Your earwax type determines how stinky your armpits are, according to NHS doctor

An NHS doctor has explained a simple way to check if you have the "smelly armpit gene" by looking at your earwax.

Bowel surgeon Dr Karan Rajan, who previously revealed you can breathe out farts and that a sore throat is sometimes a symptom of chlamydia, says 98% of people on the planet have sweat that stinks – but the remaining 2% don't whiff at all.

In a video he shared on his Instagram page, he says: "You probably have the smelly armpit gene, here is why.

"If you have a gene mutation in the ABCC11 gene, your body won't produce a certain type of protein found in armpit sweat that bacteria feed on that cause underarm odour.

"Less than 2% of people have this gene mutation, but almost all Koreans are protected against stinky armpits and have this gene mutation."

He then explains you can find out if you have this genetic variant by whether your earwax is wet and sticky, or dry and crumbly.

"If you have wet earwax, you have the stinky armpit gene," he says.

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Since the video was uploaded on Tuesday (October 26) it has been "liked" more than 8,000 times and hundreds of people have commented.

Many people admitted they were surprised you could have different textures of earwax and a few were grossed-out by the thought.

One user said: "I thought ear wax was supposed to be dry so I guess I'm the lucky one."

A second viewer shared: "Dry earwax, flakes away, I just assumed I must smell like others after working out (but just couldn’t smell it myself because it was on me) so used antiperspirants and deodorants.

"You mean I never had to? All these years?"

Someone else commented: "Let's gooo! 2% and I don't stink."

"PEOPLE HAVE WET EARWAX???? EW," wrote another user.

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