earwax color

Your earwax color can tell you a lot about the state and health of your ears. The healthy earwax protects the ear from itching by lubricating it, it prevents bacteria and different pollutants from entering the ear and has many other uses.

Red earwax
Having earwax that is red in color can mean that the eardrum is perforated, but also suggest other problems with the inside of your ears. You should probably visit a doctor and take some precautions.

Grey earwax
Grey color of your earwax is nothing to worry about if everything else is fine and there’s no pain inside the ears. It may seem scary and unusual, but it’s probably due to the fact that you live in a big city with a lot of dust and pollutants. If you’re still worried, schedule a checkup with your doctor.

Brown earwax
If your discharge is brown, you’re probably going through a lot of stress. Earwax is made by apocrine glands, and this is how they react to stress and anxiety.

Black earwax
No need to worry if it doesn’t happen regularly. Fats in the earwax react with oxygen so it tends to darken if it stays inside the ear for a long time. If your ear leaks black discharge and feels itchy, this is the time to visit your doctor since it can be a fungal infection.

  1. June 30, 2018

    My ears are dry most of the time (they produce very little ear wax), so they’re itchy often and every time I use cotton swab I tend to peel of a bit of skin inside the ear shell. What I want to say is that my cotton swabs are red not because my wax is red, but because i tend to hurt the skin and make it bleed.

  2. July 19, 2018

    By experts opinion that earwax helps to prevent debris, dirt, and other things from entering the ear canal, and also helps to prevent infection. Earwax can vary in color, in shades of yellow, white, brown, and even black. It can be soft, hard, or flaky. There’s a lot of variation with earwax, depending on several variables. By the way, thank you so much for this helpful reading.

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