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Labyrinthitis (cont.)

What Are the Exams and Tests to Diagnose Labyrinthitis?

A doctor will ask you questions that help determine whether or not the cause is serious. In many cases the doctor will first need to make sure your symptoms are not associatied with a stroke

These questions may include the following

  • How quickly the symptoms began
  • Whether they are worse with head movement
  • What other medical problems you have
  • What medications you are taking
  • What other symptoms you have

The doctor then will perform an exam that focuses on your ears and nervous system. The physician may try to reproduce the symptoms by quickly turning your head or changing your body position. The doctor may then prescribe a trial therapy with medications or special maneuvers while you are still in the office or emergency department to see if they work.

  • If the physician strongly suspects a more serious cause, the doctor may order a CT scan or MRI of your head.
  • A doctor usually can tell by a physical examination whether more serious conditions exist. If suspected, or if symptoms worsen or continue over time, a doctor may seek an opinion from an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist or neurologist.
  • The doctor will likely send you for a hearing rest with an audiologist to further assess the inner ear function.

What Are the Home Remedies for Labyrinthitis?

  • Lie still in a comfortable position, often flat on your side.
  • Reduce your salt and sugar intake.
  • Avoid chocolate, coffee, and alcohol.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Try to create a low-noise, low-stress environment.
  • Talk to your doctor about certain maneuvers or exercises (Brandt and Daroff exercises and Epley maneuver) that may speed your recovery. These positions attempt to rearrange tiny particles inside your ear and/or desensitize you to their effects.
    • Sit on the edge of your bed near the middle, with legs hanging down.
    • Turn your head 45° to your right side.
    • Quickly lie down on your left side, with your head still turned, and touch the bed with the portion of your head behind your ear.
    • Hold this position-and every following position-for about 30 seconds.
    • Sit up again.
    • Quickly turn your head 45° toward your left side and lie down on your right side.
    • Sit up again.
    • Do 6-10 repetitions, 3 times per day.
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