1. Yellow, wet and sticky
This is the most common type of wax for adults. The wet, sticky texture helps to keep the ear canal from drying out and becoming itchy.
Gray earwax may look unusual, but if you see it on your cotton swab, there’s no need to worry. The gray color is usually just the result of the ear’s natural cleaning process. But if the wax is dry and brittle and your ear is itchy, it could be a sign of eczema. If you notice these symptoms, it’s best to have it looked at by a doctor.
3. Pale yellow
This color is the most common for kids. Children tend to produce a lot more earwax than adults, but as they get older this production gradually decreases.
4. Sticky and dark
Earwax that is darker than normal indicates that the body is perspiring more than usual. The darker the color of the wax, the higher the probability that this extra sweat will lead to body odor. Despite that, it’s still completely healthy.
5. Dark and thick
Anxiety and stress can cause our bodies to produce more earwax. Heavy sweating can also lead to an increase in earwax, which can block the ear canal and cause temporary hearing impairment. If you notice that your ear wax is dark and thick, you should make sure you clean your ears regularly to avoid any problems. It’s also a good indication that you might want to find ways of reducing the stress in your life.
6. Dry, white and flaky
This is a perfectly normal and healthy type of earwax. People who produce this kind of wax most often have less body odor than people who produce dark ear wax.
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