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I was diagnosed with labyrinthitis about six weeks ago. I am feeling mostly better and wondering if i can swim again? Also are all earplugs effective?

I was diagnosed with labyrinthitis about six weeks ago. I am feeling mostly better and wondering if i can swim again? Also are all earplugs effective?

Yes: Labyrynthitis is commonly viral in origin and usually resolves in 6 weeks. Ear plugs can prevent bacterial ear infections but not viral labyrynthitis. ...Read more

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Labyrinthitis (Definition)

Labyrinthitis is a condition caused by swelling and irritation of the inner ear. This often results in a loss of balance, a loss of hearing, and dizziness. Risk factors include behavioral factors such as smoking, recently having a viral infection, ...Read more


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I have daily nausea, dizzy spells, general weakness, anxiety, hypoglycaemia for 2 years following viral labyrinthitis. No doctor has helped. help!

I have daily nausea, dizzy spells, general weakness, anxiety, hypoglycaemia for 2 years following viral labyrinthitis. No doctor has helped. help!

Difficult.: If treated early with antiviral such as Acyclovir,famcyclovir, valacyclovir, these will shorten the viral shedding and may prevent auditory and vestibular damage. Steroids like Methylprednisolone decrease the inflammation and benzodiazepines can also help with anxiety and dizzy spells. Unfortunately, in spite of best efforts ,residual neurological symptoms persist. Symptomatic treatment continues. ...Read more

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I've had labyrinthitis for 2 months (I think) I've had symptoms of it but diagnosed with it finally a few weeks ago. How long does it last?

I've had labyrinthitis for 2 months (I think) I've had symptoms of it but diagnosed with it finally a few weeks ago. How long does it last?

Varies: Unfortunately, it may last for six months or more, but it usually resolves sooner than that. No cure that works for everyone. Try ginger tea for the nausea. Other substances that may help include Vinpocetine 40 mg/day from a health food store, and Piracetam 4.8 gm twice/day from an on-line overseas pharmacy. Don't drive until you are well. ...Read more

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How long does labyrinthitis usually last?

1-4 weeks: Anywhere from 1-4 weeks. Sometimes residual dysequilibrium for several months. Neurosensory hearing loss is almost always permanent. ...Read more

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What's the significance of having labyrinthitis?

What's the significance of having labyrinthitis?

Dizziness: Labyrinthitis is inflammation of the inner ear, which controls balance. It is often caused by a virus and is typically self-limiting. You'll be dizzy for a few days but it should get better soon. With any sudden onset of dizziness, you need to see your doctor right away to make sure it's not something more serious. ...Read more

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My wife has labyrinthitis. What can we do to help her symptoms? Please help me help her!

My wife has labyrinthitis. What can we do to help her symptoms? Please help me help her!

Depends: If due to a virus it is typically self limiting. Dizziness is tough to deal with. Medications given to supress vertigo like meclezine can produce drowsiness and other symptoms. Follow up exam with the doctor is usually advised if the cause is infectious. Sometimes one needs to see an ENT or neurologist with this condition depending on the cause and clinical course. ...Read more

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What is the cause of "labyrinthitis"?

Viral illness: "labyrinthitis" typically refers to an acute inner ear condition associated with vertigo and often secondary nausea and/or vomiting. The most severe symptoms last 1-3 days but dysequilibrium may persist for several additional weeks. It is thought to be associated with a viral illness. ...Read more

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Does labyrinthitis usually cause many symptoms?

Not many: Labyrinthitis is the name given to the inflammation of the labyrinth which is the balance portion of the hearing (acoustic)nerve. The main symptoms are vertigo (dizziness with a sense of rotation) nausea and vomiting secondary to that and balance problems. Hearing is not affected. ...Read more

Otitis Interna (Definition)

Otitis interna is an infection of the inner ear. It is also known as labyrinthitis. The inner ear controls balance, so patients usually have severe ...Read more