I got my cartilage pierced 2 weeks ago today. The Friday after I got it pierced it was still really pink, swollen and painful. I thought there was pus, although it was after I went in the shower so it could have just been moistened crust. I went to the doctors and he told me, without looking at it very closely, that it was infected. He prescribed me antibiotics and told me to take it out. However, a week after I'd got it done I went to a piercer, a different one, and he told me that the problem was because the piercer who did it had put pressure in the wrong place and the skin on the back of the piercing tore upwards slightly. Which is why it hurt so much, cause every time I moved it it would split it back open.