If you have sensitive ears go slow and clean with warm salt water. I never took mine out when they were infected, just cleaned often until they were healed again. I have mine at 0g and I jumped a lot to get them there but I don't have sensitive ears, I heal up pretty quick and have a high pain tolerance. If they are all healed up again then start over, leave plenty of time to heal in between sizes, don't play with/touch them, only touch them with CLEAN hands, and clean often with warm salt water. Good luck!