than a dainty hoop. But we’re big fans of accessories and robbing a bank sounds hard, so we’re thinking about getting a daith piercing instead.
Not only does it look cute, this piercing is even believed to have some health benefits. So if you’re feeling the itch to go under the needle, ask your piercer if they take your insurance!
We’re mostly kidding on that, but we have saved you from asking tons of questions about a daith piercing by rounding up all the information you’ll need, such as cost, pain level, aftercare, and whether a daith can actually can help prevent migraines.
What Is a Daith Piercing?
Just above your ear canal on the inside of your ear is the fold of cartilage known as the daith. Unfortunately, if this part of your ear is particularly small, then a daith piercing may not work for you. May we suggest a helix piercing instead?
Like all cartilage piercings, it should be pierced by a professional piercer. Our condolences if your cartilage piercing that a 17-year-old gave you at Claire’s in 7th grade still isn’t quite right. You’re older and wiser now… at least when it comes to piercings.
How Much Does a Daith Piercing Cost?
Daith piercings can cost between $30 and $80, not including the cost of jewelry. And like any piercing, you don’t want to scrimp on cost, because tetanus isn’t a cute look. So try to find a nice mid-range piercer that’s certified and experienced.
How Painful Is a Daith Piercing?
The pain level of every piercing varies depending on person getting pierced and the skill of the piercer. Since a daith piercing is relatively deep in your ear, the piercer may have to fiddle around to install the jewelry, and this might be a little uncomfortable.
But many people say that it’s not especially painful as far as piercings go. Either way, it can’t be worse than burning the roof of your mouth on a slice of pizza.
How Long Will My Daith Piercing Take to Heal?
While your ear may start to feel better after a few weeks, the healing process of a daith piercing can take a while. According to professional piercer Matt Southwood, it could be healed in two to three months, but that’s just the minimum. To be on the safe side, he recommends waiting to change your jewelry until six to eight months after your piercing.
And instead of diving down a WebMD hole to figure out if your piercing is healed, just take note if you can go two weeks without any soreness, crust, or discharge on your piercing. Then you should be good to go. Also, you probably don’t have shingles.
Finally, make your life easier and don’t get your daith pierced on the side you sleep on. We don’t care if it’s your “good” side – this will make the healing process more painful and possibly delay it.
What’s Good Daith Piercing Aftercare?
You’ll want to avoid touching or rotating your piercing during the healing period. So maybe buy yourself a fidget spinner to keep your hands occupied. Or a smartphone. We hear they work almost as well.
Most importantly, you’ll want to use clean hands to wash your new piercing in saline or saltwater until it’s healed. No hydrogen peroxide, or alcohol, or Neosporin needed.
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When Can I Change the Jewelry and What Jewelry Is Best?
Start filling up your online shopping cart with as much bling as you want now, but you’ll have to wait until your daith piercing is fully healed before you swap out your jewelry. That doesn’t mean “kind of” healed. We’re talking a full, 100 percent.
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Once you get the green light, then the fun begins! Unless your name is Gatsby. Otherwise, you can choose between a variety of hoop styles, rings, or curved barbells. And make sure you stick with jewelry that’s made of stainless steel, titanium, or gold. Your ear should only be green if you’re going as Elphaba this Halloween.
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Can Daith Piercings Help With Migraines?
The daith piercing rose to major popularity after rumors spread that it can ease the pain of migraines. While this sounds like the most fashionble way to hurt less, this claim is unfortunately not backed by any evidence other than patient testimonials.
Dr. Emad Estemalik of the Cleveland Headache Clinic says, “There’s nothing in literature I’ve heard of, nothing I’ve read about, nothing I have studied out there that supports such a procedure to treat migraines.”