Different Ear Wax Colours and Its Revelation about Your Health

Earwax is a normal, naturally occurring material that helps your ear stay healthy. It stops debris, dirt, and other things from entering the ear canal, and also avoids infection. The old earwax along with dead skin comes out to the ear opening and ultimately falls out. Earwax may differ in colour such as yellow, white, brown, and even black and its texture can be soft, hard, or flaky. The colour and texture of the earwax can actually indicate about in general health condition and ethnicity.

Generally, when earwax builds up, it naturally comes out of the ear. Sometimes, our bodies produce extra earwax, particularly when we’re stressed or scared. This excess earwax doesn’t get forced out of the ear and can cause a blockage.

It is said that dry earwax is common between people of East Asian descent.

And wet earwax is common in people of most other ethnicities. There are different types of earwax and other ear discharge, so it’s normal if you see a range of colours and textures over time.

Colours of earwax and their reasons:

Yellow and soft: It is the most common type of earwax showing your ear health is in good condition.

Darker and firm/tar like: Usually, there is no need to worry about it as it, as it indicates older wax.

Flaky and Pale: Indicates older earwax that has moved to the outside of the ear. 

Blood –tinged Earwax: it may indicate ear injury, scratch in the ear canal or any side effect of earwax removal. 

Runny and Cloudy: Runny and cloudy earwax may indicate an infection in your ear.

Black Earwax: It may indicate earwax buildup, any foreign body in the ear and compacted wax. 

It is suggested that if you notice any unusual ear discharge, consult your doctor.


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