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What does bright yellow earwax mean?

Interestingly, there are many things that the colour of your earwax can indicate whether it is simply related to your ancestry or genetics, or your health. Either way, it is useful to know what different earwax colours may indicate, and whether there is something which you can or should do about it. One colour your earwax may be is bright yellow. So, what exactly does this mean, and should you do anything about it?

First things first, a normal, healthy colour of earwax is off white to yellow, or yellow to orange. These are the best colours for your earwax to be, as it suggests that the earwax is fresh. There are also some other darker colours your earwax can be (such as orange to brown, dark brown and even black), and this just simply indicates that the earwax is older and has collected more dirt and dust.

Bright yellow to green earwax which is runny may indicate a pus discharge due to an ear infection. If you suddenly find earwax which is this colour, we recommend that you get in touch with a healthcare professional to check whether or not you have an infection. If you do have an infection, then they will be able to advise on treatment and following steps.

For the most part, the best thing you can do to keep your ears in good health is to allow them to self-clean, and make sure you allow the ears to do their job!

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