What is the cheesy substance that builds up in the holes of pierced ears or ears with gauges? Is it analogous to earwax? My earlobes have been pierced for nearly 20 years and I'm still dealing with this weird crud, so I'm guessing it's some kind of natural by-product.
Haha, I know what you’re talking about - it’s not earwax (the glands that secrete cerumen are modified sweat glands present only in the inner ear canal), but a buildup of sweat and shed skin around the hole. You’ll probably see it much more often when you have earrings in, because the earring wires or posts make it much easier for that dead skin to build up. It’s kind of like when you have ick build up in your bellybutton when you don’t clean it out regularly - it’s just sweat and dead skin and dead bacteria.
An infected ear will actively ooze, probably hurt, and definitely be abnormal. But just having icky buildup crud is not weird - just make sure to take studs out often enough to clean the hole and posts, and make sure that cartilage piercings are thoroughly cleaned, even when they cant be taken out.
Also, don’t get a sword piercing. Those things get hella infected.