Free Domestic U.S Shipping on Orders over $20 Daith Cartilage Piercing Info Help This piercing has become really popular recently because of some research that it may help people who have frequent headaches. It is often mispronounced and should be said as “dah-th” rather than “day-th”. It is located on the inner part of the ear below the rook and is part of the ear cartilage. The name translates to “knowledge” in Hebrew and was coined by Erik Dakota, a piercer who reasoned that you had to be smart to be able to do the piercing as a piercer. It was first made famous by Fakir Musafar in Body Play magazine and he created the advanced technique used to do the piercing with a curved needle most piercers use today. The piercing is quite painful, partially because of the cartilage and force needed and partially because it takes longer for the needle to pass through that thicker cartilage.

Do Daith Piercings Cure Headaches/Migraines?

Many people turn to alternative therapies instead of using pain medications. The story behind the daith piercing and headaches uses acupuncture techniques to apply the piercing where an acupuncture needle would be placed to help deal with headaches. The theory is that the piercing will do the same job and reduce both the severity and occurrence of migraines. Neurologists and research scientists have found little to corroborate this actually being effective. However, if you have tried acupuncture for headaches before and found it to be effective it may be worth getting the piercing anyway. The problem is that even with acupuncture the relief is only meant to be temporary and even those who have had a daith piercing be effective for migraines will say that the relief does not last. Other people have complained that the migraines become worse with a daith piercing, though it can be taken out and healed. Watch Daith Getting Pierced

Which Side Should You Get Your Daith Piercing For Migraines

So when it comes to choosing which side to get your daith piercings for migraines, it really just depends on your migraines. Now since there is no exact science proving that daith piercings give any relief for migraines then its hard to say which side you should get done. But from my experience and the thousands of clients I’ve pierced who say the daith piercing gave them migraine relief, almost all got pierced on the side they experienced the migraines on. If there isn’t a certain side you predominantly get migraines on, then just choose a side to get pierced. Its a roll of the dice. Or just go for broke and pierce both sides! More importantly is to make sure you find an experienced professional piercer who can perform this piercing properly for you. There are little points on the daith that acupuncturists use for migraine relief and that’s what your piercer should be looking for when marking placement.

How Long Does a Daith Piercing Take To Heal?

A daith piercing takes approximately 2-3 months to heal like most cartilage piercings and the jewelry should not be changed until it is healed. In fact, the healing process can be much longer (up to 12 months) simply because of the type of piercing and awkwardness of its situation. It is usually pierced with a 16g-14g curved barbell at approximately 3/8” in length depending on your anatomy but it can be pierced with a captive bead ring. The curved barbell is easier to heal because it it less likely to catch or get moved while healing. Once it’s healed it is possible to use a smaller barbell or ring or change it to something more ornate. The daith piercing is quite painful, it has the traditional cartilage “pop” but it isn’t as forceful as the tragus. Once it is healed many people choose to change to a “clicker” piece of jewelry that has ornate designs or gems on one side and is much more decorative. They can also come in fun shapes like stars, hearts, and moons. The daith piercing will heal up if you leave your jewelry out too long so don’t take it out for long unless you want the piercing to close. Piercing Hoop Jewelry tour Ring Piercing Tour

How Much Does a Daith Piercing Hurt?

A daith piercing shouldn’t hurt anymore then any other piercing. If done properly the piercing should only last about a split second. You will probably feel more pressure then anything else. Definitely make sure you seek out a skilled professional piercer in your area to do this one. There are a lot of little nuances that you need to know in order to perform this piercing quickly and perfectly. I definitely would not trust just any one to do this. As with most piercings the pain is more buildup then actual feeling. Anticipation being the worst part. Don’t over think it, do your homework and get it done right, and enjoy your new piercing!

Can You Sleep On A Daith Piercing?

You should always try and wait as long as possible or until your daith piercing is healed before trying to sleep on it. Most daith piercings take about 2-3 months to heal. At that point it should be totally fine to spend 8 or so hours a night sleeping on it. But in the meantime a nights worth of sleeping on a daith piercing that is trying to heal can just cause alot of pressure and trauma resulting in complications. Every once in awhile its not uncommon to wake up sleeping on it, but try to be conscious and roll over to the other side when you can. Luckily since this piercing is so tucked then its a little protected but nonetheless you should try and avoid sleeping on it for the duration on the healing time.

Why Does My Daith Piercing Have A Bump?

