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What are steps I can take to prevent my industrial piercing from getting infected if I had to take the jewelry out?

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I've had the industrial bar for about three months. It's not healed yet, still hurts a bit especially when slept on or irritated. I bought two bio-flex retainers for helix piercings that I plan to use for a job interview. Thing is, I have to take it out soon and it is not going to be healed yet, when I take it out, I plan on using the bio-flex retainers. I hear that a lot of the times, the jewelry is what prevents bacteria from getting into the piercing and preventing an infection. What can I do? I don't want to lose this piercing.