Migraine Piercing: The Low-Down on Healing Migraines and Some Awesome Pictures

By Tephanie Stephenson / September 14, 2018
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Most piercings are done for its aesthetic purposes. The migraine piercing, on the other hand, has two main purposes: one is its aesthetic purposes, and the other is its ability to heal and prevent migraines.

Today, we will discuss all about the migraine piercing and if it can really cure and prevent migraines.


What is the Migraine Piercing?

The migraine piercing, also often called the daith piercing, is one of those ear piercings that has a medical purpose. It is believed to cure and prevent migraines, although there really is no scientific study to back it up yet.


The migraine piercing is located on the innermost part of the helix, just above the tragus. It is a type of ear cartilage piercing, which means that it will take a couple of months for it to heal completely.

Can the Migraine Piercing Really Cure Migraines?

You would have to keep in mind that everybody’s anatomy is different in their own ways. While the migraine piercing can work for some people, it sometimes won’t work for others. One more thing that you would have to make sure, too, is that the location of your migraine piercing is exactly where it should be.


Do your research before getting the piercing to make sure that the piercer will pierce the correct area. Even just a small miss can hurt your chances of taking advantage of the migraine piercing, so make sure to get your piercing from the right person or shop.

ring for the migraine piercing


Just like what we have mentioned before, there is no scientific study yet that backs up the migraine piercing. However, some people claim that the migraine piercing has reduced their migraines. While it is not a specific cure for migraines, it has the possibility to reduce and minimize your chronic headaches.


Some people compare the migraine piercing to acupuncture. It is said that if done right, the piercing can help reduce migraines just like acupuncture does. Since you will be wearing the earring at all times, it will continuously compress a pressure point in your ear that is known to be related to migraines.

Which Side Should I Get the Migraine Piercing On?

Most migraine sufferers will tell you that the pain is actually worse on one side of their head. While this is especially true, some people experience migraine on both sides of their head.


If you experience migraines on one specific part of your head, then consider getting the piercing on that side. Your piercer should know where the pressure point should be, which is why it is extremely important to choose your piercer well.

migraine and ear piercings

If you want, then you can get a migraine piercing on both sides of your ears to make sure you get the most out of its benefits.


One great way to know which side of your ear you should get the piercing is to visit an acupuncture salon. Ask for an acupuncture massage on your ear and see which side gives you relief. If you get relief on the right side of your ear, then get the piercing on your right ear. If you feel better after getting your left ear massaged, then get the piercing on your left ear.

Will the Migraine Piercing Hurt?

Know if the migraine piercing will hurt and what you can do to minimize the pain.


How Bad Will it Hurt?

When it comes to migraine piercings, the initial hole or piercing may actually be very bearable. As the ear begins to swell from the penetration, your pain sensors slowly flare up and the entire ear becomes irritated.

The pain that you will experience during the piercing is different from the healing process. During the piercing, you will experience a jolt of pain once the needle pushes through your ear. It is similar to that of a hard pinch, it is a very sharp pain. The healing process has more of that throbbing effect and you can experience your ear to be red and swollen during this period.

The Whole Piercing Process

The first thing that the piercer or artist will ask you is to sit on his chair. He will then proceed and have the area disinfected with his own special concoction. Most piercers use 99% alcohol or a mixture of water and soap to disinfect the area that will be pierced. This helps prevent the possibility of getting an infection due to a bacteria being pushed through the hole in your ear.

The areas that will be pierced will then be marked, so the piercer knows where to properly place the needle. They will then ask you to look at the marks in the mirror and ask you if you think the marks are good enough.


After you confirm, they will place a sharp and hollow piercing needle on your cartilage.

You can definitely choose the type of earring that will be used for your piercing, but always remember that the fancier the earring, the more expensive your piercing will cost.

Until When Can I Feel the Pain?

The pain will be a little bit worse compared to other conventional piercings, as this is a cartilage piercing. The part of the ear that will be pierced has tougher and thicker tissue and can be more sensitive compared to other parts of the ear.

You do not have to worry though, as the initial pain will be gone in a minute or two. If your pain threshold is high, then you can expect to feel less pain.

However, the healing process is a whole different story. Since the tissue on those parts of your ear is tougher and more sensitive, it will take a bit longer for it to heal. Expect it to completely heal within a period of six to eight months, although the pain and throbbing will mostly be gone in just a month.

