Regardless of which tragus piercing you get, it will take a relatively long time to heal fully. You're in the ballpark of 6-12 months. It's recommended to wear the jewelry you originally got pierced with for the first 12 months, so be sure to get something you'll love.
Tragus piercing healing can be tricky. Your tragus presses against things like cell phones, headphones, and pillows - a lot! And these things tend to be pretty germy. This is why taking really good care of this piercing is paramount.
For starters, disinfect your cell phone regularly - the more, the better. Shoot for at least once a day. Avoid wearing headphones or earbuds, at least for the first 4-8 weeks. After that, avoiding these things is still a good idea if you can handle it. If you're a side sleeper, try to avoid sleeping on it. Not only do you have to worry about germs from your pillowcase, but pressure on the wound impacts healing time. But fear not - travel pillows can help with this. If you do use a regular pillow, keep it clean!
Ear wax can also impact healing. Ear wax is your body's way of keeping dirt, microbes, bacteria, and other nasties out. The wax captures these things and is then expelled from your canal, right? So, the wax is full of all the nasties that you don't want anywhere near your fresh piercing. So, as your piercing heals, ensure you're cleaning your ears out regularly. It's a good idea to clean them before you get your piercing. That way, you might not have to do it the first four weeks or so, when your wound is most vulnerable.
Aside from cleaning the ear canal, use a sterile saline solution to clean the piercing two times a day for the first 2-3 months. After that, you can get away with once a day or so. And as with any piercing, avoid touching it with your hands - which we all know are notoriously germy.
Avoid harsh skin care, soaps, and oils while your piercing is healing.
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