i've always wanted to get a piercing, and i finally did it 3 days ago. i got a 14 guage piercing on each lobe, and i'm planning on stretching i just have a few questions about taking care of it during the healing process. i was advised to wash it with anti-bacterial soap and bactine. however, i couldn't find any bactine at the time, so i've been using antiseptic from icing (active ingredient benzalkonium chloride 0.12%) three times a day. what do most of you do to clean your piercings? is the antiseptic sufficient enough, or should i go with bactine? and finally, is it natural to still be swelling and tender after the 3rd day? cliffs: i guess i'm just slightly worried that the product i'm using is inadequate, especially since it isn't working well for my friend's cartilage.