Labyrinthitis

What is labyrinthitis?

Labyrinthitis is inflammation or infection of labyrinth (balance organ in the inner ear). Some common symptoms of this condition include dizziness (or vertigo), feeling of imbalance, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, nausea or vomiting.

 

What causes it?

The condition is typically caused by viral infection but can also be caused by bacterial infection or autoimmune processes (where dysfuntion of the body’s defence mechanism causes it produce antibodies against itself).

 

How can it be treated?

The condition is usually self-limiting which means it usually gets better on its own. Some of the symptoms or causes of the condition can be treated with medication to speed up recovery.