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Labyrinthitis (say "lab-uh-rin-THY-tus") is a problem deep inside your inner ear. It happens when the labyrinth gets inflamed. That's the part of your inner ear that helps control your balance.
The problem may cause vertigo. Vertigo makes you feel like you're spinning or whirling. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit. You may lose your hearing for a while. Or you may have a ringing sound in your ears.
Most of the time, labyrinthitis goes away on its own. This often takes several weeks.
If the problem is caused by bacteria, your doctor will give you antibiotics. But most cases are caused by a virus. A virus can't be cured with antibiotics.
Your doctor may give you medicines to help control the nausea and vomiting.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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