Earwax is a waxy substance that is secreted in the passage of the outer ear and it prevents dirt and bacteria to get inside the ear canal. This yellowish sticky substance is disgusting and no one wants to talk about it, but it actually is extremely important for the body. Medical experts explain that the color and the texture of the earwax can say a lot about the overall health.

Even though it is gross, next time you clean your ears you should take a closer look at the earwax.

  • SOFT AND PALE YELLOW

If the earwax is soft in texture and has a yellow color it means it is normal and healthy. It is important to mention that children produce much more earwax than adults.

  • IT’S STICKY, OR DRY

According to recent scientific studies, the earwax provides a clue of the genetic ancestry of the person. Scientists explain that people of Asian decent have dry earwax, while people of African or European descent have sticky or “wet” wax. In other words, the texture of the earwax actually indicates that there is “a genetic adaptation to the climates in which our ancestors evolved”.

  • GRAY

Despite the fact that gray earwax looks unusual, if you see this type of earwax on the cotton swab, you should know that it is completely normal and there is no need to worry. Namely, the earwax may have a gray color as a result of the natural cleaning process of the ear.

However, if the earwax is too dry and brittle and if you have itchiness in your ear, the reason for that might be eczema. So, if you have any of these symptoms, it is advisable to visit a medical expert.

  • THICK AND DARK

Earwax is created by the apocrine glands in the ear. When the person it stressed or afraid, these glands start producing more wax than usual and doctors explain that this is a similar reaction to sweating under pressure.

It is important to mention that wax buildup can occur if there is more produced earwax than the body can naturally push it out from the ear canal. This buildup can make a blockage and that furthermore may lead to temporary hearing loss. In order to prevent this, you need to cleanse the earwax on a regular basis.

  • BLACK OR DARK BROWN

Earwax with dark brown or black color looks really scary but there is no need to worry. At most cases the dark color occurs as a result of an overproduction of wax (on the same way when we’re stressed). Moreover, dark color of the earwax might be indication that the wax has been in the ear too long. The earwax becomes dark as a result of exposure to oxygen.