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How Long Does An Inner Ear Infection Last
How long does inner ear infection last? Been 4 weeks still dizzy heavy headed and off balance. Took antibiotics and steroids
CAN BE LONGER: Unfortunately, even when the infection has been treated, the aftermath symptoms can hang around for months. I know this isn't the answer you wanted to hear, but it's reality. Sounds like your doctor has tried reduction of inflammation with steroids. You may want to ask them about possibly a longer term course of NSAIDS. Also, there actually is now physical therapy f or inner ear problems! ...Read more
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
Not long.: If the ear infection is treated with an antibiotic, which is usually but not always the case, it should improve in 1-3 days. If it hasn't, call your doctor, since it may be necessary to look again. And determine if the antibiotic should be changed. There are circumstances in which a doctor may choose watchful waiting rather than an antibiotic, then the ear should be rechecked within several days. ...Read more
About 1-2 days: If the question is how long does it take for an ear infection to improve on medication, it takes about 24-48 hrs. After the start of antibiotics it may take 24-48 hrs to improve. Some ear infections will improve on their own but it may take longer. ...Read more
Depends: A true inner ear infection is rare and causes severe nerve hearing loss which may be permanent and intense vertigo lasting days to several weeks with some degree of permanent imbalance. Most likely you have a middle ear infection with fluid behind the drum. May take up, to three months for fluid to resolve. ...Read more
Viral earache: A viral earache is not contagiousGet a more detailed answer ›
Diagnosed by ENT with bacterial inner ear infection have dizziness for eight days now, some days worse than others. Will it ever go away and how long?
Otitis media?: Do you mean an infection behind the eardrum, often called otitis media? A true "inner ear" infection is rare and serious. It involves the labyrinth/cochlea which is the sensory organ that transduces sound into electrical signals transmitted to your brain. Otitis media will often resolve quickly with antibiotics. ...Read more
Inner ear infections: Anatomically ear is divided into external ear, middle ear (consisting of ossicles), inner ear (consisting of cochlea, vestibular apparatus) when you are asking about inner ear I am assuming you are asking about the middle ear (infections may be bacterial or fungal most often). These infections can be cured with antibiotics, or antifungals- rarely surgery. ...Read more
Soon?!?: As soon as possible?!?Get a more detailed answer ›
I have an inner ear infection and it hurts to lay down. What can I do for pain so I can sleep and lay back?
Types Ear infection: 3 types of ear infections: outer, middle &inner. Inner ear infection involves the balance system and people get very dizzy. Outer ear infection involves the outer ear and ear canal. It can be very painful. There is usually swelling and drainage of the ear. Middle ear involves the ear drum and middle ear space. There is pain, muffled hearing etc. For pain: advil, (ibuprofen) or tylenol+warm compress. ...Read more
Painful: You "can" but it might be very painful with the pressure changes your ears will go thru. Normally when pressure changes, your ear adjusts to it, but if you have an ear infection this system of "adjustment" is not working. Try to postpone. If you can't, at least use specialized ear plugs for air travel (not sure how effective they will be). Good luck. ...Read more
Depends what you mean by 'inner' ear infection. A middle ear infection usually drains down the Eustachian tube into the back of throat or drains through a ruptured ear drum due to pressure, and hole in drum then usually heals.
A real 'inner' ear infection is called 'labrynthitis' or 'vestibular neuritis' and is usually inflammatory or post-viral rather than infectious, so resolves usually. ...Read more
Clarify: Inner ear infections are rare and would involve the hearing and balance part of the ear with resultant deafness and severe vertigo. Rarely middle ear infection which is usually painful can spread to inner ear. Otitis media may not have pain and only manifest with fluid behind drum. This fluid usually clears but if there is still hearing loss after 1-2 months then see ENT especially if only 1 ear. ...Read more
Inner?: Most ear infections are not inner ear but middle and external. Symptoms are from laberynthitis like vertigo, nausea, loss of balance, headache, tinnitus etc. Most common is a viral infection. Treatment can be antivert, phenergan, (promethazine) ativan, steroids, antiviral etc. You need to see a physician soon during the acute phase. ...Read more
Sure: An inner ear infection can also cause inflammation of the semi-circular canals (the parts of the inner ear that sense your position in space). Once these get irritated, you can get dizzy. This can also affect how well you sleep. Rest, move slowly and return to see your physician if things are not improving in the next 2-3 days. Feel better! ...Read more
Clarify: Inner ear infections are rare and would involve the hearing and balance part of the ear with resultant deafness and severe vertigo. Rarely middle ear infection can spread to inner ear. Most likely you had a middle ear infection which when treated has residual fluid behind the ear drum. This fluid usually clears but if there is still hearing loss after 3-4 months then see ent. ...Read more
Could I have an inner ear infection if I get pain in my lower jaw when biting down? The pain occurs between the ear and jaw.
Jaw pain: 30 year old male with pain in his jaw/ear. It is probably a referred pain and may be because of a tooth abscess or temperomandibular joint dysfunction. It is many times associated with the cervical spine (neck). Can also be an indication of grinding of teeth at night. You may consider going to a dentist or chiropractor. ...Read more
The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and ...Read more
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
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