A cartilage piercing, also called a helix piercing, is one of the more painful ear piercings. The cartilage is thicker than the lobe, so the piercing gun or needle works a little harder to penetrate it. More »

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Ear piercings on the lobe of the ear take about 4-6 weeks to close, on average. This is the amount it would take any hole on the earlobe to heal. This assumes that no earring is kept in the ear at any point in time, whic... More »

Minor piercing infections are treated with antibiotics targeted at the most common bacterial pathogens. Surgical excision and drainage may be necessary in cases of abscess formation. In these cases, cosmetic damage may b... More »

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There are dozens of cute ear piercings to choose from, including the rook piercing, done on the cartilage that separates the inner and outer ear; and the helix, which pierces the upper ear. Combinations of different pier... More »

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Symbolism associated with ear piercings has all but vaporized since the close of the 20th century as body piercings have been embraced by pop culture. According to Life123.com, between 1960 and 1990, gay American men pie... More »

An anti-tragus piercing involves perforating the cartilage on the outside of the ear, slightly further up from the ear lobe, to insert jewelry. It is called an anti-tragus because the piercing itself is located opposite ... More »

Buyers can find the highest quality cartilage stud earrings, made with hypoallergenic materials, at numerous online retailers, such as Body Candy and FreshTrends, or at local stores that carry body jewelry, including Cla... More »

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