What is labyrinthitis?
A person with labyrinthitis has inflammation of the inner ear, which is called the labyrinth. This structure senses changes in body position, and this information is sent to the brain. The labyrinth helps the body maintain balance and equilibrium. When the labyrinth becomes inflamed, it sends the wrong signals to the brain. These abnormal signals cause confusion with other messages that the brain receives about balance and equilibrium. In most cases, the cause of the inflammation is unknown, but causes include ear injuries, head injuries, or viral infections.
What are the symptoms of labyrinthitis?
The most common symptom of labyrinthitis is vertigo, which is a sensation that your surroundings are moving, or the sensation that you are spinning while you are still. The vertigo is worse with movement of the head. Additional symptoms of labyrinthitis include blurry vision, difficulty with balance, ear pain, hearing loss, nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears and a sensation of pressure in an ear.
How does the doctor treat labyrinthitis?
The treatment for labyrinthitis depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for labyrinthitis may include rest, a walker, antibiotics, and medications for dizziness and nausea. Additional treatment may include antiviral medications.
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