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Dr. Suresh Mukherji
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Labyrinthitis (Definition)

A condition caused by swelling and irritation of the inner ear. This often results in a loss of balance, a loss ...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.

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What are the symptoms of labyrinthitis?

Hearing and dizzy: People with labyrinthitis will have severe vertigo that lasts several day then slowly improves over weeks, associated with severe hearing loss in one ear.

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What is the symptoms of labyrinthitis?

What is the symptoms of labyrinthitis?

Labyrinthitis: True labyrinthitis is hearing loss and vertigo. The vertigo is usually constant, even at rest, but is worsened by movement. If you have the vertigo component without the hearing loss, it's called vestibular neuronitis.

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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.

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Is labyrinthitis curable?

Treatable!!: This usually is a self remitting temporary problem, at least in the commonest viral form it can be symptomatically treated.

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Is there a cure for labyrinthitis?

Is there a cure for labyrinthitis?

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!

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How much time does viral labyrinthitis usually last?

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.

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Please let me know if there is a cure for labyrinthitis?

Please let me know if there is a cure for labyrinthitis?

No immediate cure: Usually this is self-limiting, meaning it will go away with time on its own. You can be prescribed steroids, meclizine, or a scopolamine patch by your ENT doctor. My best experience has been with low-dose valium or ativan (lorazepam).

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How long can the symptoms of labyrinthitis and bppv last?

Vertigo: Unfortunately, this condition is unpredictable. Can last days, weeks, months, resolve and recur. Work closely with your doctor to help manage your symptoms. Good luck!

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Does anyone suffer from labyrinthitis and do ok as a pilot?

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.

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Is it common to lose control of your bowels when suffering labyrinthitis?

Very worrisome: Vertigo and incontinence suggests a more serious disorder. Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the inner ear that causes spinning vertigo, nausea, and often hearing loss and/or tinnitis. This usually is associated with signs of viral illness. An acute bout of vertigo with loss of awareness and loss of control of bowel and/or bladder may be caused by a seizure.

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Sometimes when I get into the car I get headache. This can be labyrinthitis?

Sometimes when I get into the car I get headache. This can be labyrinthitis?

Labyrinthitis: Symptoms of labyrinthitis may include ringing in the ears, a feeling of movement, trouble hearing, or trouble focusing visually. Headaches may occur, but they are not the key symptom. It is unclear why you have a headache when you get in the car, although you may wonder about your head position. Awkward head positions often cause headaches, as many laptop computer users will attest.

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Is it common to lose control of your bowels when you get an attack of labyrinthitis?

Is it common to lose control of your bowels when you get an attack of labyrinthitis?

Uncommon: Uncommon but not unheard of. Acute labyrinthitis can make you feel so bad that vomiting and loss of bowel function could occur. If this happens more than once you definitely need to discuss it with your doctor.

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Does labyrinthitis and/or anxiety make you forget things? Like, you just woke up and ate but feel it was hours ago. Does it affect your memory

Does labyrinthitis and/or anxiety make you forget things? Like, you just woke up and ate but feel it was hours ago. Does it affect your memory

Anxiety and Memory: Anxiety can definitely impact memory. Anxiety is typically our body's way of preparing a person to manage a threat. When this occurs our body activates its "fight or flight" response to save our life if we were in eminent danger. When activation occurs without an immediate threat, it is called anxiety. Fear thoughts r great when facing danger. Not so good when not and this can impact memory.

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Labyrinthitis. Was diagnosed 5 days ago, could it be something else with similar symptoms, would you recommend a follow up visit as am no better.?

Maybe, maybe not: Labyrinthitis can be diagnosed with certain hearing and vestibular function tests. Often the diagnosis is based solely on symptoms. In that case where you have not had these diagnostic tests and are still worried, see an ENT doctor to obtain the proper diagnostic testing.

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I've been diagnosed thus far with labyrinthitis, 4 wks. Is there a possibility it could be something else? No known tumors. Had before several times.

Most likely: Labyrinthitis is inner ear problem unilateral vestibular dysfunction. During labyrinthitis, the parts of the inner ear become irritated and inflamed and can cause balance disorders, vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus. The duration of symptoms usually lasts a few weeks but can last several months. Labyrinthitis also can be absent for long period of time and suddenly recur.

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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?

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

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What is labyrinthitis?

What is labyrinthitis?

Inflammation: The suffix "itis" on the end of words means inflammation. The labyrinth is a structure in the region of the middle ear which helps you to maintain your balance. When it becomes inflamed (by infectious or other causes) you may have severe dizziness with nausea and vomiting resulting. Usually resolves spontaneously but u may be quite ill for a while.

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