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What is Labyrinthitis?

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Labyrinthitis is a condition that refers to the swelling or inflammation of the inner ear. A series of interconnected fluid canals and channels run like a maze, or a labyrinth, from your ear to the base of your skull. Your ear sends signals and sonic information through these channels to your brain. When your labyrinth swells up or becomes irritated, signals can get blocked or distorted. Your inner ear is responsible for sending information about the position of your head in relation to the rest of your body. If your inner ear has difficulty communicating with your brain, you might feel dizzy, nauseous or off-balance.

Causes of Labyrinthitis

In many cases, the cause of Labyrinthitis is unknown. It usually occurs during or after a viral illness such as the cold or the flu. Certain viruses, a respiratory infection or an ear infection can cause inflammation, thus triggering the condition. Heavy drinking, smoking, and excessive stress can also lead to Labyrinthitis. Other causes include allergies, head trauma, a tumor in your inner ear, and bacterial infections in or around your inner ear. High doses of certain prescription and over-the-counter medications including aspirin, some antibiotics, and Lasix can also contribute to Labyrinthitis.

Symptoms of Labyrinthitis

One of the primary symptoms associated with Labyrinthitis is vertigo or a spinning sensation. When your inner ear becomes blocked or damaged in any way, your body’s sense of balance can become distorted. You might feel as if your entire body or your head is spinning, even if you are standing still. Symptoms can also include nausea, motion sickness, or vomiting. Labyrinthitis can also result in minor hearing loss; certain sounds, tones or low pitches can become inaudible. Spinning sensations may also lead to headaches, migraines, or tinnitus (a continuous ringing sound in your ear.) During this time, your eyes might start to move on their own, making it difficult to focus or see clearly.

Symptoms usually start to clear up within a week. They may last up to a month or longer depending on the severity of your condition. Although rarely debilitating, Labyrinthitis may affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery.

Treatment of Labyrinthitis

If you think you have Labyrinthitis, you will want to see your primary care giver to confirm this and get treatment options.Your doctor may prescribe certain medications to help with nausea and dizziness such as Valium, sedatives, antihistamines, Compazine, Dramamine, or antiviral agents. If symptoms persist, your doctor may want to run tests such as an MRI or an EEG to rule out other, more serious conditions.

How to Deal with Daily Labyrinthitis Symptoms

In response to feelings of motion sickness, many people will need to avoid rapid or sudden movements. If you start to feel nauseous or dizzy, you may want to sit down and rest until your senses have calmed. You may want to avoid bright screens or lights that may exacerbate your symptoms.

Additionally, Di-Vertigo, a natural supplement without side effects, can help relieve the daily vertigo symptoms of Labyrinthitis. Made with a blend of essential oils, Di-Vertigo will help you regain your sense of balance and settle your upset stomach without drowsiness or dry mouth. Dab a few drops of Di-Vertigo behind your ear and you should feel relief in as little as less than five minutes.

Other natural options for symptom relief include ginger for the nausea and activities like yoga or plenty of sleep to help relieve stress. Sometimes it is the little things can help the most in restoring your life back to normal.

 

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