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Could an ear infection cause dizziness?

Could an ear infection cause dizziness?

Certainly can: An ear infection certainly can cause dizziness, though it is not the only possible cause. Dizziness, or vertigo, can occur from various conditions, so details about when it happens (at rest, right after getting up from sitting, with activity, etc.) can help make the diagnosis. I would definitely see a physician if you are having a vertigo or think you have an ear infection. Good luck to you! ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Will an inner ear infection cause dizziness sleeplessness some confusion plus overloaded at work stress and feeling anxiety. What should I do ?

Will an inner ear infection cause dizziness sleeplessness some confusion plus overloaded at work stress and feeling anxiety. What should I do

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2 problems: It sounds like you could have at least 2 separate problems, one of which magnifies the other. Inner ear infections can cause dizziness, & anxiety can produce dizziness too. Work stress and feeling overloaded may increase anxiety as well. Your family doctor can surely treat your ear infection, but a psychiatrist and/or psychologist can provide more focused evaluation & treatment of anxiety. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with an ear infection, why does this cause dizziness?

I was just diagnosed with an ear infection, why does this cause dizziness?

Dizziness: Inner ear infections can cause vertigo (these are usually viral and resolve over a couple of days). Middle ear infections (fluid behind the ear drum) can also cause this - these are usually bacterial. If you are diagnosed with a middle ear infection and have dizziness i would suggest you let your md know or by eval by an ENT (urgently if you have hearing loss! as well). ...Read more

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Is it safe to drive if you have this dizziness that caused by ear infection?

Is it safe to drive if you have this dizziness that caused by ear infection?

No, do NOT drive: Your thinking processes and reaction times will be much slower and "clouded". No driving or operating machinery where a lapse in judgement could prove disastrous. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drive while having this dizziness that's caused by an ear infection?

Is it safe to drive while having this dizziness that's caused by an ear infection?

Probably not: It is best not to drive when your balance or vision is compromised. People can have a hard time focusing on driving while acutely dizzy. ...Read more

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I have a constant reoccuring ear infection that causes frequent ringing. Leading to dizziness and motion sickness. What home remedies are there?

I have a constant reoccuring ear infection that causes frequent ringing. Leading to dizziness and motion sickness. What home remedies are there?

Not an infection: You are describing meniere's syndrome not an ear infection. Meniere's syndrome is classically defined as intermittent tinnitus, vertigo and hearing loss. In the absence of significant pain which does not let up it is most not likely an infection. I'd recommend seeing an ENT when you are symptomatic for a good ear exam and hearing test. ...Read more

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Can inner ear infection cause dizzy, muscle tension brain fog and then anxiety. I believe i was misdiagnosed with anxiety disorder given wrong meds?

Can inner ear infection cause dizzy, muscle tension brain fog and then anxiety. I believe i was misdiagnosed with anxiety disorder given wrong meds?

Ear infection: Middle ear infections can cause pain and dizziness, and maybe a feeling of "brain fog" when acute. As you recover, these symptoms should subside. Muscle tension and anxiety are not usually features of ear infections, and could be features of generalized anxiety disorder or possibly others. "brain fog" is a very encompassing term, and needs further exploration. ...Read more

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Can inner ear infection only cause short dizzy spells without nausea?

Can inner ear infection only cause short dizzy spells without nausea?

Not necessarily: If by inner ear infection you mean otitis media then ear pain is the main symptom but occasionally there may be dizziness but it would unusual to have nausea ...Read more

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What are the only ear infections that cause dizziness labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis?

Middle and Inner: By definition, anything behind the tympanic membrane can end up affecting balance, dizziness/ vertigo. Outer ear infection usually does not affect balance, but is very painful, and severe pain can cause dizziness. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are the only ear infections that cause dizziness labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis?

Can you tell me are the only ear infections that cause dizziness labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis?

No there are others: Trauma, cholestetoma, fistulas, ear wax impaction and other conditions can cause or resemble vestibulitis (benign postional vertigo, vertiginous migraine, posterior circulation tia, focal seizure, menier's disease to name a few). ...Read more

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What could cause dizziness, lack of sleep, some confusion, very anxious, migrains. Had inner ear infection loss of hearing yrs ago. Feeling frustrated?

What could cause dizziness, lack of sleep, some confusion, very anxious, migrains. Had inner ear infection loss of hearing yrs ago. Feeling frustrated?

Multiple Symptoms: It is important to see your doctor to assess your medical conditions, then consult a mental health professional who can help you with your anxiety and how to reduce your overall tension levels. Try to use the anti anxiety app for daily supportive help. My best. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a ear infection and feeling quite dizzy. Is there anything i can do not to feel dizzy ?

What to do if I have a ear infection and feeling quite dizzy. Is there anything i can do not to feel dizzy ?

Treat ear infection.: When ear has an infection your balance and dizziness are affected. This can lead to nausea and vomiting. Go to doctor get it treated. Dizziness medication can mask the symptoms of dizziness, but will not solve the problem. Infection clears, dizziness is expected to clear too. Meclizine (OTC for dizziness). ...Read more

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Dizziness when bending over and it feels like it's rotating to one side. Does this mean I have an ear infection in that ear? Worried. Hate dizziness.

Need more info: When you say dizziness, do you mean lightheadedness (fainting) or spinning? Do you have nausea? Also, do you have ear pain, ringing in the ear or hearing loss? See your clinician to sort it out because the treatments are very different depending on the cause. Most dizziness, by the way, is not due to a febrile ear infection requiring antibiotics. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can ear infection leave damage in future? Like headed dizziness.

Can ear infection leave damage in future? Like headed dizziness.

Maybe: There are three types of ear infections: outer ear - "swimmer's ear" - usually painful - not associated with dizziness; middle ear infection - typical infection that children get - usually painful - unlikely to cause any residual dizziness; inner ear infection - usually viral and not painful - may leave residual dizziness. ...Read more

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What to do if I have experienced dizziness and nausea for the past 2 days, is it ear infection?

What to do if I have experienced dizziness and nausea for the past 2 days, is it ear infection?

Not necessarily: Many causes for dizziness and nausea. Not all are ear infections. Position changes, pregnancy, and roller coasters can produce these symptoms, for example. A history and physical exam by a doctor can help out with why you are having this. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more