While it may gross the average person out, you can learn a lot about what’s going on inside your body by paying attention to the stuff it produces.
The color and consistency of your waste, saliva, and mucus can be an early indicator of underlying health issues – or, in most cases, provide affirmation that all is well.
The same holds true of the stuff that oozes out of your ears. Here is what your earwax says about your health:
EARWAX WITH TRACES OF BLOOD
Blood traced earwax is a sign that your eardrum might be perforated. It may lead to infections and it may even create problems in hearing. You should visit the doctor before you feel your hearing gets worse.
Stress and anxiety may lead to the excessive discharge of dark color earwax. It is highly suggested that if you too are having a stressful time, get a calm and peaceful environment for yourself.
Lack of vitamins and microelements, especially iron and copper may result in white earwax. It is highly recommended to consume oats and beans in your diet if suffering from such white wax. You may also take a vitamin course.
A black earwax is okay if it appears just once. But if you feel itchiness and it becomes stronger, you got to be serious as it may be a matter of fungal infection. A visit to a doctor will be the best idea.
EARWAX WITH STRONG ODOR
An infection in your middle ear may result in earwax with a strong odor. You may also feel a popping, wet sound inside your ear which may signify that you need a visit to the doctor.
A wet, sticky earwax is something that is a matter of strong concern. It may also be an indication of the inflammation process. Fix an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible.
A dry earwax may be a result of skin problems like dermatitis or dry skin. It may also be a result of lack of lean fats inside your body.
A gray earwax is quite normal and does not indicate any unhealthy symptoms. It is just dust and is quite normal in people residing in city areas. Nothing to worry about it.
Clean your ears regularly and keep yourself dry, clean, and healthy! If you found this article helpful, please share with friends and family by clicking the button below!
Don Patrick is an amateur writer and sports enthusiast. He loves reading books, listening to the Huberman Lab Podcast, and spending time with his family and friends. Don is also a personal trainer and youth hockey coach.