What Is A Tragus Earring?: Things You Should Know Before Piercing

Humans use piercings as means to express themselves and this is done in the different areas of the body. The face and ears are the commonly pierced areas, with some locations more conventional than others. The tragus is a small piece of cartilage found in front of the ear canal and people are commonly piercing it these days mostly as a fashion statement. Tragus jewelry can be bought at the same stores that sell regular or body jewelry. The actual moment of the piercing is the most painful, but if done correctly the pain is minimal. People who had it done confess to a “pop” sound.

The trend of having the tragus pierced started probably in the 1990s but it really made a statement when Scarlett Johansson appeared with one on the red carpet in 2005. At the time, BBC called it the new belly button of the piercing world as these piercings were equally requested at the time. Back then, having your tragus pierced was quite uncommon but today the situation changed.

The ear is one of the most popular body parts to be pierced by both males and females. The ear itself can be pierced in 9 different locations, and from top to bottom, these are:

Ear Piercing Diagram

ear piercing diagram

Helix or Cartilage

One can attach more earrings in this location. The earrings can be placed all over the outer, upper half ear.


Consists of 2 piercings connected by one jewelry


This one is done through a cartilage inside the outer ear


Piercing passes through the ear’s innermost cartilage fold


Snug and Conch seem to be placed at about the same level


Opposite the ear canal


The most commonly pierced part of the ear with one or more earrings

If you are planning to get a body part pierced, do a research on the products used, as some people are allergic to some metal. The materials used to make tragus jewelry are steel, gold, silver, titanium, or even plastic. It is important to avoid nickel as it can cause severe allergies and it has been observed that it slows the healing process. Gold and silver both contain nickel in various proportions and it is best not to use them at all if you are sensitive.

If you want to avoid infections and if you want to have a faster recovery, proper care of the piercing must be performed. Cleaning the pierced area twice or 3 times a day with some salty water is recommended, but make sure you use sea salt and not more than 1/4 teaspoon to a cup of water. Chamomile tea also helps with keeping the infections away so feel free to use the tea bags or some Q-tips dipped in it. The earring itself must also be cleaned with a special solution according to the instructions of the piercer.