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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Otitis Interna (Overview)

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 dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.


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What are the common symptoms of otitis interna?

What are the common symptoms of otitis interna?

Significant earache.: Significant earache, decreased audition from the affected ear, and possible mucopurulent discharge if the tympanic membrane ruptures. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
372 doctors shared insights

Otitis Interna (Overview)

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 dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.


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What is the treatment for otitis interna?

What is the treatment for otitis interna?

Antibiotics: Amoxicillin is still recommended as the first line antibiotic. There are others for treatment failure or patients with allergies. Also pain control. In older patients, pain control alone maybe tried for 3 days with antibiotics prescribed if the infection does not resolve on its own. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of otitis interna?

Significant earache.: Significant earache, decreased audition from the affected ear, and possible mucopurulent discharge if the tympanic membrane ruptures. ...Read more

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My sister has developed otitis interna. What is it exactly?

Otitis interna?: Otitis "interna" is not a standard medical term. The most common ear infections are "otitis externa" (swimmer's ear), or "otitis media" the common ear infection of children. An "internal" ear infection would apply to the inner ear structures, of which the most common infection is a viral process involving the 8th nerve which causes vertigo ("labyrinthitis"), mostly resolves on its own. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for otitis interna?

Antibiotics: Amoxicillin is still recommended as the first line antibiotic. There are others for treatment failure or patients with allergies. Also pain control. In older patients, pain control alone maybe tried for 3 days with antibiotics prescribed if the infection does not resolve on its own. ...Read more

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I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?

I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?

No, but....: A middle ear infection will not cause cough and chest congestion. However, the same virus that caused the middle ear infection in the first place may also have caused lower respiratory tract infection/symptoms. ...Read more

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Can otitis be treated whitout hospitalisation?

Can otitis be treated whitout hospitalisation?

Broad question: Yes, in most cases, otitis is treated on an outpatient basis. That doesn't mean that in some cases hospitalization isn't required. Too little information to understand your specific situation. ...Read more

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What is malignant otitis?

Severe Ear Ache!: Malignant otitis media is a term for a severe ear infection, manifested by intense pain --sometimes externa, due to swimmer's ear; or often a middle ear infection. If swimmer's ear, antibiotic drops plus oral antibiotics are needed. If only a severe middle ear infection then only oral antibiotics with pain management. Make sure to follow up to be certain of appropriate treatment! ...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


Dr. Suresh Mukherji
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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