How long after a cartilage piercing is done will it stay swollen?

I just got my cartilage pierced about 6 days ago and it's still kind of swollen. It also hurts a bit if i try to move my ear (like when im cleaning it). This is normal right? I just want to make sure that it doesn't get infected or anything... But if it is infected what do i do? Is there a way to fight the infection without having to take out my piercing?

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  1. notaswingset Says:

    when I got mine done a few years ago, mine was swollen for a week or too, and I got the gun to do it.
    the swelling should go down soon, but you should try icing it a bit or a cool cloth. if its infected you should take out the ear ring, or else it could get worse. but keep cleaning it, it should help.

  2. Blue Eyed Arab. Says:

    Yeah thats all normal, mine hurt for a couple of weeks. The swelling may stay for up to another week, just keep cleaning it and you could put some ice on it to make the swelling go down.
    I highly doubt its infected but if it was you would just have to keep cleaning it and be extra careful. You should never clean it more than twice a day as that makes infection more likely. Also, if it were to be infected, you shouldn’t take it anyway because it traps the infection.

    Good Luck :)

  3. mikki p Says:

    Its normal for it to hurt for the first few weeks.
    I got mine done about 3 months ago and it still hurts if i hit it with a hair brush or something
    Mine never really swelled up though
    You may wanna see a doctor

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