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Published on: 21 Mar 2011 by rawrygawrgrrr
I kinda wanna get this piercing..
The tragus piercing is a perforation of the ear for the purpose of inserting and wearing a piece of jewelry. The tragus projects immediately in front of the ear canal. The piercing itself is usually made with a small gauge hollow piercing needle, and typical jewelry would be a small diameter captive bead ring or small gauge post style piercing jewelry. A related piercing is known as the Antitragus piercing
The best time to clean a piercing is usually thought to be out of the shower. Encrusted discharge and the skin surrounding the piercing are softened by the steam and hot water, making it easier to rotate the jewelry and remove any excess material from the piercing. To clean your tragus piercing, dab or soak it with a sea salt solution or saline for a few minutes (generally optional) to soothe the wound and further soften the crusty bits. Use only sterile cotton balls. Washcloths and towels are home to many, many bacteria who would love to set up shop in your piercing. Discard the first cotton ball and use a drop or two of antibacterial soap (unscented, to avoid irritation and allergic reaction) on another, dampening it with water. Now dab the area around your piercing, rotating the jewelry to help disperse the antibiotic in the wound and to remove any excess discharge. Leave the soap on your piercing for one or two minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Dry the area with a clean tissue, not a towel!
Repeat this process twice a day for the first week and once thereafter until the piercing seems fully healed. If you find that the area becomes dry and irritated, clean less frequently or using a milder soap. Be sure to avoid exposure to sources of infection, like unclean bed sheets or pillow cases. Because it is difficult to bandage an ear piercing of any sort, you need to take special care to clean your linens before sleeping on them. Whenever possible, sleep on the opposite side of your piercing to avoid placing undue pressure upon it. Regular agitation of the piercing will lengthen the healing period considerably.
Healing Time: 8-16 weeks