Why is my earwax red?

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asked Jan 13 in Other- Health by riverdell (1,040 points)
Why is my earwax red?

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answered Jan 13 by Boda8oda (820 points)
Earwax that is red means there's blood present in your ear.

The blood in your ear causing the red earwax could be caused by a scratch, injury or bug bite in the ear canal.

If your earwax is also wet and runny, it likely indicates a ruptured eardrum.

It's not bad to pick out some earwax but you should leave some earwax as it's an important thing for your ear to protect your ear.

Picking out some earwax is not bad as long as you don't pick too far into your ear canal as it can damage your ears and hearing.

However earwax is normal and should not be fully removed although it will reproduce naturally as a protective barrier to your ears.

It is good to leave earwax in your ear as the earwax is a protective wax.

However you may want to remove excess earwax but normal amounts of earwax are okay and it's not a result of poor hygiene as the earwax does have a purpose of protecting and moisturizing your ears.

Ear Wax is actually a protective wax for your ear and it's a very important wax to have in your ear as the earwax protects and moisturizes the skin of ear canal, preventing dry, itchy ears.

The earwax also contains special chemicals that fight off infections that could hurt the skin inside the ear canal and the earwax also acts as a shield between the outside world and the eardrum.

A ball of wax can come out of your ear due to too much earwax being produced.

Your body then self cleans the excess ear wax out which is why a ball of ear wax came out of your ear and it's normal.

Excess earwax normally treks slowly out of the ear canal, with an extra boost from chewing and other jaw movements, carrying with it dirt, dust and other small particles from the ear canal.

Then, dried-up clumps of the stuff fall out of the ear opening.

Earwax blockage, also called cerumen impaction, can occur when your body produces too much earwax or when existing wax is pushed too far into your ear canal.

In some cases, you may not be able to hear out of the affected ear. But this typically lasts only until you can have the excess wax removed.

A good way to dissolve ear wax fast is to use some hydrogen peroxide.

The hydrogen peroxide can dissolve the earwax fast.

You can remove earwax at home using 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.

Tilt your head to the side and drip 5 to 10 drops of hydrogen peroxide into your ear.

Keep your head tilted to the side for five minutes to allow the peroxide to penetrate the wax.

Do this once a day for 3 to 14 days.

Flushing of your ears does not hurt but some people may experience mild discomfort during the ear flushing but it's painful.

Some people find having water in their ear a little uncomfortable, there is never any pain.

It is just that the feeling is a little strange.

For this type of earwax removal, it is important that you use oil in drops or spray form for a couple of days before in preparation for the procedure.

When your ear irrigation is complete, your audiologist will help you clean up and dry your ear.

You might feel slight discomfort or sensitivity in your ears, which is completely normal.

Some people become vulnerable to ear infections after their ear irrigation since all of the protective earwax is also removed.

The white thing in your ear is known as cholesteatoma which are a collection of skin cells that are deep in the ear and which form a pearly white greasy looking lump deep in your ear right up in the top of the eardrum which is known as the tympanic membrane.

When peroxide bubbles in your ear or on your skin it does not mean infection.

The bubbling of the peroxide in your ear or on your skin simply means that it's working on killing the bacteria which is a good sign.

When you dab hydrogen peroxide on a cut, that white, fizzling foam is actually a sign that that the solution is killing bacteria as well as healthy cells.

The reason hydrogen peroxide bubbles in your ear is due to the addition of oxygen that is added when you use the hydrogen peroxide to clean your ears with.

The medical term for earwax is cerumen, and hydrogen peroxide is a cerumenolytic, which means that it can soften, break down, and dissolve earwax.

Ear drops can also contain a variety of forms of hydrogen peroxide.

A common type is carbamide hydroxide, which adds oxygen to the wax, causing it to bubble.

Rubbing alcohol is considered better for ears than hydrogen peroxide since the rubbing alcohol dries out the ears and does not leave the ears wet which can result in bacteria growth.

Although hydrogen peroxide is okay for use in ears as long as you dry your ears out after use of the hydrogen peroxide.

Q Tips are not bad for your ears as long as you use them correctly.

When used correct the Q Tips are safe for ear cleaning but you should never insert a Q Tip inside your ear canal.

Just Gently use the Q Tip outside your ear canal to clean any dirt and wax from your ear.

I use a Q Tip dipped in some hydrogen peroxide to clean the inside of my ears with but I never insert the Q Tip fully into my ear.

You can damage your ear and lose your hearing by putting the Q Tip inside your ear canal so never do that.

You can also use a washcloth to clean your ear with as well.

Earwax is normal but it's good to remove the excess buildup of earwax as it may lead to partial hearing loss that is temporary until you remove the earwax.

Earwax, also known by the medical term cerumen, is a brown, orange, red, yellowish or gray waxy substance secreted in the ear canal of humans and other mammals.

It protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and provides protection against bacteria, fungi, and water.

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