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I am having problems with my ears. When I lie down they tend

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I am having problems with my ears. When I lie down they tend to clog but there doesn't seem to be any ear wax in my ears. There is no pain, just a feeling of pressure in my ear canal. I was wondering what could be causing this and what I could do to stop it from happening.

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This may be due to pressure in your inner ear rather then your ear canal.

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Since your GP doesn't seem to be able to figure it out I suggest you ask for a referral to an ENT specialist.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Dr. Rick,

I just wanted to add some symptoms and hope that maybe you can help me with something until I manage to get to an ENT doctor, or maybe so I can have something definitive to tell them.


When I try to clear my ear canal I can hear a series of popping sounds and my hearing improves for a second before clogging back up. Does that fit with pressure on my inner ear? Also, would taking antibiotics or a medicine which eliminates phlegm help at all?

Yes. That sounds like problems with your inner ear or Eustachian tube.

I would not just throw antibiotics at the issue right now as they only treat bacteria, and not every bacteria at that.

I'm not sure if an expectorant/anti phlegm medicine would help....
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