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FHM Kadiri Files #5: All About Tutuli

What is that sticky and waxy substance inside your ear? Is it good? Is it bad? Why is it in there? We answer these and more in this Tutuli 101!
by Neps Firmalan | Aug 28, 2014
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The human body is littered with holes, and we need 'em all to survive. Can you imagine living without your holes? You'd look like Gumby:

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But, here's the thing: As noble as their purpose might be, these dark orifices excrete some really nasty stuff, the kind that would make even the manliest of men go, "EEEEWWW, ANG BABOY, BRO!" (all caps, because emphasis!). Our sweat pores produce pawis (that can lead to B.O.), the nose has its booger-producing tendencies, and the mouth is where smelly laway is found, among others. And we haven't even mentioned the you-know-whats that we use for number one and number two.

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Yep, these are dirty, dirty jobs. But, someoneor in this case, somethinghas to do it, right?

In this edition of FHM Kadiri Files, we focus on one such hole and, more specifically, the sometimes-gold-sometimes-brown-sometimes-golden-brown sticky product it produces. Read on to know more about your ear and its tutuli, bros!


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Earwax or tutuli is a waxy substance found inside the ear canal (the region between the visible outer ear and the middle ear, which contains the eardrum). If you want to be fancy, you can call it by it's medical term, cerumen.


The ear canal is lined with hair follicles and glands that produce a waxy oil that appears above the surface of the skin. It's constantly being manufactured beneath the skin and is regularly secreted which is why normal, healthy ears have a constant supply of it.


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The earwax we often see is composed of different kinds of things. However, the main ingredient is cerumen (a wax-like substance produced by sweat glands in the ear) and sebum (an oily substance produced by sebaceous or oil glands in the skin). The rest of the tutuli is a combination of sweat, dead skin cells, and dust.


Despite the firm outer structure of the ear, the organ itself is quite delicate and gets irritated easily. The earwax is there to help protect it from alien stuff (e.g. dust particles, bacteria) by trapping these rouge nasties before they go deeper into the ear and cause real havoc. Now you know why it's sticky.

Earwax also functions as a lubricant to prevent skin inside the ears from drying, which can lead to irritation.

NEXT: My earwax is different from yours

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