The truths and myths of a daith piercing

This ear piercing is located on the cartilage fold above your ear cavity [Courtesy]

The creativity we see with piercings is quite interesting. It used to be all about the simple earlobe piercings but right now, you can literally get any part of your body pierced, if you’re brave enough.

If you’re interested in different types of ear piercings, you have the choice of experimenting with different concepts like the industrial piercing which is a bold double piercing or the anti-tragus and daith piercing which are both done on the cartilage areas of your ear.

Without deviating from the main subject, let us focus on the daith piecing. This ear piercing is located on the cartilage fold above your ear cavity. It isn’t your typical type of piercing because there has been a lot of buzz around it specifically about the medicinal benefits.

Today, we shall investigate on some of the myths surrounding this piercing and look at some facts about it.

  • It’s an effective migraine treatment

Migraines can be a huge headache to deal with, no pun intended. Still, there is no permanent cure and the only way to ease the pain is by finding ways to manage it like avoiding migraine triggers or taking medication to temporarily ease the pain.

These dilemmas have led some people to seek relief from daith piercings. The location of the piercing is often connected to an acupuncture point that is used to treat migraines but so far, there is no evidence to prove it can cure migraines.

  • They treat anxiety

Some people have also suggested that this piercing has some properties that can help eliminate anxiety from your life.

But just like the migraine myth this is also another myth. The daith piercing is just for beauty purposes and getting it won’t help with anxiety.

Old school methods for treating anxiety will always remain the same. Going for therapy for instance is one of the best ways to address it.

The location of the piercing is often connected to an acupuncture point that is used to treat migraines but so far, there is no evidence to prove it can cure migraines [Courtesy]
  • It’s been recommended by doctors

Apparently, it’s also believed that this piercing is being prescribed by medical doctors for its effectiveness in treating different conditions including anxiety.

This is also a myth and many medical doctors who have studied this have said that they would never recommended it to their patients as a treatment method.

Getting it is a personal choice and you will never hear your doctor recommending that you get one.

  • It’s more painful than other piercings

People generally have different pain tolerance levels. But some areas are more painful than others even when it comes to ear piercings.

Piercing the cartilage areas of the ear are considered to be more painful than those done on other areas like the ear lobe.

Also, they tend to take a longer time to heal and can even extend to a whole nine months of healing. So, it’s true that it might be more painful.

  • It’s more likely to get infected

The cartilage parts of the ear are very sensitive. They often come with some complications when pierced and one of them is the increased risk of infections.

Practicing proper after-care can reduce the risk but it’s a fact that infections are more likely to occur with these types of piercings.

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