The Complete Process of Healing

There’s also something to be said about the healing process. You should be prepared for more pain than you’re usually accustomed to since your cartilage was just pierced. Migraine piercings take longer to fully heal compared to an earlobe piercing. Anything that slightly touches your ear could cause pain for at least the first two weeks.

heart daith piercing

Migraine piercings can be a bit more difficult to sleep on, most especially because it is located on your ear. Because of this, swelling and flaring up is a common thing, so don’t be too worked up when this happens. As long as you keep your piercing clean at all times, you will be all good.

If you happen to see pus or blood oozing on your piercing though, then go ahead and see your doctor right away. This might mean that your piercing caught an infection. Listen to your doctor and follow your piercer’s aftercare tips to prevent these things from happening.

What can I Do to Lessen the Pain?

There are certain things that can affect the pain that you are experiencing on your piercing.

First, not sleeping enough can make you more susceptible to pain during your piercing session. Additionally, sleeping less during the healing period can also delay the healing process. Make sure to get enough sleep before the day of your piercing, as well as during the healing process.

unique daith piercing


Second, being under the influence of drugs and alcohol can actually make your piercing more painful. Alcohol automatically and temporarily thins your blood out, which is why it is not a good idea to drink it before getting a piercing. Blood will more likely flow easily, making your piercing and wound bloodier and more difficult to pull off for the piercer.

Third, your piercer’s skills and experience can contribute to the pain that you will experience when getting pierced. Choose a piercer that has proper training and experience when it comes to doing migraine piercings.

Ask your piercer if you can get a numbing cream placed on or near the areas that need to be pierced to lessen the pain.

How Should I Clean my Migraine Piercing?

Cleaning your migraine piercing is just like cleaning every other ear piercing. Get the sea salt that you bought from the grocery, as well as the cotton rounds or pads. Take one cup of warm water and one-fourth of a teaspoon of sea salt. Now, mix the sea salt and the warm water and dissolve the sea salt in it. Don’t stop mixing until it is completely dissolved in the water.

Once you have prepared the solution, get a cotton ball or pad and then soak it in the solution. With very clean hands, put the cotton to your piercing, leaving it there for about a minute or two.

If you want to keep yourself from infections and diseases, then follow this cleaning process and do it twice to thrice per day.

How Much is the Migraine Piercing?

The cost, of course, would depend per artist. You can’t expect to come to one piercer and have the same quotation from another piercer.

There are lots of factors that can affect the cost of the piercing including the following:

Your Piercer’s Experience

The experience and skills of the piercer will also play a huge role in the price of the migraine piercing.

If the piercer has been doing piercings for a couple of years, then there is a high chance that their prices will be much higher compared to a non-experienced piercer.


The Shop’s Location

The location of the shop that you are getting your piercing from can greatly affect the total price of the piercing.

If you are getting your piercing from a shop that is located somewhere in Calabasas or Beverly Hills, then you can expect the price to be more on the higher end.

The Whole Piercing Shop’s Sanitation

The more sanitized and clean the shop is, the more expensive the piercing is going to be. Most piercers will spend money to keep their shop clean and presentable to their clients. This is an important factor though, as you would not want to get infected just because of a dirty shop and unsanitized tools.

holographic jewelry for daith piercing

Your Preferred Jewelry

The price of the jewelry that you choose for your piercing can also greatly affect the overall price. The fancier the jewelry, the higher the costs will be.

On an average, you would most likely spend around $50 – $60 for a migraine piercing. Keep these factors in mind though, as they would likely play a huge role in the total cost when it comes to the migraine piercing.

What Should I Remember Before Going in for the Piercing?

While the migraine piercing pain is inevitable, there are things that you can do to lessen the pain. Continue reading to make sure you will experience less pain during and after the piercing.

beautiful jewelry for daith piercing


Fill your Tummy Up

When you are hungry, your blood sugar goes down. This means that you will get nauseous faster than usual and this may affect your pain tolerance. Make sure to eat even just a light snack before coming in to get the piercing.

Rest Before the Piercing

Get an ample amount of rest before the day of your piercing. Being well-rested will help you get through the process better and easier.

Getting in the shop without any type of rest will make you feel nauseous and out of it, so make sure to get at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep before getting your piercing done.

Hydrate Yourself

Going in dehydrated is not an option. Drink lots of water before getting the piercing done and carry a bottle of water before going to the shop to make sure that you will stay hydrated all throughout the process.

