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Saturday May 26th, 2012 @ 11:03 PM

Filed under: Ear

So I got this tragus piercing about 2 months ago and it is not going well. I love my piercing but it has gotten quite infected. I wash it at least twice a day with antibacterial and soak it in a saline solution at least once a day. I don’t know what else to do! I’m just really frustrated with it. Any advice?

Firstly, thanks for supplying the picture - it helps us figure out whats going on SO much easier.

Let’s start by clarifing a couple things, you don’t have an infection - you have a large build up of a form of scar called hypertropic scar tissue.

There can be a number of solutions to hypertropic scar tissue, everybody reacts differently to them and not all of work for everyone. Saying that, there is normally a single reason to WHY it is forming - and that should be your first focus.

I strongly think that it has formed from a poor choice of initial jewellery, in my opinion tragus piercings should ALWAYS be pierced with a straight ‘labret’ barbell. This lets the piercing heal much quicker and stops pressure from developing on the entrance and exit of the piercing, which is a very common irritation that causes scar tissue to form.

The very first thing you should do is go into a reputable piercing studio (perhaps where you got it done at) and get a straight barbell put in there - with enough room to not squish the scar tissue, but not too much as to get it caught all the time.  The next thing to do would be to try and reduce the scar.

Personally I do warm herbal chamomile tea bag soaks on my scar tissue with fantastic result, all you do is make a cup of chamomile tea and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Then you put the entire tea-bag (when its warm, NOT hot!) on the whole piercing and just let it soak. I generally tilt my head towards the tea bag, so it doesn’t run down into your ear or anything - but its totally safe for your body.

Everyone has different results with scar reduction, you also NEED to make sure you aren’t irritating it in other ways (or it will just get worse). ┬áMake sure that you are sleeping flat on your back, or your other side. Make sure your hair isn’t getting caught up in it and continue to do 2x a day warm saline soaks along with the chamomile - nothing else.

Best of luck on your scar reduction journey!

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One Response to “Tragus”

  1. can i just add that using qtips can also aggravate and cause these kind of scars. try using kitchen towel instead and you should see an improvement

    Shoe on May 30th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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