Bodily fluids make most of us queasy, which is why it might have such a hard time talking about them. It can seem disgusting, but these fluids and their colors and texture can tell us a lot about what is happening inside our body. All of us know that the color and quality of our pee, poop and mucus is used in lab tests to see if we are suffering from any health issues, and this case is true for ear wax too. Even if it isn’t as informative as other fluids, ear wax can be quite telling. Earwax, also known as cerumen, helps to keep dirt and bacteria from getting inside your ear canal. Below are 7 different types you may find coming out of your ears and what it might mean:
1. Sticky And Dry
Most of the time, we either have sticky wax or dry wax coming out of your ears, and the one you end up with gives you clues about
2. Watery With A Greenish Tint
This can be due to excessive sweating. The sweat sometimes runs down your head and go into the ear, and then mixes with the wax that has already accumulated. However, if you haven’t been sweating and the watery wax is greenish or dark yellow, this could be indicative of an ear infection. If you find this type of wax and pain in your ear, visit a doctor as soon as possible.
3. Strong Odor
A strong odor indicates
4. Leaking Out Of The Ear
If you find that your ear wax is coming out in a trickle, or that clumps are being pushed out of your ear without you doing anything, it could be due to an infection or a
5. No Wax
If you find that you have absolutely no ear wax coming out of your ears, there is a tiny chance that you have a rare condition called keratitis obturans. The condition is not fully understood, but it involves a wax build up deep inside your ear that isn’t pushed out and continues until there is a hard plug inside that needs to be attended to by a doctor. This comes with other symptoms like pain and fullness in the ear.
6. White And Flaky
Gray ear wax is the result of dust buildup inside the ear, and though it might seem unhealthy, it is just a sign that your ear wax is doing its job well. It could be that you live in a very polluted area, or are surrounded by too much dust through the day.