If you didn’t know it by now, the color of your ear wax can show you a lot of things connected with your health. This is the sticky substance that comes out of your ears and it’s actually very essential, because it protects them from damage and germs and isn’t harmful as many people think. You can have problems if you don’t clean your ears for a longer period of time.
When we’re cleaning the ears, no one actually pays attention to the color of the ear wax, but it can say a lot about our health, so we should all learn what it means.
The ear wax is a combination of squalene, alcohol and long-chain fatty acids. Use a damp cloth or cotton buds to clean it regularly.
Here’s what the color of the wax can mean:
YELLOW AND WET
This one is the most common ear wax. In case it’s wet, then the ear channel is dry and pique.
Grey wax appears because of the natural cleaning process of the ear. This isn’t worrying, but if its texture is dry and brittle, it may show eczema. Visit your doctor for better information.
YELLOW AND STICKY
This is a normal type of earwax. Yellow and sticky wax is more common in children who have a bigger amount of wax in their ears. It reduces in time gradually.
DARK AND STICKY
Excessive sweating is indicated by this type of ear wax. The darker the color is, the more likely it is that the sweat will generate a bad smell. However, it isn’t dangerous.
DARK AND COMPACT
This type of wax appears in cases of anxiety and fatigue. These along with excessive sweating can block the ear canals, so make sure you clean your ears regularly.
DRY, WHITE AND FLAKY
Don’t worry about this type of ear wax.
BLACK OR BROWN
It really looks awful, but it isn’t dangerous. It’s probably caused by the excess production of ear wax or it may indicate that the wax is older.
WET AND RUNNY
Some ear wax can leak out of the ear once in a while, but if it comes out in large amounts often and you’ve noticed it containing pus or blood, you may have a perforated eardrum. Visit a doctor immediately!
Blood in your ear wax can indicate serious problems.
Next time you clean your ears, pay more attention to your ear wax and what it may show!