First, you took your starter earrings out too soon. That irritated the piercings, as they were still healing. You basically ripped them back open. The discharge you saw on the starter earrings likely wasn't an infection - it was cells from your healing piercing - in other words, normal. If you had an infection...
Best answer: First, you took your starter earrings out too soon. That irritated the piercings, as they were still healing. You basically ripped them back open. The discharge you saw on the starter earrings likely wasn't an infection - it was cells from your healing piercing - in other words, normal. If you had an infection with the starter earrings, you'd leave the earrings in, and treat the infection with sea salt soaks.
When you remove the earrings, you irritated the piercings, and set them back in their healing. You also put in silver jewelry, which isn't good enough for healing piercings. For healing piercings, you need 18k gold or higher, or surgical steel, or titanium. If you leave silver in there, it can irritate your piercings. Also, as the silver tarnishes, the tarnish can dye your piercing holes permanently, black, as they heal. It's called a "tarnish tattoo."
I'd like you to get your starter studs back in, but to do that, I'd very strongly recommend that you go to a real piercer (like one at a tattoo shop, not one at a Claire's) who can do this in a sterile manner, and in a way that won't damage your piercings more. It'll be very hard or impossible for you to replace jewelry in your swollen ear in a way that won't hurt you more and make things worse, so please see a real piercer.
To treat the irritation you have now, do sea salt soaks. That's 1/4 teaspoon sea salt in a cup of warm water. Soak the piercing for 5-10 minutes, twice per day. Rinse well, pat dry with a clean cloth. Don't remove the jewelry as you do this, or while the piercing heals. Don't twist or fuss with the jewelry. Give the piercings another 4-6 weeks to heal (again, you set the healing back, so you need to give them extra time now.)
The crust is normal in a piercing that's this irritated. Don't pick at it. The sea salt soaks will help with that. The swelling is also normal, but you need to treat these piercings with sea salt soaks to get that swelling down and the irritation to go away, so it doesn't turn into an infection.
For the swelling for now, you can take an anti-inflammatory, do the sea salt soaks, apply ice (wrapped in cloth) to the swollen area. If things don't start to improve in a couple of days, go see a professional piercer for an evaluation, or if that's impossible, see a doctor.
3 weeks ago