Alright well it's been a week and everything is moving along smoothly. No more pains or stings. I had no real initial swelling but after 3 days I got some swelling and that has gone away completely.

I get a paycheck Thursday and was hoping to get a straight barbell because this circular barbell is getting annoying. At that point is it safe to switch if I clean the new piercing properly? I really want to get rid of this ring.