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The color of your ear wax can reveal a lot about your health

Our body gives us many signs when something is wrong – but sometimes we ignore them or are simply unaware of them.

Take ear wax for example. Like most body fluids, ear wax is something that is barely talked about. And many of us have never thought about it – certainly not about its color.

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But as it turns out, paying attention to the color and texture of our ear wax can reveal important information about our health – and the rest of our body.

It is important to note you should never insert an ear stick or any other foreign object into the ear canal. They should only be used for the outer parts of the ear. So let’s take a look at the colors and textures of ear wax – and what does it mean when the wax suddenly changes shape.

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Soft, sticky and yellow

One of the most common types of ear wax is sticky and yellow. This type of ear wax is useful to lubricate the ear canal, and prevent it from drying out and itching.

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White and dry

White and dry ear wax is also common. People who produce less body odor will usually have such ear wax. But it can also indicate that the body is deficient in l vitamins, especially copper and iron.

Brown or black

Old ear wax that has been in the ear for a long time will usually be dark. But if you find brown or black ear wax, it may also be a sign of stress and that you need to relax. Black ear wax can be a symptom of a fungal infection in the
ear.

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Gray

Gray ear wax? This may sound strange, but it’s a fact, and it’s just a sign that the ear wax is doing its job in protecting the ear. The meaning of the gray color is just a little dirt that has accumulated inside the ear.

Red / blood

If you have noticed that your ear wax is red or with blood it could be a sign of damage to the ear canal. It can also be a sign that you have an ear infection. If you notice this, go to the doctor just to be sure.

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Liquid

It is normal for there to be liquid ear wax flowing from the ear, it is just a sign that the ear is cleaning itself. But if it comes in large quantities, it could be a sign of injury to the inner ear, or you are about to catch some
infection. In any case, it is advisable to see a doctor.

Bad smell

Bad-smelling ear wax means you have an infection or some kind of ear blockage.

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If the color of your ear wax changes slightly from time to time, there is no reason to worry. But if you have noticed that the color has changed drastically, then you should go to the doctor.

Please share this information with friends so that they too know what color of ear wax to pay attention to. You never know who it will help!


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