There are several reasons why your daith piercing might have a bump on it. First reason being trauma. If you are constantly bumping, knocking, touching, playing, or sleeping on it for the first 2-3 months then that could be the cause. Excessive movement and trauma is the number one cause of bumps on your piercings. So build a force field around it and let it heal! Improper aftercare can also be a cause! Never put any hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, neosporin, bactin, or other similar product on your fresh piercings. These products are not meant for piercings and do more harm then good. A sterile saline spray is usually all that should be used on a new piercing. Another reason it could be getting bumps is your jewelry is to small. If you have a ring or curved barbell that isn’t big enough to accomodate for swelling and basic healing then that can lead to problems. Hopefully you have a professional piercer in your area who can make sure you are wearing the proper size jewelry. On that same jewelry note, jewelry made out of cheaper metals can cause irritations resulting in those bumps. Only start a daith piercing with implant grade astm f-138 surgical stainless steel or astm f-136 titanium. Metal quality is super important! And finally bad or improper placement and or bad angles on your piercing can also lead to excessive bumps and complications with healing. Another reason why it is super important to seek out a professional piercer who has the experience and qualifications to help you get the best daith piercing possible! You want to avoid spinning or moving the piercing as much as possible. Do not use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or neosporin on the piercing as this can damage the healing process. To wash the piercing use clean fingers and a sea salt water solution. Soak the piercing in a seal salt water solution using a small shot glass or a coffee cup with your head tilted so your ear fits into the space. You can also do a sea salt compress with a paper towel and hold it over the piercing. The salt walter mixture should be 1 gallon distilled water to 4 teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt. Do not use q-tips or cotton buds to wash the piercing as this can cause small threads to get entangled in your jewelry which may cause it to become irritated. The sea salt compresses are also important because they will reduce the risk of keloiding and scarring. In extreme cases of scarring you can end up with “cauliflower ear” from a daith piercing which has a lot of scarring. Avoid wearing hats, headphones and anything that covers your ears while it’s healing. You’ll also want to keep your hair and hair products away from the piercing as much as possible. When New York-based piercer Maria Tash set up residency at Liberty London—in an over 1300-square foot prime position on the store’s ground floor, might we add—we knew piercings were trending. That was in 2016, and our affinity for piercings has yet to wane. Of all the cool-girl ear piercings we’ve come across, from multiple ear-grazing pearls to hoops on hoops, there’s one that has stuck out to us for its uniqueness and simplicity: the daith piercing. Beyond how aesthetically pleasing they look, they’ve even been touted for their ability to cure migraines (more on that later). Below, we’re bringing you the need-to-know on everything from pain and placement to healing time and cost, plus whether this lust-worthy piercing will suit your ear shape. With the help of Maria Tash piercer Peter Monckton, all of your questions surrounding daith piercings will be answered, once and for all. Keep scrolling for the rundown on daith piercings. Piercing tour Placement: Daith piercings hug the inner cartilage of the ear. Pricing: $30 to $80, plus the cost of the earring Pain Level: 5/10 Healing Time: Six to nine months to heal completely Aftercare: It’s essential to keep the area clean and regularly disinfect with sterile saline/wound wash spray or a piercing cleaner. Avoid harsh chemicals and don’t sleep directly on the piercing until it’s somewhat healed.

What Is a Daith Piercing?

With origins rooted in Jewish culture, a daith piercing is a hoop that hugs the cartilage on the inside of your ear. «I’ve always pronounced it like ‘faith,’ but within the last several years, people have been pronouncing it ‘doth,’ which is apparently how Erik Dakota, the person who originally came up with the idea of piercing the crux of the helix (the anatomical area of the ear), pronounced it,» says Monckton, who believes a daith piercing suits most people. Bianca Gonzalez Marra/Byrdie @prikdpeterrobin

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Anecdotally speaking, daith piercings have helped migraine sufferers, though there’s no scientific evidence confirming that it actually does alleviate migraines. «There is no scientific evidence to prove the efficacy of daith piercings,» says Heather Phillips, MEd, the director of programs and advocacy at the America Migraine Foundation. In other words, while there are reports of it helping, it may simply be a placebo effect. However, one study did find anecdotal evidence that daith piercings relieved the symptoms of chronic migraine in at least one individual. This may have something to do with the daith piercing occurring on an acupressure point at the innermost cartilage fold of the ear. Keep in mind, though, that experts say the risks—pain and infection at the piercing site, for instance, or nerve damage if the piercing is done incorrectly—may outweigh the benefits.

