The human body is a wonderland. Despite hundreds of years of research dedicated to studying what’s in our body, there are still some things that astound experts who discover them. Some of them might look so gross and weird, but they are all a part of the life of every human being.
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It might gross you out to know that there are actually tiny mites living in your eyelashes right now. How Stuff Works, an American commercial infotainment website, reported that these mites in your eyelashes will stay in your skin as it gets older and oilier. These are known as Demodex mites that are found in more than 80 percent of people over the age of 60 years old.
These creatures can only be seen through the microscope. They are usually located at the root of the eyelash and hair follicles, eating our sebum for sustenance. These mites are harmless but can cause allergic reactions to people who have sensitive skin.
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Earwax grosses out a lot of people. However, this icky substance found in your ears helps in protecting them from dust and debris and, in certain instances, even insects. Reports say that North Americans are spending more than $60 million on at-home, ear-cleaning products each year. There are also 12 million Americans who make an effort in having their earwax removed by a health professional each year.
Medically known as cerumen, earwax is an oily and waxy substance produced by the glands inside the ear canal that prevents foreign objects, such as dust and bugs, from getting into the inner ear. It also aids in the lubrication of the ear while also giving antibacterial benefits.
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Fatty Deposits (Lipoma)
The body keeps an energy reserve in its fat cells as a part of normal operating procedures. However, there are cases that the fat cells grow in places where they shouldn’t. The misplacement of these fat cells results in fatty deposits, which are also called lipomas that are harmless, although they look kind of gross.
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If people have a lot of mucus inside their nose, it means that they have a cold. But if it is found in the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, you don’t have to worry. How Stuff Works stated that the mucus in the stomach acts as a lubricant. This sticky fluid normally coats the inside of the nose, mouth, throat, and lungs and is responsible for keeping bacteria and other dangerous debris from invading the body.
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People fart. Be mature when someone accidentally farted loud because it is a normal thing to happen. It is our bodies’ way of breaking down the bacteria in the digestive system and converting it into gas. On average, a person produces gas anywhere between 14 and 23 times a day and it is said that a person can be farting or burping every hour.
The gas that farts and burps contain has carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and methane. There are also certain foods that will cause the body to burp or fart more, such as high-fiber and sugary foods.
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These are also called tonsilloliths and are actually a combination of bacteria, dead cells, and mucus. If a person suffers from chronic tonsillitis, there might be a chance that they also have tonsil stones. People who always have a dry mouth have a higher chance of acquiring tonsil stones, other people might not notice they have them while others might experience discomfort when the debris hardens.