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Worst Otitis Interna Symptom
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
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
I'm also having a cough and chest congestion. Can otitis media or middle ear infections cause these symptoms?
Are steroid shots recommended to help get over URIs and ear infections such as otitis externa? And where on the body are they given?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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