I'm new to this forum, but I have been reading through the various threads, and I have found them to be very helpful.
I have been wanting to start stretching my ears for about 2 months now and last Tuesday 6/26/12 I got my very first piercing, 10ga glass single flair plugs.
The piercer suggested that if I move around a lot at night I should put band aids on to keep from losing the o-ring and the plug slipping out.
I did that the first night, had no problems, by the third night I figured I didn't need the band aids, the left ear was fine but the right ear lost the o-ring, the plug stayed in. Last night (fourth night), I put band aids on but didn't do a good job of it and the right plug fell out completely and I lost the o-ring.
I fell asleep around 12am and woke up at 3am to find the plug had fallen out. I woke my fiance up and she helped me put the plug back in and a new o-ring. Washed the plug and my hands with hot water and anti bacterial soap before attempting to put the plug back in, so did my fiance.
Now for the questions, is there a better way to keep the o-rings from falling off other than the band aid method?
My ear is swollen. Was it ok that I put the plug back in myself? Is it supposed to be swollen like this (attached pictures)?
I bought a pair of sterilized titanium plugs from a online shop that have the o-ring grooves on them, how long should I wait before I can swap them in?
TIA for all your help.