What to do if your cartialge piercing is swollen and hurts?

I got my cartilage pierced exactly a week ago with a piercing gun. It hasn't been hurting much till today. I have cleanin it twice a day as well as turning it. But now it seems to be swollen today. I really don't want to have to take it out, so any suggestions?

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  1. Jaxy Says:

    The same thing happened 2 me i kept it in and made sure not 2 hit it on anything and then take it out when u are allowed to and then leave it out till the swelling goes away cuz it will the bump on the back of ur ear is normal tho

  2. Alex Rivers Says:

    Take it out

  3. Natosha Says:

    Piercing guns are unsafe. Especially for cartilage. Swelling, bruising and bleeding are to be expected with a new piercing. Cartilage piercings take anywhere from six to twelve months to heal completely. If you want to avoid constant issues with this piercing I suggest you do warm soaks with mild, non-iodized sea salt and water (1/8-1/4 tsp of salt per 8oz of water) 2-3 times a day for the entire healing time. Submerge the entire piercing in the saline solution for 5-7 minutes per soak. Turning the jewelry is unnecessary and can cause discomfort. “Turning” the jewelry only works the crusties through your new piercing. After the soak use a clean cotton swab to wipe away the build up on either side of the piercing. After your soaks you should try using emu oil or ‘Naked Oil’ on the piercing. Emu oil is a natural anti inflammatory and facilitates healing. In order to avoid ‘bumps’ on the piercing you can do a light tissue massage pressing the cartilage together. With these piercings, fluid can build up between the layers of skin and cartilage and massaging will help to keep this from happening. You also may want to find a qualified piercer in your area to get some appropriate jewelry for this particular area. Chances are you have poor quality jewelry in there which could cause some healing issues.Good luck! And next time you’re thinking about a new piercing do some homework and be safe. http://www.safepiercing.org is a good place to find qualified piercers in your area.

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