What is earwax?

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Offline DoctorBeaver

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What is earwax?
« on: 05/02/2008 14:47:07 »
Following on from BenV's thread about earwax candles, what exactly is earwax? How does it form?
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What is earwax?
« Reply #1 on: 05/02/2008 16:34:31 »
i believe its just a mixture of dead skin cells and maybe a little bit of sweat that builds up in your ears because it has no where else to go.

could be wrong though.
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What is earwax?
« Reply #2 on: 05/02/2008 17:33:36 »
I think earwax serves a purpose and is secreted.

I'm sure I remember reading that it has an acrid taste and can be poisonous to insects so helps defend the ear.