What is Labyrinthitis?
Labyrinthitis (pronounced LAB-uh-rin-THIE-tis) is an ear disorder involving inflammation of the semicircular canals of the inner ear (labyrinth). It usually occurs after an otitis media ear infection or an upper respiratory infection.
Labyrinthitis is also called bacterial labyrinthitis and serous labyrinthitis.
Symptoms of Labyrinthitis
Some of the most common symptoms are:
What causes Labyrinthitis?
The exact cause of labyrinthitis is unknown. However, researchers believe that it is a consequence of viral or bacterial infection. Labyrinthitis may also be a side effect of an allergy, cholesteatoma, or the ingestion of certain drugs that are toxic to the inner ear.
Can Labyrinthitis be Treated?
Yes. Treatments are aimed at decreasing the severity of the symptoms. Some common treatments are:
When to call your doctor
You should call your doctor if:
You should seek immediate care if you begin to have seizures or fainting spells.
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