Possible ear piercing infection?

Patient

Q: I got my earlobes pierced about a month and a half ago and have been cleaning them with alcohol 2-3 times consistently everyday. after about 3 weeks since i got the piercings, when i went to clean my ears, i noticed that my right ear lobe was a bit swollen and had a little bit of crusted blood around it. however, it was not red, no pus, and not painful at all except a tiny bit sore. in response to the swelling, i changed my steel starter studs to longer silver ones after 3 days since i noticed the swelling. its been about 3 more weeks now since the swelling started and my swollen ear hasn't changed at all. it hasn't gotten better or worse. its still not red, no blood, no pus, not painful at all. although the soreness is still there, i can't even classify it as pain because its not even that painful, i just feel a little discomfort when i clean it. i continue to clean it 2-3 times everyday with alcohol. i even removed my right earring sometimes to check for unusual bumps or discoloration but there is none. the ear has never discharged blood or pus at anytime except on the morning i found the swelling.

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