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Why is Ear Wax Orange,,,
wheelrite Offline
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Anyone?


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jpotts Offline
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Would you prefer it to be green?
wheelrite Offline
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No,

but Lavendar might be nice...


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jpotts Offline
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It might have to do with the fact that it is composed of dead skin cells, and saline-like secreations (which are often yellowish).
wheelrite Offline
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Is there a wax maker in my ear ?

It smells funny and it's hard to get out the stain on the sofa...

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jpotts Offline
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I believe there are glands that secrete the stuff.
wheelrite Offline
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neat,,

I wonder if there is a market for recycling ear wax ?

it may have practical applications,,


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jpotts Offline
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Wall spackle?
wheelrite Offline
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Personal Lube ?

ha,,
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jpotts Offline
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I'd think that a large quantity of the stuff would be more like really thick peanut butter.

Using that for personal lube might take your skin off.
wheelrite Offline
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^ Hey it might be a great car polish...


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pacman357 Offline
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Cerumen or earwax is healthy in normal amounts and serves as a self-cleaning agent with protective, lubricating, and antibacterial properties. The absence of earwax may result in dry, itchy ears. Most of the time the ear canals are self-cleaning; that is, there is a slow and orderly migration of earwax and skin cells from the eardrum to the ear opening. Old earwax is constantly being transported, assisted by chewing and jaw motion, from the ear canal to the ear opening where it usually dries, flakes, and falls out.

Earwax is not formed in the deep part of the ear canal near the eardrum, but in the outer one-third of the ear canal. So when a patient has wax blockage against the eardrum, it is often because he has been probing the ear with such things as cotton-tipped applicators, bobby pins, or twisted napkin corners. These objects only push the wax in deeper.

Cerumen is produced in the outer third of the cartilaginous portion of the human ear canal. It is a mixture of viscous secretions from sebaceous glands and less-viscous ones from modified apocrine sweat glands. The primary components of earwax are shed layers of skin, with 60% of the ear wax consisting of keratin, 12–20% saturated and unsaturated long-chain fatty acids, alcohols, squalene and 6–9% cholesterol.

Fear, stress and anxiety result in increased production of ear wax from the ceruminous glands.

There are two distinct genetically determined types of earwax: the wet type, which is dominant, and the dry type, which is recessive. East Asians and Native Americans are more likely to have the dry type of cerumen (grey and flaky), whereas Caucasians and Africans are more likely to have the wet type (honey-brown to dark-brown and moist). Cerumen type has been used by anthropologists to track human migratory patterns, such as those of the Inuit. The consistency of wet type earwax is due to the higher concentration of lipid and pigment granules (50% lipid) in the substance than the dry type (30% lipid).

The difference in cerumen type has been tracked to a single base change (a single nucleotide polymorphism) in a gene known as "ATP-binding cassette C11 gene." In addition to affecting cerumen type, this mutation also reduces sweat production. The researchers conjecture that the reduction in sweat was beneficial to the ancestors of East Asians and Native Americans who are thought to have lived in cold climates.


There. I hope that answers your question.
Russiancrusher Offline
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^ what he said. And may I add it's delicious AND nutritious.
ARN Offline
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^Put a couple of Q-tips in your pocket and it's like a travel sized popcicle to go....
daveincincy Offline
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From Pacs cut/paste:
"Fear, stress and anxiety result in increased production of ear wax from the ceruminous glands."

Interesting. I was just going to ask if anyone has had this happen where you're just sitting there and feel like something fell in your ear, only to find out it's a big ball of wax that fell from the ear canal...ewwww. Happens to me somewhat frequent. I guess I must have quite a bit of fear, stress, and anxiety.
JadeRose Offline
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Why is Ear Wax Orange

Duh...it's orange flavored. Taste it..you'll see.
wheelrite Offline
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^ Eureka !

Tang is freeze dried Ear Wax...


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jackconrad Offline
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Crying
frankj1 Offline
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Wheel wuz like a genius, but don't quote me.
Palama Offline
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frankj1 wrote:
Wheel wuz like a genius, but don't quote me.


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