Body piercing is an increasingly popular form of body modification with many variations. While the ear is the most common body part to pierce, there are several types of ear piercings to choose from. One of our favorites is the daith piercing, which is a cartilage piercing that’s super stylish and unique.

If you’re thinking about getting an ear piercing and you’re trying to decide which type best suits your style, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading our guide to daith piercings for the most important info. Below you’ll find details about the daith piercing process, pain and healing times, jewelry care, reasons to schedule an appointment with a professional piercer, and potential migraine treatments.

daith piercing

What is a 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 ringscaptive bead rings.

Now that you’ve read some of the basics about getting a daith piercing, here are some helpful piercing FAQs:

Daith Piercing Pain and Healing Times, Piercing Aftercare Tips, and More

How long does a daith piercing take to heal?

Healing times vary from person to person, and some types of ear piercings take longer to heal than others. While a standard lobe piercing can heal in as little as 10 weeks, daith piercings usually take around nine months to heal (they may take up to a year or occasionally longer in some cases). To accelerate the healing process and reduce the risk of infection, be sure to properly clean your piercing. For more information about the healing process, speak to a professional piercer.

How do I clean my daith piercing?

In order to reduce the risk of infection, piercing care is an essential part of any piercing process. This is especially true for a daith piercing, which has a longer healing time than other piercings due to the thickness of the cartilage. Clean your piercing with H2Ocean piercing aftercare spray or saline solution regularly. Speak with your piercer and make sure to follow all aftercare instructions. For more information, read how to care for your body jewelry and body piercings.

Does a daith piercing hurt?

Daith piercing pain varies depending on your own pain tolerance. Reactions will differ from person to person. You can prepare by talking to a piercing professional about pain management so you can be as comfortable as possible.

How much does a daith piercing cost?

The cost of a daith ear piercing will vary based on location and the studio you choose.

What happens if my daith piercing gets infected?

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. We recommend cleaning the piercing site with H2Ocean piercing aftercare spray or saline solution. If you experience any signs of infection, increased pain levels, or prolonged swelling, contact your healthcare professional immediately.

Can I use earbuds with a daith piercing?

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.

What’s the difference between a daith and a tragus piercing?

Both daith and tragus piercings are ear cartilage piercings, but they’re in 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.

Can everyone get a daith piercing?

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.

Can I give myself a daith piercing?

Daith piercings should only be done by a professional piercer. They will have the appropriate training, tools, and information to perform this body modification. 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. Book an appointment at your favorite piercing studio and get the piercing done properly!

Horseshoes and Captives
Horseshoes and Captives

Daith Piercing: Potential Health Benefits 

Daith piercings are often thought to help with various health issues, including migraines and anxiety, as well as weight loss. There are thought to be many health benefits of piercings. Keep reading to find out more about the latest news about daith piercings.

Can Daith Piercings Cure Migraines?

Though this has not been scientifically proven, it’s a common belief that daith piercings provide migraine relief or help relieve migraine symptoms. 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 getting a daith piercing is a sufficient alternative therapy to life with migraines, or treating migraines.

Which Side Should You Get Pierced for Migraine Relief?

For those who are looking into getting a daith piercing as a migraine treatment, some medical professionals recommend you get the piercing on the side where you experience the most headache pain.

Daith Piercing Benefits for Anxiety:

Another commonly discussed benefit of daith piercings is that they may help with anxiety. According to the CDC, 11.2% of adults aged 18 and over deal with regular feelings of worry, nervousness, or anxiety, so it makes sense that people would look to body piercings as a way to grapple with anxiety. According to Healthline, there’s no confirmed scientific evidence that daith piercings can help with anxiety, but there may be a placebo effect in place.

Daith Piercing Benefits for Weight Loss:

While some people believe a daith piercing can help with weight loss, this has not been scientifically proven. The way the connection is thought to work is that the location of a daith piercing may reduce appetite, which could cause a person to eat less, and therefore lose weight. This is similar to some acupuncture treatments. Consult with a medical professional before embarking on any weight loss attempts to ensure optimal health.

Daith Piercing Jewelry

How much does daith piercing jewelry cost?

Daith jewelry prices vary based on several factors, including the type of jewelry and the jewelry materials. To clean your jewelry, wash with antibacterial soap and warm water and dry with a clean paper towel. For more information on piercing and jewelry care, read How to Care for Your Body Jewelry & Body Piercings.

What types of jewelry are best for daith piercings?

Horseshoe rings and captive rings are recommended for daith piercings. These come in many shapes, styles, and colors.

Can I get a daith piercing if I have long hair?

Yes, people with long hair can get daith piercings, but you’ll want to be careful about your hair getting caught in the piercing.

Do daith piercings last forever?

A general rule is that leaving your body jewelry out of your piercing for too long can cause it to close up.

When can I change my daith piercing jewelry?

Don’t change your daith piercing earrings until the piercing 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 rings and daith earring options.

More Piercing Info

Want to learn more about body piercing? Check out some of our favorite piercing guides, including the helix piercing guide, forward helix piercing guide, conch piercing guide, snug piercing guide, rook piercing guide, and more.

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