Up until a week or two ago my industrial was doing fine. Had started healing well and wasn't hurting much anymore. Then my girlfriend somehow decided that it would be a good idea to elbow me in the ear. Since then both holes have been very very sore and bleed easily. The lower hole is definitely infected and the upper looks like it may be starting. I've read that infections in cartilage piercings should be treated differently than others, but havn't seen any details. Can anyone give me some advice on what to do about the infection? I'm also worried about the length of the bar I have in. It's 1 3/8 and the balls are right against my ear when it's not swollen. Now both holes are swollen, especially the lower. It's become nearly impossible to clean under them and there are indentations where it's swollen up around them a bit. The piercer told me I should wait at least 2 months to change bars (was done on 12/23), but right now it seems like a longer bar would help alot. The only other bar I have right now is a black pvd coated one that is 1/8 inch longer. Should I put that in to try and relieve some of the pressure on the piercings or would that only irritate them more? Are pvd coated bars even safe for healing piercings? Should I order a longer steel bar to keep in until it's fully healed? Thanks in advance for any help or advice.