Can You Stomach This Video Of A Woman Getting Earwax Removed?
Our bodies are wonderful machines - but like most machines, functioning correctly means they create inevitable by-products. You might think pooing or coughing up phlegm is gross, but that's just your body working to keep you alive.
But while it's incredible that all those organs work harmoniously, it doesn't mean that they're necessarily pretty. Take earwax, for example - no one really wants to deal with it but it's there to protect your ear canal. Disgusting but useful.
Luckily for all of us, it's rarely as bad as this woman's.
The above video was posted onto YouTube by Earwax Specialist, which is kind of like Dr Pimple Popper but focused on the gooeyness that occurs in your ears rather than the lumps of horribleness that appear on your skin.
After a bit of prodding and poking, a small chunk gets dislodged and falls into a blue container. On face value, it's a bloody impressive lump of earwax. But then the physician goes in again and takes out a piece that's double the size of the last one - and that's when the video gets a bit too much.
God, you could almost make a candle out of that.
What I want to know is when it's extracted, does the woman in the video suddenly start hearing things more acutely? Is it like when you've got a massive booger up your nose and getting rid of it provides an incredible amount of relief?
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According to the YouTube channel, this was the result of 25 years of build-up, which is a hell of a long time not to clean your ears. Your body usually gets rid of earwax on its own every two weeks according to NHS Choices, by just falling out.
Some people naturally have more earwax in their canals that others, which is no big deal. At the end of the day earwax helps protect the skin of the canals, as well as fighting off bacteria, fungi, insects, and water.
It's made up of skin cells, hair and some of the juices your body excretes from the ceruminous and sebaceous glands.
If you don't want to chuck an instrument down your ear like the physician did in the video, you can put some oil down there twice a day and that should loosen everything up.
Now, if you thought that video was disgusting, spare a thought for people with chapped lips in the 1800s as it's believed the first lip balm was made from earwax. Just imagine smearing that big chunk from that video onto your lips.
No, I didn't think so.
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