Pain and Healing Time

As with any piercing (or anything that involves a needle, really), daith piercing pain is a common worry. When compared to a helix piercing which feels like a sharp nip, Monckton laments that the pain associated with a daith piercing feels more like dull pressure. Of course, everyone has a different pain tolerance, and what’s painful for some may not be for others. Still, it’s widely agreed upon that a daith piercing is slightly more painful than earlobe piercings, as it’s placed on a firmer area (the cartilage) where you’ll always experience more resistance. «For the piercer, it can take skill—it’s maybe a little more fiddly while actually installing the jewelry—but it’s not especially painful,» says Monckton. The healing time varies from person to person. «On average, it takes around six to nine months to heal,» notes Monckton. «We don’t encourage sleeping on new piercings until they’ve fully healed, but unlike some of the outer-ear piercings, most people can sleep on a daith piercing within a couple of months.» You likely won’t feel sore throughout the entire healing time, but it’s still important to take care of it and maintain cleanliness.

Cost of a Daith Piercing

«Daith piercings are no more expensive than any other inner-ear cartilage piercing,» says Monckton. The cost will depend on the location and what jewelry you choose to bedazzle it with, but between $30 to $80 (plus the jewelry) is usually an accurate range. For example, at Maria Tash NYC, a daith piercing costs $30 without the jewelry, (which starts at $65 and bleeds into the triple digits). @mariatash


You can speed up the healing process (and keep infections at bay) by taking good care of your daith piercing. «For aftercare, you’ll need to do a twice-daily cleanse with a sterile saline wound wash and a good flush in the shower,» Monckton recommends. Anne Allen, MD, a dermatologist at First Derm, recommends «cleaning with sterile saline (dissolve 1/8 teaspoon of non-iodized, iodine-free sea salt into 1/2 cup) twice daily.» The H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray ($8) contains natural ingredients and is sanitary as it’s in spray form. Monckton urges resisting the temptation and avoiding touching, twisting, or playing with a new piercing, especially as it heals. It’s also important to swap your pillowcase every few days to avoid a bacterial infection, to avoid harsh chemicals from beauty and hair products and perfumes, and to be mindful of hair accessories like hats and headbands that can snag on the piercing. Allen recommends using a 5% benzoyl peroxide cleanser in the shower, but be sure to thoroughly rinse, «as it can cause irritation.» Finally, don’t remove your daith piercing before it’s finished healing. @mariatash

Side Effects of Piercing

    • Ear anatomy: Because they’re placed on the cartilage (versus earlobes), daith piercings rely more on the uniqueness of the cartilage as well as the size and shape of the ear. «Ear shape—specifically anatomically—will dictate if it’s even possible to pierce,» Monckton explains.
    • Inflammation and infection: «Piercing any cartilage of the ear has increased risk of infection and can even lead to inflammation of the cartilage, called chondritis,» Allen says. Taking appropriate care of a new piercing will cut down on the risk.
  • Blood infection: On the more severe end of things, there’s a risk of blood infection such as hepatitis C with piercing. A trusted professional piercer should always use a fresh needle.
  • Keloid: Beware of keloids, which are «permanent, thick, pink scars that extend beyond the area pierced,» Allen says. «If you have a personal or family history of keloid formation, consider rethinking your decision to pierce any part of your body,» as they can be extremely difficult to treat.


How to Change Out a Daith Piercing

It’s important not to mess with your daith piercing until it’s fully healed in about six to nine months. At the very least, Allen suggests you «wait 12 weeks to take any cartilage piercing out.» For best results, return to the piercing salon and get the earring professionally changed, which will help ensure you’re not doing so prematurely—and that you won’t cause any damage to the piercing. A piercing professional can also give you tips for changing the jewelry on your own in the future. When you’re ready to do it alone, be sure to disinfect the area before and after, and to only touch the piercing with freshly washed hands.

What Type of Jewelry Is Used for a Daith Piercing?

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$465.00 Shop When it comes to daith jewelry, the options are endless, though Monckton encourages ring-style jewelry like hoops, heart-shaped rings, and captive bead hoops. Here are some of the most common choices.

