I got my cartilage pierced at Claire's on August 5th. I was told I could take it out at the earliest in 8 weeks, and right now I'm around the 6 week mark. They used a gun and a stainless steel hypoallergenic stud. Now my problem is, it was sore like hell for a while. My niece had a lovely time yanking on it when it was about 2 weeks old and it swelled badly. But now it doesn't really hurt, but it's crusty. Like it stings a little if I turn it, because the crust has dried to my ear and to the stud (It sounds so lovely I know). What I want to know is, do I need to be worried? Or just keep cleaning it (which I kind of sort of do... ish) and turning it? So I could really use some advice, because I don't want to have had all this aggravation only to take it out.

Thanks.