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Old 02-08-2012, 06:16 PM   #21
 
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Now I have to look up tragus and daith.

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:07 PM   #22
 
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Now I have to look up tragus and daith.
Haha ninja, our ear parts have funny names, don't they?

Here's a tragus piercing:



And a daith:



I think the tragus will be my next adventure-- probably on my right ear this time. I have this thing with looking "balanced." I have three lobe piercings on each ear, nostril and rook on the left, and cartilage on the right-- I think the addition of a tragus would look nice. Maybe once the rook heals!
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:16 PM   #23
 
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So I second the idea of salt water soaks. Honestly, don't worry about trying to move your earring too much right now. In fact, don't. Any dried fluid from the piercing could get in the hole and infect it. Just keep it clean with the salt water only and maybe some castille soap. But don't upset the PH balance of your piercing too much with anything harsher.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:19 PM   #24
 
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Incidentally, in December I got a bunch of tattoos down one arm... I'm reluctant to call it a sleeve because it's mainly lots of stars in different colors all down my arm. But I've decided to go get another one on the other arm this week.

I'm going to get the word "spinster" written in script on the inside of my forearm. It's been interesting some of the reactions I've gotten when I've told people what I"m doing. But I actually like the word. I've called myself a spinster for years now and I use it in a positive way and embrace it.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:05 AM   #25
 
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I had my anti tragus done and I loved it!!!! Getting it done hurt more then any other piercing but it was so cute!

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Oh man all this talk of piercing makes me want to get my conch repierced! I love the look of a big ring in a conch
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Oh man all this talk of piercing makes me want to get my conch repierced! I love the look of a big ring in a conch
So funny! I started out with a big ring and changed it to a barbell. I like the look of a little jewel flat against my ear on the inside.
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I love the word "spinster." I embrace it.

There should be a secret club for us, with a special piece of jewelry we wear. A charm on a chain, or a ring. What would the symbol be?
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Ok, I'm back with more questions.

I am status post day 4 since my rook piercing. I have been doing sea salt soaks 2x a day and cleaning with saline solution after the salt soaks. I also swab with saline after using hair spray, etc.

I am having pretty bad pain. The piercing initially hurt a bit-- just normal piercing pain afterward. Within 48 hours after the piercing I would say it has been hurting pretty badly. Like, the whole top half of my ear is tender. The pain is definitely worse than any of my other piercings.

My ear is not really red, and it doesn't look exceptionally swollen, but I know it is somewhat. It feels warm and throbs. I have been taking Aleve which has helped some but I am concerned that this is not normal.

I have not noticed any drainage when cleaning the piercing except for tonight, when I noticed just a bit of lymph on the q-tip.

Can anyone tell me if this sounds normal? I have not had any other serious cartilage piercings on my ear and was not really prepared for this.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:15 PM   #30
 
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It sounds normal, I wouldn't be to worried..... Maybe try a lil ice on it?

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It's normal. Cartilage piercings REALLY hurt and you've gone through two sections of cartilage.

You could try steeping a chamomile tea bag in one cup of water with a teaspoon of sea salt for a few minutes. When the bag is still warm but not too hot to handle, put it on your ear. Chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory.

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Thanks for the reassurance, ladies-- that makes me feel better. I know I sound a little jumpy about this but I had a REALLY bad infection with my navel piercing and I definitely don't want to go through that again.

Also my piercer suggested a 16g piercing because they tend to heal better on the rook, which is definitely the largest gauge piercing I have.

Thanks again!
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Oh man all this talk of piercing makes me want to get my conch repierced! I love the look of a big ring in a conch
So funny! I started out with a big ring and changed it to a barbell. I like the look of a little jewel flat against my ear on the inside.


Yeah I have a barbell in the conch I have at the moment and it's so cute but the ring just looks so awesome too!

And 16g is pretty standard for most cartilage piercings!
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