Dark Colored Ear Wax: Causes, Home Remedies and Natural Treatment

The ear wax is a sticky liquid substance produced naturally in the ear. It is composed of dead skin cells, sweat, hair, and rubble of dirt naturally formed together with a fluid secreted by glands inside the ear canal. Others have misconceptions that the ear wax need to be removed totally from the ear, but it’s not. It is only the excess ear wax that should be removed. Ear wax helps protect the ear canal by trapping foreign substances from entering into the inner ear. The ear canal is self-cleaning and naturally drains the earwax from the ear to the outer part.  Normally, earwax varies its color from light to dark brown and orange.

Dark colored ear wax may indicate infection in the ear.

Causes of Dark Colored Ear Wax

Dark colored ear wax is the excess stuckup, impacted ear wax in the ear.

  • Poor hygiene maybe one of the causes of dark colored ear wax. Cleaning the outer ear should be done every other day on a soft and circular manner.
  • Dark colored ear wax may also be attributed to the use of cotton swabs or any sharp pointed objects in removing the earwax. Instead of pulling out the earwax, it pushes the earwax deeply that causes it to remain impacted in the ear.

Home Remedies for Dark Colored Earwax

Wrong attempts in cleaning the excess earwax can cause severe damage in the ear. Using cotton swabs, a finger, or any sharp pointed object can only push the earwax deeply, and when impacted can be the cause of dark colored earwax,  or worse, may cause severe ear problems like loss of hearing and other problems such as ringing in the ear, vertigo, or a feeling of fullness in the ear. Here are the two most recommended home remedies for dark colored ear wax:

  • As earwax is produced in the outer part of the ear, it is advised to clean the ear by gently washing the outer ear every day.
  • A drop of two or more lukewarm oil can be use to loosen the compacted earwax and can be removed easily from the ear.
  • Difficulty in removing excessive earwax requires seeking the help of professionals.
  • If you notice any change it is best to consult an EENT (eyes, ears, nose, and throat) specialist.