Body piercing is an increasingly popular form of body modification with many variations. Ears are a common body part for those into piercings, but there are multiple types of ear piercings, other than an ear lobe piercing, including the daith. These cartilage piercings are a way to create your own stylish look with your choice of daith piercing earrings. If you’re thinking about getting an ear piercing and are trying to decide which type best suits your style, or simply want to know more about daith piercings, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading our guide to daith piercings to find out everything you need to know about this popular type of piercing. Below you’ll find details getting your datih pierced, healing times, pain tolerance of a daith piercings, if a daith piercing hurts, why you need a professional piercer, and potential migraine treatments.

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Daith Piercing

Daith Piercing Location: The daith piercing is an ear piercing located in the innermost fold of the ear cartilage.

Daith Piercing Process: A daith piercing is usually done with a standard 16 gauge piercing needle, because the cartilage fold is tougher than the more delicate skin of the earlobe.

Healing Time: About 9 months, sometimes up to one year

Recommended Jewelry: Horseshoe rings, captive bead rings

Now that you’ve read this guide to daith piercings and know more about the essentials of getting your daith piercing, here are some helpful piercing FAQs:

Q: What is a daith piercing? Where did it originate?
A: A daith piercing is a type of ear piercing that goes through the innermost cartilage fold, the crus of the helix. Body piercer Erik Dakota is credited with coming up with the daith piercing in the 1990s. The name “daith” comes from a Hebrew word meaning knowledge. The name supposedly came about being a female client of Erik Dakota thought he must have been very smart to create this cartilage piercing. Erik Dakota is also credited with creating both the rook piercing and body jewelry standards.

Q: Why do people like daith piercings?
A: The daith piercing can offer a fashionable element to your everyday style, as well as possibly offer other medical benefits.

Q: Can everyone get a daith piercing?
A: To find out whether you’re a good candidate for a daith piercing, we recommend speaking with a piercing professional. They will be able to assess how a daith piercing will look on you and inform you of any potential concerns.

Q: Does a daith piercing hurt?
A: As with any piercing, whether you experience pain with a daith piercing will depend on many factors, including your own pain tolerance. Each person’s body will react differently. You can prepare by talking to a piercing professional about pain management so you can be as comfortable as possible.

Q: How much does a daith piercing cost?
A: The cost of a daith ear piercing will vary by location and piercer. The most important thing to do is research and find a reputable piercer who will follow all appropriate procedures and be able to advise you about the cost. Daith jewelry varies in price as well, so this could make your total cost differ from shop to shop.

Q: How do I clean my daith piercing?
A: In order to make sure your piercing doesn’t get infected, piercing care is an essential part of any piercing process. This is especially true of a daith piercing, which has a longer healing time than other piercings and must be kept clean during that time. We recommend using H2Ocean piercing aftercare spray or saline solution. Speak with your piercer and make sure to follow all aftercare instructions. For more information, see our guide to how to care for your body jewelry and body piercings.

Q: Can I get a daith piercing if I have long hair?
A: Yes, people with long hair can get daith piercings, but you’ll want to be careful about your hair getting caught in the piercing, which could cause irritation.

Q: How do I do a daith piercing at home?
A: Daith piercings should only be done by a professional piercer. They will have the appropriate training, tools and information to make sure you don’t get an infected daith piercing. While this applies to any body piercing, it’s especially important not to try to give yourself a daith piercing because of its specific location in your ear and the sensitive nature of your ear cartilage.

Q: Do daith piercings last forever?
A: You’ll want to consult a piercing professional to find out how long your daith piercing will last, but a general rule is that leaving your body jewelry out of your daith piercing for too long can cause it to close up.

Q: How long does a daith piercing take to heal?
A: Daith piercings usually take around nine months to heal, although they may take up to a year, or occasionally longer in some cases.

Q: When can I change my daith piercing jewelry?
A: You’ll only want to change your daith piercing earrings once it has fully healed to prevent infection. If you’re not sure if your piercing has healed or not, consult a piercing professional who can instruct you. Once it has fully healed, you can change your jewelry and explore other captive bead ring and daith earring options.

Q: What are the types of jewelry for daith piercings?
A: Horseshoe rings and captive rings are recommended for daith piercings. These come in many shapes, styles, colors and materials, so you’ll find the perfect body jewelry for your cartilage piercings.

Q: When happens if my daith piercing gets infected?
A: It’s essential to keep up with piercing hygiene during the healing process to make sure your piercing heals properly and does not get infected. If you see any sign of infection or experience pain with your piercing, contact your healthcare professional immediately.

Q: What’s the difference between a daith and tragus piercing?
A: Both daith and tragus piercings are ear cartilage piercings, in slightly different locations. A tragus piercing goes in the part of your ear cartilage that covers your ear canal. A daith piercing, as noted above, goes through the cartilage fold above the ear canal.

Q: Can I use earbuds with a daith piercing?
A: While your daith piercing is healing, it’s not recommended that you use earbuds as they could irritate the piercing. Once it’s fully healed, you can wear earbuds, but make sure to remove them should you notice any pain or discomfort.

Q: Can you sleep with a daith piercing in?
A: As with earbuds, it’s not advised to sleep on the side with the daith piercing until it has completely healed. During the healing process, sleep on your other side for maximum comfort and to ensure you don’t get an infected daith piercing.

Q: Can a daith piercing help with migraines?
A: Though this has not been scientifically proven, It’s a common belief that daith piercings provide migraine relief or help relieve migraine symptoms, based on anecdotal stories in which some people believe that their daith piercing has helped them with migraine pain. Some medical experts believe there’s a potential connection, but according to the American Migraine Foundation, those who experience migraine relief from a daith piercing may be dealing with a placebo effect. There’s no way to guarantee that a daith piercing will help you with migraine pain or whether it will actually work to relieve migraine symptoms, but if you like the look of this type of cartilage piercing and suffer from migraines, it’s worth looking into.  We recommend speaking with a healthcare professional about migraine symptoms and whether or not a getting a daith piercing is a sufficient alternative therapy to life with migraines, or treating migraines.

Q: What side should you get a daith piercing on?
A: You can get a daith piercing on the left or right side. For those who are looking into getting your daith pierced as migraine treatment, some medical professionals recommend you get the piercing on the side where you experience the most headache pain.

Now that you have more details about what it’s like to get a daith piercing, along with the healing process, you can decide whether this is the right type of piercing for you. If you have further specific questions about daith piercings, ask a piercing professional so you can be totally prepared. If you’re looking for daith piercing jewelry or have any other piercings, check out Spencer’s for a wide selection of stylish and affordable body jewelry.

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