firstly... dont get your ears pierced with a piercing gun.... stupid thing to do... alwyas go to a proper piercing studio
secondly silver can irritate piercings, good quality titanium will not, but it doesn't appear that you have an irritation problem.
6 weeks should be enough time for them to heal, but even healed piecings can close up, although generally with ear piercings after you've had them a couple of months, they wont close up so quickly.
butterfly stud things, are crap ear jewellery, dirt can get trapped in the butterfly bit, infections etc etc can happen. unlikely though...
the "yellow waxy substance" is probably, what is most commonly reffered to as "ear cheese" and yes its normal, just clean your piercings, and it wont be a problem.
simple solution to ur problem... the weight of the hoops you wear will be adding to the healing time. changing jewellery will add to healing time, etc etc.. i personally recomend just stop changing your jewellery for a few more weeks, and make sure you clean your piercing regulary with saline solution... and if possible, but is probably overkill get yourself some nice internally threaded titanium barbells =]
I got my ears peirced when I was 16 and I am now 20, and I have tended to sleep with earrings in overnight most of the time. Having empty ears for over 12 hours seems to make them close up ever so slightly, even now. Then again I am a freakishly good healer with too many white blood cells, so that would be why.
If you clean around the piercing properly you will not get puss in the first place.
I really strongly suggest you get yourself down to a local piercer to get some proper jewellery for your lobes. The studs that come with a gun piercing are inadequate in length and don't allow for swelling.
Oh, and NEVER get pierced with a gun, ever again. ALWAYS needle pierce.
1) Piercing guns are predominantly made of plastic - this means they cannot be autoclaved (an autoclave is a machine that sterilises piercing equipment) and therefore they carry the risk of bloodborne disease such as HIV and Hepititis as they are not sterile. The stud may come out of a sterile packet, but what if there's body fluid from a past customer on the gun?
2) Piercing guns are based on a spring loaded mechanism. That, mixed with a blunt, inadequate stud and you can imagine what it does. The stud is shot through the skin, causing damage to the surrounding tissue and scar tissue is then more likely to form inside the piercing. Scar tissue can cause healing to be problematic and more lengthy.
3) Places that use piercing guns often use ill-trained people to use them; shop assistants at Claire's Accessories who have little knowledge of human anatomy or the problems associated with body piercing.
4) The jewellery supplied with piercing guns is of inferior quality and metal. Gold is NOT a suitable metal to use in a fresh piercing, and 'steel' can cause allergic reactions as it has a small nickel content.
Why would gold be unsuitable? It's one of the most unreactive metals there is.
I had my ears pierced WITH the earrings themselves. Which I think were gold. (This was at Metal Morphosis inside Oxford Street Selfridges).
Aye, I had mine done with 9 carat gold at a proper jewellers, with a gun. They were fine. However, I do have a low healing rate. So I'm not really able to comment properly.
Well titanium is even more unreactive than gold, but gold is pretty damn unreactive. Just how picky can your ears be?
I had my earring put in about a year and a quarter ago, and I've never taken it out, I used twist it like I was told too and I've never had any problems, which just goes to show you that it's different for everyone. Is yours in your lobe or cartilage?