A lot can be learned about your health if you know how to recognize the changes of the things your body produces. Just as your pee, saliva, and mucus show that there are some health problems happening in your body, the earwax can do the same.
Earwax, or cerumen, is produced by your body and it protects your ear canal. Your ear needs protection from dirt, bacteria, and bugs. The earwax prevents them and helps it clean itself. Moreover, the earwax keeps the ear lubricated.
When the earwax changes, it may indicate that something is happening with your body. Learn to recognize the changes of your earwax and discover what it says about your health.
Watery Earwax with a Greenish Tint
The earwax can be watery in case you’ve been sweating and the watery discharge is mixed with the wax. However, if this is not the case, the watery and greenish earwax may indicate that you have an ear infection.
Sticky and Dry Earwax
The earwax can be dry if you have an Asian descent. On the other hand, if your earwax is wet, it indicates that you have a European or African descent. However, if the earwax is sticky and dry, it may point to eczema or psoriasis.
The earwax doesn’t have a smell. Hence, if you feel a strong odor from your earwax, it signals an ear infection.
The Rare urge to scratch your ears is a normal thing. However, if you feel a constant itching it probably means that you have an ear infection.
If you feel like your ear isn’t producing any earwax at all, this may mean that you have an extremely rare condition, called keratosis obturans. This condition is not well-known and it’s often accompanied by pain and fullness.
This is not something to worry about. It simply means that you’re getting older. Thus, if your earwax is flakier than like peanut butter, face a terrible truth- you’re growing old.