It is the role of your earwax to protect your ear, maintain its cleanliness and health. Normal ear wax comes in various colors such as dark brown and light orange. But if it is white, green, yellow or black, watch out for an infection. An infection may just pop up, even cause the doctor difficulty in pin-pointing the exact cause. However, things such as swimmers ear – water remaining in the ear – can be a trigger factor.
The following are some of the things to learn about your health by just looking at your ear wax.
You have eczema
A flaky ear wax quickly suggests that you have eczema.
It is very possible to get eczema in the ear but treating this is very easy. If you keep on getting flaky ear wax with soreness included, you may want to be careful of psoriasis. However, this does not occur so often.
Smelling ear wax
Normal ear wax is not supposed to have an odor. If you smell it, then an infection may be existent. Most times it’s the patient who will notice the smell but there are cases where other people can. This is treatable.
If you workout and feel wetter in the ears, that may just be sweat. But if you just rose up and your pillow has earwax or some of it on the earlobe, then see your doctor. It is a signal for a chronic ear disease or just another ear infection.
Can you feel your earwax?
If you persistently feel earwax in your canal, it may be an implication that there is a blockage and should be removed. Unlike the normal assumption, cotton swabs are not effective in cleaning your ear. They just push it deeper in the canal which causes irritation and destruction to the hearing bones.
From time to time, we feel the scratching urge, but if you constantly dig into the ears to eliminate the itch, then an infection could be responsible.
Dry or dark earwax
If you notice your earwax feels thicker, drier, or darker than normal, it could be a sign of general aging.