Helix Piercing

Helix piercing is a perforation of the helix part of the ear or the cartilage.  The helix is the outer part of the ear or the edge.  The piercing is done to use jewelry or other decorative ear pieces for ornamentation. There is a specialized hollow gauge needle used for piercing. During the process of piercing a sterile needle is used and pushed through the helix and then kept positioned until the jewelry is added. This process can be painful; for some it can be intolerable while for others it may cause more than moderate pain. This would depend on the person’s capacity to bear pain. Bleeding and swelling if occurs should no be a matter of concern. These are common occurrence experienced in almost all cases.

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Though piercing guns are considered an advanced way to create puncture, they are not recommended as they cause sudden shock and may take longer time to heal, approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Cartilage or helix is furthest to the canal and can be said as the longest part of the ear. It is actually a rim to the extreme exterior of the ear. Since it is long, it provides you an option to decide on which part you want the perforation to be done. You can have a puncture in the lower cartilage or also in upper cartilage; the decision is yours. Some people go for multiple piercing to make their embellishment more prominent. This has become a common practice.

Piercing the helix will allow you to add style to your persona. If the puncture is in the upper cartilage and you have sufficiently longer hair you can also hide the adornment. Nevertheless, you have the liberty to remove your ear-piece and wear it whenever you want (after around two months from piercing). This way you can also maintain professionalism and switch to create style statement within no time.  You should be careful about the placement of the perforation. This is because it should not cause obstruction or it may get snagged on hairs, combs, cloth, etc. The pain caused due to such snagging is mostly intense at least until the puncture is healed. Such entangling can cause redness and sore for the rest of day. You have to be extra careful about your ears when they are recently pierced and are still tender. If in case you get your ear entangled and pulled by mistake it may start bleeding if the puncture is fresh. In such a case you need to clean your ear using some anti bacterial soap. This would help you avoid infections. 

 Healing Time

Cartilage piercing takes long time to heal. If you are not considering appropriate aftercare, then the healing may take even more time. One thing you need to know is that cartilage heals from outside in. This makes the outer layer heal first while the inner layers are still healing. This creates a misconception in people who presume that the piercing is healed and in such situation if you turn less careful then the puncture may become sore again. The piercing actually needs at least 2 to 6 months to heal. In some unfortunate cases it may also take up to 8 months. During the healing process you need to clean the perforation at least 2 times a day. 

 Pain involved

Most people wonder whether helix piercing is painful. When any part of the body is pierced it pains certainly, so obviously helix piercing is also painful. However, the intensity of the pain would differ. Everyone has different level of pain. To your information not many people find helix piercing to be excruciating but for some people it may be the worst pain of their life. Initially, the pain is a sudden pinch which may measure approximate 5 to 7 on the pain scale. After the piercing your ear may hurt for a long time after the process. The pain can be controlled using pain relieving medicines, but this could not be always used. Using a pain killer daily is not suggested. Perhaps you can adopt alternate measures to deal with the pain. Discomfort caused due to the puncture can also be handled using ice packs. You need to ensure keeping the area protected from frictions, bumps and hits. 

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Helix Piercing and Infections

Getting helix pierced is not a great concern but the maintaining the piercing and its symptoms is a big deal. You should understand that the perforation is an open wound which can get affected with bacteria or other infections. You need to be careful when you touch it and essentially wash your hands before doing so. Do not allow anyone touch it as they may not only transfer the bacteria but may hurt your ear causing soreness. This is crucial because punctured cartilage is susceptible to infection. In order to ensure hygiene try cleaning your ears at least two times daily. Sometimes you may feel that the jewelry is glued through the puncture. This happens because the blood or puss (in some cases) becomes dried. Try twisting the jewelry while cleaning, but do it gently. You should also use sanitized pillows, bed sheets, etc.  Avoid changing the jewelry unless the pierced helix is healed. You may want to get a better jewelry short after getting the piercing done and you may also try to speed the process. It is suggested to allow the puncture heal conventional. Any inappropriate measure will not only hinder the process of healing but may also cause infections. Just by looking at the punctured area and tracking the progress for one two weeks will enable you to understand how fast the healing is happening. You should go according to the flow and avoid taking unsuitable measures such as using harsh chemicals, creams or changing jewelry without consulting a doctor. 

 Home remedies

You can adopt some effective home remedies to avoid infection and speed up healing process. Try applying warm compresses using chamomile tea bags.  You can apply hot water compresses or sea salt soaks if your punctured helix develops boils filled with puss. If any dried crust is left try removing it with cotton swab dipped in hot water. Make cotton swabs and dip it in lemon juice and apply on the pierced spot. This would help in if hypertrophic scars have developed. If possible, drain the puss out of the boil and get rid of crust if any. Tree oil can be used in case of recurrent boils and scarring; you can apply this again using cotton swab.  Certainly piercing is not an issue, but what makes it a slightly difficult is the aftercare. Some people also use warmed coconut oil which is said to be an effective remedy to treat the healing faster. Nevertheless, you can always opt for doctor’s consultation.

Helix Piercing Pictures

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  1. It is actually recommended that you DO NOT drain any puss-filled boils since this opens the area to infection. It is safer to just use a hot water compress or sea salt soak.

  2. I’ve had my helix pierced for over a year now. It has randomly got sore and I can’t even sleep on it. Any ideas as to why this may be or remedies? I also have a thing hoop in.

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