What Is Labyrinthitis?

Labyrinthitis is a disorder of the innermost part of the ear, which deals with balance and sound detection. The two nerves, called vestibular nerves, in your inner ear send your brain information about your head movement. When one of these nerves becomes inflamed, it is called Labyrinthitis.

Symptoms of Labyrinthitis.

Symptoms include dizziness, vertigo, nausea, and loss of hearing. Vertigo (the sensation of moving when you are not) can interfere with driving, working, and other activities. Medications and self-help techniques can lessen the severity of your vertigo.Several factors can cause this condition, including infections and viruses. You should receive prompt treatment for any ear infections, but there is no known way to prevent labyrinthitis.

Treatment for Labyrinthitis

Symptoms can be relieved with medications, including:

  • antihistamines like Clarinex (prescription) or Allegra, Benadryl, and Claritin (over-the-counter)
  • medications that can reduce dizziness and nausea, such as Antivert
  • sedatives like diazepam
  • corticosteroids like prednisone
If you have an active infection, your doctor will probably prescribe antibiotics
Treatment usually involves using medications to control your symptoms. Most people find relief from symptoms within a couple of weeks and achieve full recovery in a month or two.

Patient education

1.) Teach patients about the potential for injury to themselves or others if they operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle.

2.) If the patient should happen to experience any type of drainage or worsening of symptoms seek medical attention, to prevent permanent hearing loss.

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*FLYER created by Patrick Phillips and Zack Stevenson (class 91) as a class assignment. Thankyou for your time and we hope that the information provided is useful.*

How labyrinthitis develops


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