I got my rook pierced 10 days ago, all was fine until a few days ago when it became very swollen and very sore. I understand that I've probably caught it or slept on it etc, but I'm just wondering if there is anything I can do to reduce the swelling to give it some space to heal as the bar is literally ball to skin at the moment.

Also, can anyone tell me what signs to look out for with infection?

The only symptoms I have are swelling, redness, throbbing, sore/warm to touch and yellow puss. I have been taking anti-inflammatorys and doing SSS and not much improvement. Pain subsides slightly but swelling doesn't. I've just tried chamomile too to see if that helps.

Thanks guys