What is earwax supposed to smell like?

When it comes to the nature and care of your earwax, there are a number of questions you may have. At Ear Wax Care, we want to help clear the ear on your questions relating to earwax, and one of these may be about what earwax is supposed to smells like.

Earwax is of course a naturally produced substance by the ears and a vital part of maintaining your ears’ health and cleanliness. Earwax helps to lubricate and protect the skin of your ear canals, provides protection against bacteria and fungi, and prevents water from entering the ears. Normal earwax should really not smell of anything. If you find that your earwax smells, then this may well be an indication of a medical condition or some other complication.

It’s hard to know what kind of smell indicates what exactly, but if you find that your earwax is smelling particularly bad, then this could indicate an infection. There may be anaerobic bacteria present in your ears. These bacteria do not need oxygen to survive, and then will usually emit a bad-smelling odour which causes earwax to smell bad. Another reason for why your earwax smells bad is that you could have an infection which is causing middle ear damage.

If you find that your earwax is starting to smell bad, or smells very differently from normal, then we would recommend getting in touch with a doctor or a member of our team here at Ear Wax Care and we would be more than happy to help you find a solution.

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