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How To Prevent 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
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
Time: Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of your balance centers. It is usually self limited and improves with time. We treat the symptoms so the patients find relief until the inflammation goes away which is usually several days. If the vertigo does not go away it needs to be reevaluated as there might be another scenario. Any hearing loss needs to be evaluated immediately! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
VARIABLE: Perhaps the worst period of time is the first 2 or 3 days, and gradually will subside over 7-14 days. If treated with anti-virals and symptomatic agents, such as those for nausea, vomiting, and dizziness, should feel quite a bit better as healing ensues. An otolaryngologist is a good source for support for this problem. ...Read more
Usually yes: Labyrinthitis is usually an acute disorder that resolves nicely. During the acute phase flying and driving may be unwise. Once the symptoms resolve, flying and driving should be fine. If symptoms do not resolve, further workup should be done. Flying and driving should be limited. ...Read more
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