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ear clogged when sleeping
keyrok posted:
Whenever I sleep on my right ear for any period of time, it closes up. After getting up and stretching the lobe a little or creating a little pressure with my palm, it re-opens. This has been an ongoing problem for over a month now. It's not painful at all and doesn't seem to happen at any other time. The left ear is fine. I haven't been sick at all lately so I don't think it's a sinus issue.
Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
A medical provider needs to examine your ear....your problem can be as simple as a wax impaction. Wax melts a bit with body heat and it can become maleable depending on your sleeping position -- this could explain why stretching your earlobe (also stretches your ear CANAL) may improve it. Of course there are other possibilities, so having a hands-on exam would really be the only way to find a definitive source for your symptoms.

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