Daith piercings are a lovely alternative to helix or tragus piercings with pretty much the same healing process. Daith piercings pass through the central fold of ear cartilage, in front of the ear opening. They are usually pierced as close to the ear opening as possible, although other placements are possible. The name “daith” comes from the Hebrew word for knowledge, chosen by a student of Hebrew who was the first person to get this piercing. You can wear a circular barbell, curved barbell or BCR in your daith piercing – depending on how much space there is in that part of your ear.
How To Care For New Daith Piercing
Daith piercings usually heal in 6 to 18 weeks and should be kept clean and dry. You should clean your piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid submerging it in water. Make sure that your hair does not become tangled in the jewellery and try not to fiddle with it too much.
As with any piercing, it is important to keep an eye on your daith for any changes or signs of infection. Common signs of infection are persistent soreness, redness, swelling or if the skin feels hot. If you experience any of these symptoms please consult a piercer immediately. Because this is a cartilage piercing, special care must be taken in case of an infection. If untreated, infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage and cause permanent damage to it. Fortunately most piercing infections can be avoided with proper care, but is it important to be aware of the risks.
Once healed, your daith piercing will require very little care – simply clean with saline as needed.