Can an earlobe piercing get infected due to stress?

Since my stress about this semester of college has hit its peak, my earlobes have become swollen, painful, and red. I've been cleaning my ears multiple times a day and taking Tylenol for the pain but nothing seems to help. I'm afraid to take my earrings out because the piercings scab over very quickly and then it hurts to put the earrings back in. I'm not allergic to my earrings so is it possible that stress is a factor?

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