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How long does inner ear infection last? Been 4 weeks still dizzy heavy headed and off balance. Took antibiotics and steroids

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

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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How long can inner ear infections last?

How long can inner ear infections last?

A Long Time: The effects can last months. So if your symptoms of ear discomfort persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an inner ear infection to get better?

How long does it take for an inner ear infection to get better?

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

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How long does inner ear infection take to go away?

How long does inner ear infection take to go away?

OM: Symptoms of ear infection should resolve in 2 -3 days. Complete resolution of ear fluids may take up to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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For how long does it take for a inner ear infection?

For how long does it take for a inner ear infection?

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

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How long do inner ear infections laset?

How long do inner ear infections laset?

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

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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?

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?

Yrs: It will get better. It takes time for your inner ear to heal and for your body to adjust to any effect like this in the inner ear. If you continue to have dizziness, vestibular testing and rehabilitation can be helpful. ...Read more

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Can I exercise if I have an inner ear infection?

Can I exercise if I have an inner ear infection?

Yes: It may hurt a but with movement, but exercise is fine. You may want to take something like Ibuprofen 1 hour prior to working out. ...Read more

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What should I do to make an inner ear infection go a way quicker?

What should I do to make an inner ear infection go a way quicker?

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

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What can I do to cure an inner ear infection?

What can I do to cure an inner ear infection?

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

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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?

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

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Can I fly if symptoms of an inner ear infection?

Can I fly if symptoms of an inner ear infection?

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

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Is it unsafe to fly with an inner ear infection?

Not good idea: Sure you are talking about an inner ear infection? Anyway, not a good idea. See an ENT before considering doing so. ...Read more

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What does an inner ear infection feel like?

Dizzy: You can feel nauseated and dizzy because it affects the part of your inner ear that affects balance. ...Read more

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How could an inner ear infection heal itself?

How could an inner ear infection heal itself?

Ear infections: 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

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Can an inner ear infection be seen with otoscope?

No: The middle ear is visible across the tympanic membrane but the inner ear is burried deep within the temporal bone and cannot be visualized on physical exam. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an inner ear infection like?

What are the symptoms of an inner ear infection like?

Pain irritation: Pain, irritation, popping ear, decreased hearing, draining ears, fever, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, dizziness - more common ones. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an inner ear infection with no pain?

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

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Is it possible for body to cure itself of an inner ear infection?

Yes: England rarely uses antibiotics for this condition as they realized many patients recover on their own in 4-7 days. Blow nose frequently. Use warm olive oil ear drops for pain relief. If no improvement after a week or rapidly worsening symptoms see your MD ...Read more

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Which specifically is the medicine that you would take for an inner ear infection?

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

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Could an inner ear infection be seen with an otoscope?

Could an inner ear infection be seen with an otoscope?

Define "inner ear": I have seen some people describe the typical middle ear infection as being an inner ear (instead of canal) infection. The infections of the "inner ear" meaning the organ of corti where sound is processed cannot be seen by anyone with any instrument. ...Read more

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Can an inner ear infection cause dizzyness and sleeplessness?

Can an inner ear infection cause dizzyness and sleeplessness?

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

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Can an inner ear infection be seen with an otoscope?

No: You cannot see the inner ear with an otoscope. To visualize the inner ear, which is encased in bone, you need an mri. ...Read more

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Could your neck hurt when you have an inner ear infection?

Could your neck hurt when you have an inner ear infection?

Yes: Most likely because the ear hurts you are holding your neck in a funny position to decrease pain or maximize hearing. Massage can help as can craniosacral therapy, chinese medicine....And Motrin etc. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have a middle ear infection after an inner ear infection?

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

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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.

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

Inner Ear (Definition)

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


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Infection (Definition)

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