How to Identify and Treat a Daith Piercing Infection

Daith Pincer: What Is it?

The daith pincer or daith pinching is a type of piercings where two pieces of metal are inserted into the skin at the base of your finger tips. These pins are usually made from stainless steel, but they may also come with other materials such as titanium, brass, copper and even plastic. They are used to hold jewelry in place while piercing your skin.

What Causes it?

The daith pincer is often used in conjunction with other types of piercings. For example, some people use them to hold rings and bracelets in place during their ring surgery. Others use them to hold earrings in place during their nose job. Some people have these pins placed inside their nostrils so that they can wear contact lenses without having to remove them first. Other people use them to hold small items like keys in place.

How Do You Get It?

These piercings are most commonly done under local anesthesia. When the patient wakes up after the procedure, they will feel pain throughout their body. If left untreated, this pain can lead to complications such as infection or even death. These complications are rare, but they do happen. If you experience any of these symptoms you should seek emergency medical attention immediately.

How Is It Done?

Before the procedure begins, the piercer will document the patient’s medical history and take pictures of the area to be pierced. Then, they will mark the spot with a pen in order to get a better idea of exactly where the needle should be placed. After this is done, the piercer will wash their hands with an antiseptic agent and wipe the area to be pierced with a clean cloth. They will then apply forceps to the marked spot in order to stretch the skin. Once this is done, they will place the needle through the stretched skin and push the pin into place on the other side. You may experience some bleeding during this procedure, but this is normal and it will heal soon.

You should not swim, submerge your hands in water or engage in rough contact sports for at least two weeks after the procedure. The wound will be checked during a follow-up appointment, after which you may return to all of your normal activities.

You may also clean the wound with soap and water regularly if you desire.

Most people do not feel comfortable having this procedure done unless they have something to hold in place on the other side. For example, if you are having a ring surgically implanted into your nose, you will need to have something placed in your nostril for it to hold onto.

This can be accomplished with the help of a daith pincer. The jewelry is placed inside of the nostril so that it will fit snuggly against the back of your nostril. The ring will then be positioned around the pin and held in place by the skin surrounding it.

The Jewelry

The jewelry used in a daith pincer is typically a ring, but it can also come in different shapes and forms. For example, some people prefer small studs because they do not like rings.

These studs look similar to earrings, except that they have a pin on the back that can fit inside the daith pincer. They are very easy to conceal and they come in a wide variety of different sizes and designs.

The jewelry is usually made out of a gold alloy, but some people prefer to use silver because the color matches their skin tone more accurately. Titanium, chrome and stainless steel are also popular options.

You can also get a daith pincer for each nostril, which allows you to wear two rings at the same time.

Ring sizes are measured using the “American Wire Gauge” system. This is a numbering system used to indicate the diameter of the ring.

The lower the number, the smaller the ring. Most rings that are worn in the nose are 16G or 14G because they are slender and easy to conceal.

The Cost

The daith pincer is a medical implement that can be ordered through most piercing supply companies. It usually costs about as much as a high-quality gold ring, although disposable pincers can be obtained for much cheaper.

The jewelry is sold separately and it usually ranges from $10 to $100 depending on the type of ring you buy. Flatter rings cost less because they take up less space and are easier to conceal.

The entire daith piercing procedure can be expensive, but this is a one-time cost that will last you a lifetime. This procedure can easily be covered by most health insurances, but you may have to pay a small co-payment.

The Healing Process

Most people heal within two weeks, but the time it takes for you to fully heal depends on your anatomy and your personal healing process. During this time, you should take special care to keep the area clean.

You can rinse your piercing with warm salt water to prevent any swelling or infection. It is also helpful to sleep with the rings facing up because they drain out any excess fluid that may build up inside your piercing. These rings can be left in for up to six weeks before they need to be changed out. You will most likely notice a foul odor if there is any infection inside the ring, so it is important to keep an eye out for this as well.

Taking Care of a Daith Piercing

Daith piercings are mostly safe because they do not go through the sensitive skin inside the nose. They usually heal quickly and are not prone to infection, but all piercings need to be cared for properly in order to avoid long-term damage.

Things to avoid:

Tugging or picking: If the jewelry moves around too much or falls out, it can damage your piercing and its surroundings. Be sure to wear appropriate jewelry, and if you need to adjust it during the healing process, do so carefully.

Stretching: Stretching a daith piercing is possible, but it can damage the inside of your nose as well as the jewelry itself. If you want a larger piercing, consider getting a second daith piercing instead.

Tobacco: Smoke and other substances can irritate your piercing. You should avoid smoking or using tobacco of any kind if you want your daith piercing to heal properly.

Things to do:

Always Wear Jewelry: Having no jewelry in your nose can damage the hole and cause the tissue to collapse. Always wear a ring, nostril screw or other piece of jewelry in your piercing at all times.

Clean Daily: You should rinse your nose twice a day with a sea salt solution or soak it in a cup of warm water and sea salt. This will prevent dirt from building up in your piercing and causing an infection.

Healing Saline: A saline solution can help to alleviate pain caused by dryness and cracking of the skin. Soak a Q-Tip in undiluted hydrogen peroxide and carefully swab the interior of your piercing.

Use Lubrication: Applying ear lubricant, lip balm or any other type of skin lubricant can help prevent irritation and dryness. This is especially important during the winter months or in dry climates.

Wash Your Hands: Be sure to wash your hands before touching your piercing. This will prevent dirt and bacteria from your hands from getting into your piercing and irritating it.

Do not:

Drip: Avoid dripping sweat or water into your piercing. This can irritate the skin and damage the jewelry.

Be sure to keep your nose away from window air conditioners, as the moisture they expel can cause your piercing to become irritated.

Pick or Play: Do not pick or play with your piercing with your finger, as this can accidentally pull out the jewelry or damage the interior of your nose.

Scratch: Avoid scratching or rubbing your piercing. This can accidentally pull out the jewelry or damage the interior of your nose.

Smoke or Sneeze: These can cause a lot of damage to your new piercing. If you need to sneeze, cover your nose with the crook of your elbow instead.

If you need to smoke, avoid the temptation. You are better off smoking extra before you get your piercing than smoking at all once you have it.

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