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Author:  AmandaMelanie [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:15 pm ]
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dakini wrote:
Well, it starts out wet, but then it dries.
I'm naughty, I q-tip those suckers.

Yeah, I q-tip right after I get out of the shower, so there's water mixing in with it I assume.
And yes, I q-tip the hell out of my ear canals.

Author:  coldandsleepy [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:22 pm ]
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The wikipedia article has definitely just confused me more as to the composition of my earwax. My wax is definitely NOT grey... even the flaky parts are an amber color. So maybe I've got wet wax that just dries out for some reason?

Author:  helsinki [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:31 pm ]
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Something to add to the "simple things that blow your mind" thread: earwax. Particularly the dry and flakey variety. I never even knew that existed!

Author:  paprikapapaya [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:40 pm ]
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I love this topic. I love earwax. I am weird.

Author:  fupapack [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:41 pm ]
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i think tortilla rita had a post about this. turmeric made her ears yellow too.

Author:  clippityclopboom [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:43 pm ]
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Wet. I q-tip a few times a week. I can't help it..

Author:  mel c [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:43 pm ]
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coldandsleepy wrote:
My wax is definitely NOT grey... even the flaky parts are an amber color.


It's not grey-grey, more of a pale yellow, like in the picture.

Author:  raspberrycomplaint [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:08 pm ]
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Both! Sometimes my ears have yellowish dry crumbly wax and other times moist reddish-brown. The worse my allergies are, the wetter and darker the earwax (and the greater the amount, so I am also a bad q-tip user).

Author:  vegetalion [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:09 pm ]
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I had no idea that everyone's earwax wasn't the same. Mine's "wet" by the wikipedia standards, and orangish.

Author:  Meggs [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:33 pm ]
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Wiki wrote:
"Wet-type earwax fluoresces weakly under ultraviolet light."


Who is going to try this?

Author:  baps [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:48 pm ]
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interrobang?! wrote:
coldandsleepy wrote:
I actually have combination earwax. Part wet and sticky, part dry and flaky.


Yeah, me too. Sometimes I get flaky crepe all around the place, other times it's... gloopy. I have to get my ears irrigated by a nurse every so often as it compacts and then I can't hear properly. It's kinda fun to get done! Though I haven't had it done since I've gotten tragus and anti-tragus piercings and now I'm a bit scared to go incase she makes me take them out.

I had a tragus piercing when I got my ears syringed and it was fine. A big old lump came out, it was freaking vile, but fascinating at the same time.

Author:  bigpinkjellybean [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:18 pm ]
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interrobang?! wrote:
bigpinkjellybean wrote:
I have also discovered I have wet... I like to think it's pretty dry though. It doens't exactly run out of my ears.


Woah. Confusion! Do we have an imposter IJDI in the house?!


no, i'm new and struggling to find a small enough picture. i knew i'd seen this one on here somewhere. should i change it to aviod confusion?

Author:  Hapax Legomenon [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:21 pm ]
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All you people sticking q-tips in your ears scare me. Squirting hydrogen peroxide in your ear canal with a bulb syringe is the way to go--no risk of puncturing it.

Author:  IsaChandra [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:21 pm ]
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I'm gonna barf.

Author:  raspberrycomplaint [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:49 pm ]
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Meggs wrote:
Wiki wrote:
"Wet-type earwax fluoresces weakly under ultraviolet light."


Who is going to try this?

I do have Q-tips and a UV light at my work...

Author:  mel c [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:03 pm ]
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The idea of wet, orange earwax freaks me out.

Author:  aelle [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:09 pm ]
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Mine is wet and sticky. Wally's is dry and flaky

Author:  Meggs [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:32 pm ]
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raspberrycomplaint wrote:
Meggs wrote:
Wiki wrote:
"Wet-type earwax fluoresces weakly under ultraviolet light."


Who is going to try this?

I do have Q-tips and a UV light at my work...


Pretty please, do it for me?

Author:  rocklobster [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:35 pm ]
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i believe mine is dry, though not gray. i use q tips all the time too, cant get enough of that feeling!

Author:  allychristine [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:44 pm ]
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I'm confused by the wet/dry, but I want to PSA against q-tips! I used them all my life (loved them) until 1-2 years ago. I never thought I had any wax buildup (and even had it checked), but I guess it built up over some time. My ear ended up getting stopped up for several weeks (like hard to hear stopped up), and I tried EVERYTHING. I finally ended up clearing it with H2O2 and alcohol, but it was not fun. You really do get used to not q-tipping.

..carry on

Author:  raspberrycomplaint [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:49 pm ]
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Meggs wrote:
raspberrycomplaint wrote:
I do have Q-tips and a UV light at my work...


Pretty please, do it for me?

I will totally do this. I'll have to wait until I am the only person at work though. My coworkers already think I'm weird enough as it is. Maybe Wednesday.

Author:  alice1drland [ Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:53 pm ]
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wet, no shame here

Author:  bofiek [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:53 am ]
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I have wet earwax. My boyfriend tried to get me to stop using q-tips, because he claimed that the earwax just falls out when you sleep. Well, after trying it for a couple of months, and just ending up being unable to hear, I realized that his method only works for him because he has dry earwax.

Author:  AmandaMelanie [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:44 am ]
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IsaChandra wrote:
I'm gonna barf.

THIS makes you wanna barf? C'mon... this is mild.

Author:  Meggs [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:51 am ]
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raspberrycomplaint wrote:
Meggs wrote:
raspberrycomplaint wrote:
I do have Q-tips and a UV light at my work...


Pretty please, do it for me?

I will totally do this. I'll have to wait until I am the only person at work though. My coworkers already think I'm weird enough as it is. Maybe Wednesday.

I can't wait. Make it glow!

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