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How Long Does it Take to Heal From a Tragus Piercing? – Guest Post by Veronica Phan

Hey, guys! I just wanted to give y’all a little intro into this piece, this is a guest post by Veronica Phan and it is all about Tragus piercing and everything that has to do with them!

What is tragus piercing?

This is a common kind of ear piercing cartilage which lies before the ear canal. If you are considering tragus piercing, you might want to read this article because we will walk through the process step by step. During the healing progress, you may feel some pain. Therefore, the quicker the piercing heals, the less hurt you will feel.

Though the pain may vary from cases to cases, with proper care, the tragus piercing will eventually heal without so many complications. To encourage healing process, you should often get your piercing done by an expert. Besides, you should have your aftercare instructions. This is due to no blood supply in the cartilage which can encourage the healing process.

There are many ways or home remedies for your tragus piercing aftercare. It is recommended to bathe the piercing to dispose any germs and prevent infections.

Is Tragus Piercing Painful?

Most people who want tragus piercing want to know whether tragus piercing is hurt. Well, apparently, if you puncture your skin, initially, it can cause pain and discomfort. The tragus is a thick bit of cartilage hence it will not cause as the much pain as having a belly-button piercing.

How long does tragus piercing take to heal?

This type of piercing might take a longer time to heal than others such as the earlobe, tongue piercing or especially belly button. The reason why this kind of piercing is more painful and takes a longer time to heal is due to no blood supply in the tissue which means doctor’s medications for piercing infection might take a longer time to work.

Tragus Piercing Aftercare

The key role in encouraging the healing process is the aftercare. If you take care properly, keep good hygiene procedures and protect the pierced area from germs and microbes, your healing process will be encouraged.

Here are some home remedies that you might want to consider to speed up the healing process.


This method is highly recommended by most doctors because salt is a natural antiviral and antimicrobial compound which can prevent wounds from being infected. Besides, it can also treat piercing injuries.

To encourage the healing process, you should follow these steps:

  • Dissolve ¼ spoon of sea salt in a cup of lukewarm water
  • Dip a clean cloth or gauze in the solution before applying a compress on the wound.
  • Hold it for at least 5 minutes to promote the healing process, soften and expel any discharge.
  • Use at least three times on a daily basis to assist the healing process at the maximum speed.
  • Repeat it daily till all the signs have gone.


This is another way to get rid of an infected piercing is to adopt tea tree oil as a solution applied to the afflicted area. It can be selected to treat various types of bacterial and fungal skin infections thanks to its incredible antimicrobial compounds.

It is reported that tea tree oil is highly effective against many different types of bacteria such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Pseudomonas bacteria types – these kinds of bacteria are the most accessible proofs for infections in the new piercing.

Firstly, mix pure tea tree oil with some virgin coconut oil and to strengthen their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. You should follow these steps to encourage the healing process:

  • Mix 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil with one tablespoon of virgin coconut oil.
  • Apply the oil ointment to the wound to encourage the healing process.
  • Implement the solution on the wound after using a clean cloth to cleanse the tragus piercing.

The mixture will soften the area near the new piercing and encourage anti – inflammation.

Alternatively, you can apply the oil on the tragus piercing directly to treat infection effectively. You can use a cotton swab to apply the tea tree oil and dab on the infected area.


To encourage the healing process and reduce inflammation and dispose of discharge, you can adopt raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. You can dilute it to reduce infection and encourage the healing process. Besides, thanks to apple cider vinegar’s high level of acetic acid, its antimicrobial effect will be highly useful to promote the healing process.

It is reported that acetic acid can prevent bacterial colonization and promote antibacterial activity. Apple cider vinegar is very effective against the bacterial types which can easily lead to infections in wounds.

Follow these below steps to apply the solution to the wound.

Dilute the apple cider vinegar with warm water and use it as a solution to cleanse the wound which is showing a sign of mild infection. Instead of using your hand, you should use a gauze to apply to prevent further infection.

Hold it for at least 10 minutes

Repeat the process for several times on a daily basis to encourage healing of a tragus piercing and deduct inflammation.


Thanks to its incredible antiviral and soothing properties, aloe vera can prevent your skin from being hardened, germs and other harmful bacteria. Besides, it works as a great agent to promote healing process as well.

Aloe vera is reported to be very compelling even against drug resistant organism thanks to its amazing antimicrobial properties which can block bacterial infections in wounds.

Follow these steps to apply aloe vera on your wound:

You are recommended to use aloe vera gel and use your clean hands or a clean cotton swab to speed up the healing process.

When to see doctor

This is crucial since if you do not take care the wound properly, chances of getting an infection are high. Moreover, if home remedies do not work you might need to see the doctor ensure that infection does not take place or these following signals do not appear.

The wound area becomes red and swelling

It is painful to have contact with the wound, and surrounding area is tender and fragile

There is bizarre color discharge oozing from the wound

And you are suffering from a fever.

Learn more about a Tragus Piercing

Do you have a tragus piercing? What was your experience?

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  • Marie Rau

    Such a helpful post! I have had piercings get infected and did not know about all of these natural remedies!

  • Thanks for the info! I’m going to get one soon and this has really helped 🙂 I love all the natural tips, I swear by ACV and Aloe Vera for SO many things!!

  • Shannon Paige

    Mine unfortunately never did heal, I had to take it out =/ I am pretty sure my ear rejected it, meanwhile I just got my conch pierced and it’s healing perfectly! And I have my cartilage done and had 0 issues with that too. So weird. Tragus is a hard spot! *