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Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the inner ear canals. The labyrinth is made up of 3 semicircular canals located deep inside the inner ear that help control your balance. Inflammation of these canals, or labyrinthitis, can occur as a result of a viral or, more rarely, bacterial infection .


  • Virus infection (usually) in the inner ear.
  • Other recent viral illness, especially respiratory infection.
  • Bacterial infection in the inner ear.
  • Spread of a chronic middle-ear infection.
  • Head injury.
  • Heavy exercise in hot weather, causing dehydration or electrolyte imbalance from excessive sweating.
  • Stress, fatigue or overwork.
  • Use of medication or toxic drugs, including aspirin.
  • Allergy or family history of allergies.
  • Cholesteatoma (an accumulation of debris covered by skin in the outer-ear canal).
  • Exaggerated head, neck or trunk movements in people with hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
  • Transient ischemic attacks due to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
  • Heart-rhythm irregularity.
  • Bleeding or tumor inside the brain.
  • Anemia.
  • Smoking.
  • Excess alcohol consumption.

Signs and symptoms

  • Extreme dizziness with head movement­ especially in people over 40 who may have hardening of the arteries in the neck (athero-sclerosis) Exercises that exaggerate head, neck and movements can cause kinking or narrowing of these arteries. The dizziness begins gradually and peaks in 48 hours.
  • Involuntary eye movement.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Loss of balance, especially falling toward the affected side.
  • Temporary healing loss.


  • An ear examination may not reveal any changes.
  • Differentiation from other causes of dizziness or vertigo may include:
    • head CT scan or MRI scan
    • hearing testing ( audiology/audiometry )
    • caloric stimulation (tests reflexes of the eye)
    • electronystagmography
    • EEG , evoked auditory potential studies


Note- Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.

Medical Treatment- See your doctor for diagnosis and Possible prescription of medications. Hearing tests may be required.

Medication- Your doctor may prescribe:

  • Antinausea medications.
  • Tranquilizers such as diazepam to reduce dizziness.
  • Diuretics to decrease fluid accumulation in the inner ear.
  • Antibiotics to fight bacterial infection.
  • Obtain prompt medical treatment for ear infections.
  • Don't take medication that has produced dizziness without consulting your doctor.
  • Follow all preventive measures for hardening of the arteries recommended by the American Heart Association:
    Low-fat, low-salt, high-fiber diet.
    Stress reduction.
    Regular exercise.
    No smoking.

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