What Are Labyrinthitis Symptoms?
- The most common symptoms
- Loss of balance
- Other possible symptoms
- These symptoms often are provoked or made worse by moving your head, sitting up, rolling over, or looking upward.
- Symptoms may last for days or even weeks depending on the cause and severity.
- Symptoms may come back, so be careful about driving, working at heights, or operating heavy machinery for at least 1 week from the time the symptoms end.
- Rarely, the condition may last all your life, as with Meniere's disease. This condition usually involves tinnitus and hearing loss with the vertigo. In rare cases it can be debilitating.
When Should I Call the Doctor about Labyrinthitis?
When to call the doctor
- You feel dizzy just from moving your head or body.
- You occasionally feel nauseous and have vomiting.
- You have ringing or rushing noises in your ear.
- You have a sudden hearing loss.
When to go to the hospital
- You cannot eat, drink, or take medications because of vomiting.
- Your hearing progressively worsens.
- You have a severe headache or lethargy.
- You have a fever.
- You have ear pain.
- You recently injured your head or ear.
- Your dizziness doesn't stop after a few minutes.
- You develop double vision.
- You develop speech problems.
- Your arm or leg suddenly gets numb or weak.
- Muscles on your face become weak or paralyzed.
- Your gait (ability to walk normally) is affected.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/28/2016
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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