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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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According to WebMD, symptoms of an infected tragus piercing include red streaks under the skin that extend from the piercing site outwards, increased pain around the piercing, swelling, redness, tenderness, and pus or di... More »

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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 »

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A nose piercing hurts more when compared to other body piercings, including ear piercings. A nose piercing involves inserting a sterile needle through a nostril or through the septum, both of which are made of cartilage. More »

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The benefit of wearing an ear wrap is that you get the dramatic look of an ear cuff without any of the discomfort involved in use of the helix piercing. An ear wrap is a more comfortable alternative to an ear cuff. More »

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