Hello zzuluz, and thanks for the interesting question!
WHAT CAUSES HEALTHY EAR WAX
?Ear wax is a sticky liquid secreted by cerumen glands. It isn't
really wax in the 'candle wax' sense (paraffin). Skin contains many
tiny glands whose sole purpose is to secrete a variety of substances.
Sebaceous glands, for example, secrete sebum, which gives skin its
greasy quality...Cerumen glands are found only in the skin of the ear
canals.? (Ear Wax FAQ: http://www.doctorhoffman.com/wax.htm ) Ear wax
also has ?other components such as dead skin, sweat, and oil. The
primary component of ear wax is keratin (derived from dead skin).?
(Ear Wax Defined: http://www.tchain.com/otoneurology/disorders/hearing/wax2.html
HOW MUCH IS HEALTHY?
The amount of ear wax that's normal varies considerably from person to
person. ?There are two types described, wet and dry, which are
inherited. Dry wax is common in Asia, while wet wax is common in
western Europe. Dry wax, also known as ?rice-bran wax,? contains by
weight about 20% lipid (fat). Oddly enough, rice-bran wax is
associated with a lower incidence of breast cancer. Wet wax consists
of approximately 50% lipid...Wet wax can be either soft or hard, the
hard wax being more likely to be impacted...Too little ear wax
increases the risk of infection...Too much wax also increases the
incidence of infection and hearing loss. So, you want just enough.?
(Ear Wax Defined)
PROBLEMS WITH EAR WAX
?While some folks have problems with ear wax throughout their lives,
many people develop ?problem wax? suddenly, without any obvious
explanation. Similarly, a person may have wax problems with one ear
and not the other. Ear surgery can occasionally result in the new
onset of ear wax problems. Usually, there is no answer to the
question, ?why is this happening now??? (Ear Wax FAQ)
?Ear wax may accumulate in the ear canal for a variety of reasons,
including narrowing of the ear canal resulting from infections or
diseases of the skin, bones, or connective tissue; production of a
less fluid form of cerumen (more common in older persons due to aging
of the glands that produce ear wax); or overproduction of cerumen in
response to trauma or blockage within the ear canal.? (Ear Wax:
So, it appears that sickness or illness does not cause increased ear
wax, but that increased ear wax is a result of infection.
I hope this fully answers your question.
Excess ear wax