Labyrinthitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the inner ear. It affects the labyrinth, which is a delicate structure within the ear. Symptoms of labyrinthitis include dizziness, hearing loss, and vertigo. Symptoms can range in severity and may be accompanied by pain in the ear, tinnitus, fluid or pus leakage, nausea, fever, changes in vision, and mild headaches.
Although labyrinthitis may clear up on its own, there are some natural treatments you can try in order to speed up the recovery and improve your condition.
Natural treatments for labyrinthitis
- Avoid activities that can worsen your condition or cause complications – such as overconsumption of alcohol, fatigue, allergies, smoking, stress, and certain medications.
- Take an over-the-counter antihistamine.
- Get plenty of bed rest, especially during attacks of vertigo.
- Complete exercises to reduce vertigo: Sit at the edge of your bed and turn your head in the direction that is causing the vertigo. Lay back on the bed with your head still in that position. Turn your head 90 degrees to the opposite direction (hold for 30 seconds). Rotate your body to the side your head is pointing – you will not be laying on your side (hold for 30 seconds). Sit back up and repeat this a few times until vertigo is relieved.
- Consult with your doctor about any possible medications that can help
- Try vestibular rehabilitation therapy, which is a physical therapy that can help you adapt to and correct your symptoms.
Other treatments for labyrinthitis include medications such as benzodiazepines, antiemetics, antibiotics, and corticosteroids.
When to see a doctor for labyrinthitis
You should seek immediate medical attention for your labyrinthitis if you experience mental confusion, slurred speech, double vision, weakness or numbness in one part of your body, and changes in the way you walk.
Furthermore, if your condition does not improve within three weeks, make an appointment to see your doctor who may refer you to an otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor).