In ancient times people use to do piercing on their ears as a part of their religious tradition. It is also been mentioned in Bible. In ancient cultures of some Asian and African countries, this tradition was very common.
Earlier in the 19th century ear piercing was confined to women, but later men also adopted ear piercing and it became an important part of their fashion statement. Ear piercing is the most common form of body piercing.
It can be done on different location in your ears. Some common forms of ear piercing are discussed below:
1) Ear lobe piercing: The piercing done on the ear lobe takes very much less time to heal as compared to other types of piercing. Generally 5 to 6 weeks time is required after this type of piercing. This makes it the most common form.
2) Horizontal lobe piercing: When people want to wear a barbell on their ear, horizontal lobe piercing is used. It is done horizontally parallel to the ear lobe.
3) Rook piercing: Rook is located at the uppermost part of the ear. This is one of the thickest part of the ear. Not everyone can have rook piercing as it takes a lot of time to heal and comparatively more space is required for piercing.
4) Some other types of piercing include – industrial, helix, daith, tragus, and anti-tragus, etc.
Infections are very common after piercing, hence proper care is required to avoid any discomfort. The pierced area should be washed 1-2 times a day with saline solution, and pierced area should not be touched again and again with dirty or unwashed hands.
Ear piercing may or may not suit anyone. It depends upon the body and face structure of people. Ear piercing is common in some cultures and it may be alien to others. Piercing should be done keeping all the factors in mind.