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Dr. Suresh Mukherji
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Labyrinthitis (Overview)

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.


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Can a few hours of exercise make your labyrinthitis feel better?

Can a few hours of exercise make your labyrinthitis feel better?

Yes: The movement of the head may be helpul. It does not work for everybody. ...Read more

Dr. Suresh Mukherji
188 Doctors shared insights

Labyrinthitis (Overview)

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.


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How long does labyrinthitis usually last?

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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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

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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. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor specializes in labyrinthitis tests?

ENT: Most ENT doctors ate able to perform physical examination, and objective tests to evaluate possible labyrinthitis. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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Could TMJ dysfuntion cause labyrinthitis? Any relationship?

Could TMJ dysfuntion cause labyrinthitis? Any relationship?

Very common: The secret of success in treating pain and TMJ syndromes is proper diagnosis. See an Orofacial Pain specialist for conservative and predictable treatment. ...Read more

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What's the best way to quickly treat labyrinthitis/vertigo?

Increase activity: Once you get over the acute phase of vertigo, you should gradually return to your normal activity. As you do your day to day tasks, this will help retrain your inner ear's balance mechanisms. I often tell patients to go to the grocery store and shop while pushing a grocery cart. Scan the items on the top and bottom of the shelves as you walk by. This will really retrain your balance system. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of labyrinthitis?

Time: And you could try decongestants. Meclizine may help with the dizziness. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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What do fluid tablets do to help labyrinthitis?

Nothing: Diuretics, pills that make you pee and lose salt, are used for menieres disease, a particular disease causing recurrent dizzy spells. Labyrinthitis is one severe dizzy spell lasting days, with or without hearing loss. I can think of no reason to use a diuretic for labyrinthitis. Early on valium or Meclizine are used for severe vertigo spells. See an ent. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long can labyrinthitis last?

How long can labyrinthitis last?

Inner ear?: An inner ear infection is characterized by severe vertigo and nerve deafness. The vertigo may last a few days to 2-3 weeks and followed by imbalance. Depending on the cause it may take up to a year for the imbalance and hearing loss to stabilize. Early activity and balance retraining hasten improvement of symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does labyrinthitis last?

Varies: Most cases get better in a few weeks, often sooner. ...Read more

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What can be done for labyrinthitis?

Labyrinthitis: Should see ENT for exam and audiogram. If viral, supportive care indicated, i.e. antivertginous medications, avoidance of alcohol, smoking, rest, etc. If not, treatment dependent on findings ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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Are there good OTC remedies for labyrinthitis?

Labyrinthitis: There are over the counter antihistamines which can help with the symptoms. Dramamine, (dimenhydrinate) bonine and similar otc medications are available. ...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

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What do fluid tablets do to help labyrinthitis?

Nothing: Diuretics, pills that make you pee and lose salt, are used for menieres disease, a particular disease causing recurrent dizzy spells. Labyrinthitis is one severe dizzy spell lasting days, with or without hearing loss. I can think of no reason to use a diuretic for labyrinthitis. Early on valium or Meclizine are used for severe vertigo spells. See an ent. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do for labyrinthitis?

Recommend an ENT: That diagnosis gets tossed out far too often. I recommend that you see an ENT for appropriate testing and treatment. Do not want to speculate here with so little info. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long will the symptoms of labyrinthitis last?

Depends: Depending on the underlying diagnosis/condition that is causing your labrynthitis, the time frame of resolution will be different. Usually viral issues are the most common and will resolve in a week or so. Medications may help decrease the time frame to resolution as well of course. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some symptoms of labyrinthitis?

Vestibular disorder: Labyrinthitis is also referred to as vestibular neuronitis and refers to a disorder of the inner ear. Symptoms include:
abnormal sensation of movement (vertigo)
difficulty focusing the eyes because of involuntary eye movements
dizziness
hearing loss in one ear
loss of balance, such as falling toward one side
nausea and vomiting
ringing or other noises in the ears (tinnitus)

i hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a few hours of exercise make your labyrinthitis feel better?

Yes: The movement of the head may be helpul. It does not work for everybody. ...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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Is it possible to still have labyrinthitis after 5 months or could it be something else now?

Not likely: Labyrinthitis is used to describe acute inflammation of the inner ear with vertigo and at times hearing loss. This is typically short-lived. However, if the injury to the inner ear is signfiicant, the vertigo symptoms can persist for quite some time as the brain compensates for them. There are many other causes of persisting or recurring vertigo. You should probably see your doctor. ...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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Is labyrinthitis curable?

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

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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