    • Captive bead: A captive bead ring (CBR) is a circular hoop earring with a bead suspended in the center that gives the piercing a simple, yet edgy, look.
    • Hoops: Hoops in general are a popular choice for a daith since this style of earring hugs the cartilage and is extremely versatile.
    • Barbell: A barbell, particularly a curved barbell, can also work for daith piercings. The barbell is a metal bar with balls on the ends, similar to an actual barbell weight. One ball is removable so that you can slide the bar through the piercing.
  • Clicker earring: Similar in style to a regular hoop, these earrings have a clicking mechanism that springs open for easy application and removal. Great for beginners!

What Jewelry Material Is Used for a Daith Piercing?

Implant-grade materials like stainless steel, niobium, and titanium won’t degrade over extended periods of time and have significantly less nickel content than surgical steel. They’re solid hypoallergenic options for a fresh piercing. Once you have had any new piercing, the best thing you can do to help it heal well is to keep it clean. Although piercers will give different advice on cleaning, it is important that you clean your new piercing at least once a day, for a minimum of 3 weeks. Our medication-filled swabs are perfectly designed to help soothe any irritation while protecting against infection. The formation of scabs or crusting when you have a new piercing is your body’s way of trying to heal the new “wound”. However, it is important to keep cleaning your piercing, removing the crust gently with the medicated swab for improved healing. How Do You Clean A Daith Piercing? Keep cleaning your piercing until the crust goes away, even if that takes longer than 3 weeks. If any oozing occurs from your piercing, it’s a sign of infection. Other signs of infection include the area around the piercing being hot to the touch, strong odor from the piercing site, and/or discomfort or pain when touching the pierced area. The antiseptic properties of our medication-filled swab help combat infection whilst allowing the aloe vera and panthenol to gently soothe your discomfort.

How do you get rid of a keloid on a Daith piercing?

A keloid scar is a raised, tough area of skin that forms wherever there has been a disturbance to the skin, causing excessive scar tissue to form. They can continue to grow over weeks, months, or even years. Keloid scars are mostly a cosmetic concern and do not cause any harm in themselves usually. On rare occasions, they can cause some discomfort and pain. However, they do tend to signify a predisposition to having other keloid scars form if you ever have chest surgery or other types of injuries that cause scarring. The best method for managing keloids is prevention. Keeping your piercing clean and using silicone dressings or gel bandages after will help. Apply petroleum jelly in small amounts and apply pressure to the piercing (not enough to cause any pain) to potentially prevent keloids from forming. You can also buy pressure earrings for certain piercings to prevent scarring although, for the Daith area, this is not a solution. When it comes to trying to get rid of keloid scars there are a couple of options that might work. The usual go-to method is surgery. However, the chances are that more scar tissue will occur after the procedure, and for 45% of patients, their keloid returns. You can get Zimmer splints that look like earrings to apply pressure to your keloid and reduce the size with constant use over a 12-18 month period. These tend to work best if you have the surgery first and then use the splint to apply pressure to try and stop the keloid from returning. Always talk to your surgeon before committing to this method because it isn’t a guarantee that this method will work for you.

Is it hard to change a Daith piercing?

Ideally, you should wait until your Daith piercing is fully healed before attempting to change your earring. The guidance given by piercers is usually at least 2-3 months before attempting to change the earring and that is only as long as no complications have occurred. For optimum healing and the best results in the long run, try and wait about 12 months before attempting the changeover. If you are in doubt as to whether your piercing has healed enough to change it, you should consult the piercer as they will be able to give their professional opinion. It can be a bit of a tricky piercing to try and change over until you get the hang of it. The most important steps to remember are that you must have clean hands, a clean replacement earring, and not cause too much stress to the piercing when you are changing earrings. If you are struggling, you are likely to irritate the piercing and cause inflammation and soreness. You also want to avoid any risk of contamination or infection so if you drop the earring at any time or touch a surface etc, you should re-wash your hands and clean the earring before continuing. Our medication-filled swabs are also great for this purpose. You can use them to clean your piercing and the new earring to help avoid infection and to calm irritation. If you are still struggling to replace the earring, you should ask a friend or relative for help. If there isn’t anyone around to help you, you should go to see your piercer to help you change the earring over. They will be happy to help you make sure that the process is done properly and can help you until you feel confident enough to attempt it on your own. They usually will also have a variety of replacement earrings available to buy so that you can make sure that you are using a suitable earring.

  • If you’re looking to get a daith piercing, you can expect to spend about $30 to $80.
  • It should be mild to moderately painful and you will feel the sensation of the area being squeezed.
  • Though some people claim that daith piercings help migraines, there isn’t enough supporting evidence.