Wear the Right Type of Clothing

Wear comfortable and loose clothes during the day of your piercing. Avoid wearing tight and fitting clothes, as the clothes can tug on your jewelry, irritating your piercing. Get some comfortable clothes and wear those until your piercing gets a hundred per cent better.

Prepare Yourself

Do your research and know everything that you need to know about the migraine piercing. Read articles about the topic, watch some videos, and interview some friends.

Decide if you are a hundred percent ready and dedicated to getting this piercing. Once you have it, there is no going back, and you definitely have to care for it properly to make sure that it heals well.


Consider Using a Numbing Cream

If you are super scared of the piercing but you want to get the migraine piercing badly, then go ahead and ask your piercer if you can use a numbing cream. This will minimize or eliminate the initial sharp pain, leaving you with a beautifully pierced cartilage without any type of pain.

Steer Clear of Certain Things

Steer clear of things that can affect your piercing pain including alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep, and going to an inexperienced piercer.

Follow the instructions above to make sure that the pain will be tolerable for you.

little jewelry for migraine piercing

Migraine Piercing Risks, Infections, and Symptoms

Just like with any type of piercing, your migraine piercing can get infected. There are certain things that can contribute to a migraine piercing infection, and you must always be careful not to contract those.

The Symptoms

You can usually easily tell if your piercing is infected. You should also watch out for the following.

Extreme Redness

Sure, the pierced area will be red for a while. However, if you notice that the redness does not go down even after a couple of days or even weeks, then go to the emergency room right away and have it checked by a doctor, as this can easily be a sign of infection.

daith piercing coupled with a few others


Severe Swelling

Another thing to watch out for is extreme swelling. If you see any bumps or raised area around your piercing, then do not attempt to drain it. Instead, head to the nearest hospital and ask for help.

Pain and Tenderness

It is usual for the piercing to be a bit painful and tender after the procedure, but extended pain and tenderness can often mean an infection.


If you see any bloody or yellow discharge coming out from your migraine piercing, then that is a clear indicator that you have an infection. The yellow substance is most likely pus, so make sure to check with your doctor once you notice this.

Fever and Chills

A fever is usually an indicator that your body is dealing with a major infection. If you get a fever, then head on to the nearest emergency room, as the infection may have spread out to the rest of your body, causing you to have a fever.

Always listen to your piercer’s aftercare instructions and follow it to a T.

The Risks of Getting a Migraine Piercing

Just like with any other piercing, the migraine piercing comes with certain risks. Keep on reading to be aware of it and how to steer clear of these risks.


Unless you are prone to scarring and keloids, you do not have to worry about this. However, getting scars and keloids are more likely with cartilage piercings such as the migraine piercing.

There are two types of scars: hypertrophic scar and a keloid scar.

Hypertrophic scarring is when you get a bump around the pierced area. This type of scar is typically temporary and goes away on its own after the wound on your piercing heals.

Keloid scars are more on the permanent side, and it is much difficult to get rid of it. This is a result of excess collagen that is being generated in your cartilage’s surroundings. You can avoid getting keloids by doing proper aftercare and making sure that you do not tug on your piercing.

glamorous daith piercing

Getting an Infection

One thing that you would clearly want to steer clear of when getting a migraine piercing is acquiring any type of infection. Infections may be the result of unhygienic tools and unsterilized jewelry.

If you are experiencing extreme pain, redness, heat, throbbing, and tenderness in the area, then chances are you might have an infection due to the piercing. Another tell-tale sign of an infection is if you see pus draining from the piercing. This will most likely be green or yellowish in color and if you see this coming out of your piercing, go and visit the nearest emergency room and have it treated immediately.

Before heading to the emergency room, you can temporarily treat the infection yourself. Create a mixture of salt and warm water and soak a cotton ball in it. Place the damp cotton ball on your infected ear to take out any pus or liquid oozing out of it. This will also help prevent the infection from spreading out until you’ve reached the hospital.

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Tephanie Stephenson

Tephanie has extensive knowledge when it comes to body and facial piercings. She has seen it all – from nostril piercings all the way to nipple piercings. She has over 10 piercings including a nostril, medusa, eyebrow, tragus, earlobe, and industrial. She is an expert when it comes to cleaning piercings and keeping it infection-free. If you have got any questions for Tephanie about any type of piercing, comment it down below and she will get back to you in a jiffy!

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