My daughter had her ears pierced in June and they healed well with no complications other than a little tenderness around one ear that she bumped about 6 weeks ago. A few days ago she complained one side was tender--I saw it Sunday and it was a little red but didn't seem unusual, then yesterday she woke up with a large red pustule on the backside. It was so swollen that I couldn't even get hold of the earring in the front to remove it so off to the doctor we went. He removed the earring, drained it, cultured it (for staph as they're seeing more of it), and sent her home with a strong antibiotic and instructions to me for keeping it clean. Ironically she takes excellent care of her pierced ears--washes her hand before cleaning them and cleans them 1-2 times a day, rarely do I see her fiddling with them. I'm of course kicking myself for not attending to it when she first complained but she's one of those kiddos who reports every little ache, pain, and bruise on a daily (at least once) basis. Has anyone ever dealt with this before? Were you able to save the piercing? Her pain tolerance is pretty low and given pain vs. fashion she might opt for letting them close and getting them redone when she's older.