A daith piercing is a type of ear piercing in the cartilage that sits just above your ear canal. Because it goes through hard cartilage, a daith piercing can be painful and may take a long time to heal. Here’s what a daith piercing feels like and how you should take care of it.

What is a daith piercing?

A daith piercing can be a difficult ear piercing to take care of and there are some key facts you should know before getting the procedure.

  • Price: Depending on where you get pierced, daith piercings can range from $30 to $80.
  • Healing time: Cartilage piercings can take six to 12 months to heal, says Starr Ellis, owner of Nine Moons Piercing and member of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). «It is recommended to have periodic check ups with your piercer to ensure optimal healing,» Ellis says.
  • Pain level: On a pain scale from one to 10, daith piercings tend to range from 3 to 7, depending on your anatomy and pain tolerance, Ellis says. «Most describe the sensation as being squeezed tightly but no sharp or burning pain like other piercings,» says Shorty, owner of Shorty’s Fine Jewelry and Piercing and member of the APP.
  • Materials: When you get any new piercing, your best options for jewelry are hypoallergenic metals or glass. The APP recommends several types of metal, including titanium, gold, or surgical steel. You should also look for jewelry that has a long post, so there’s extra room for your ear to swell during healing.

How to care for a daith piercing

Once you have your daith piercing, there are some vital steps you should follow to help it heal and avoid complications like an infection.

1. Clean it every day

To keep a new daith piercing clean, you should aim to clean it three times a day for about six months. Ellis recommends following this routine:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the jewelry or the skin around your piercing.
  2. Thoroughly rinse the area with clean, warm, running water. «This will be great for healing, irrigation, soothing, and promoting circulation,» Ellis says.
  3. Spray a sterile saline solution on the piercing. Make sure you use a solution that’s labeled as a wound wash. You can find this at most pharmacies.
    1. «Avoid harsh cleansers; anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and antiseptic cleansers,» Shorty says. These are not necessary and can create complications like irritation.
  4. Gently pat the piercing dry with a clean paper towel or gauze. «Make sure you dry the inner ear well,» Shorty says, as too much moisture may lead to irritation or infection.

2. Wait a few months to change your jewelry

«Under ideal healing circumstances, a daith piercing could be changed around six to nine months of healing,» Ellis says. Many people need help removing and installing jewelry in this area, so don’t hesitate to reach out to a piercer for help, says Ellis. You may be ready to change your daith jewelry if:

  • It doesn’t feel sore at all.
  • The skin right around your piercing looks just like the other skin nearby — meaning no redness or swelling.
  • There is no liquid discharge or crust coming from the piercing.

3. Don’t touch or put pressure on the piercing

To help a daith piercing heal properly, you should avoid touching, squishing, or sleeping on the piercing as much as possible. If you sleep on your side, «you can try to nestle the newly pierced ear inside a donut-shaped or neck pillow to avoid any pressure,» Ellis says. Because the daith is so close to your ear canal, you should also avoid putting anything inside your ear, including earbuds, during the healing process. This can help you avoid issues like irritation bumps and infection, Ellis says.

Side effects of a daith piercing

In the first few days after getting a daith piercing, you may have a few common side effects, including:

  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding

«Occasionally I’ve had clients say they got a headache on the day of the piercing. Usually it goes away within 24 hours,» Shorty says. After the initial side effects start to fade, your piercing may feel itchy and you might see whitish-yellow fluid draining or forming a crust on the daith area. This is normal, and there’s no need to get medical attention. There are a few concerning symptoms to look out for that may signal an infection:

  • Severe pain, redness, or swelling
  • Red streaks extending from the piercing site
  • Draining large amounts of yellow or green pus
  • Your symptoms are getting worse after a week

If you have any of these symptoms, get in touch with a doctor or your piercer as soon as possible.

Insider’s takeaway

A daith piercing may be painful and can take several months to fully heal. Cleaning and taking care of your piercing can help it heal properly and prevent complications like infection. For best results, «seek an experienced, well-trained professional who is knowledgeable on current industry standards,» Shorty says. The APP member locator can help you find piercers who meet the highest standards — you can search for someone in your area on their website. Madeline Kennedy is a health writer for Insider covering a wide range of topics including reproductive and sexual health, mental health, nutrition, and infectious disease. Before joining Insider, Madeline worked as a health news writer for Reuters, and a domestic violence therapist. She has a master’s degree in social work from UPenn and is interested in the intersection of health and social justice.

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