How to heal it faster?

I recently got a helix pierced on both ears. My right one is fine, but my left isn't doing so well. It was great for a few days, bit it's gotten so inflamed. I clean it all the time, so I don't think it's infected, and there's no pus or anything. It's just swollen, red and throbbing.

I've been taking ibuprofen and icing it, and put hydro-cortisone cream on it.

What else should I do? because I really don't want to take them out.


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    Use the t-shirt trick: Dress your pillow in a large, clean t-shirt and turn it nightly; one clean t-shirt provides four clean sleeping surfaces for sleeping.

    Maintain cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats, and anything that contacts the pierced area.

    Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing.