Given that they’re hidden away, it can be easy to forget about our ears – after all, keeping on top of day-to-day hygiene can feel exhausting enough as it is, especially for us ladies.
However, we shouldn’t forget about them. As well as making our hearing better, keeping on top of ear hygiene has a positive effect on our overall health.
Ear wax protects and moisturizes the skin of the ear canal, which prevents dry, itchy ears. It also contains special chemicals that fight off infections that could damage the skin inside the ear.
What’s more, most people don’t know that ear wax has a protective function that can indicate the state of our health.
There are different types of colors your ear wax can be, and with the help of a q-tip, you can determine that the color means, so let’s explore them.
Warning: some of these images are pretty gross – you have been warned!
1. Grey ear wax could be a sign of city living
Nope, that’s not a q-tip that’s been used to clean a dirty old computer keyboard – that’s actually someone’s earwax on that thing! It’s pretty unnerving to look at, but if this happens to you, don’t panic too much.
If your earwax is of grey color, and you are experiencing no other symptoms to go along with it, then there is probably nothing to worry about. The chances are it is just dust, and those who live in the city will experience this because of the pollution in the air.
People who have lived in London, UK, for any length of time will tell you about the phenomenon of ‘black snot’ – as the name would suggest, this is the blackening of mucus which is caused by floating durst particles in the air, particularly in tube stations, which are a key part of daily life for most Londoners.
Grey earwax is a similar thing, in that it probably just means that dirt has accumulated in your ears throughout the course of the day. However, if you live out in the middle of the countryside, you probably shouldn’t be getting this condition. See your doctor if you’re at all concerned.
One of the sights that we definitely don’t want to see when going through the process of cleaning out our ears is blood on the q-tip. In fact, if you think about it, it’s probably one of the most unnerving places on our body to see blood come out of. I don’t think I need to mention the others, mind you…
If you notice that the earwax you have just removed from your ears contains traces or clumps of blood, it can indicate that the eardrum is perforated. In this case, your ears are susceptible to infections and your hearing can be greatly affected because of it.
So basically, if you do see blood when cleaning out your earholes then get yourself down to the doctor’s office ASAP. It’s probably nothing too serious, but it’s always best to be on the safe side.