Labyrinthitis Treatment

Labyrinthitis Treatment

Labyrinthitis will usually go away on its own within a few days to weeks. If it was generated by a bacterial infection, you may be given antibiotics. Unfortunately, viral infections can’t be cured with antibiotics.

Other treatment is needed to keep you comfortable until the labyrinthitis goes away. Medicines called vestibular suppressants can be prescribed to lower the symptoms.

Antiemetics, like prochlorperazine or promethazine, control nausea and vomiting.

Antihistamines reduce dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Examples are Benadryl and Dramamine.

Scopolamine helps with vomiting. An example is Transderm-Scop, that is put on the skin behind the ear as a patch.

Sedatives reduce vomiting, nausea, and anxiety. These include Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan.

If a bacterial infection has injured your inner ear, you might continue to have symptoms of vertigo even after the infections healed. Over time, you should adjust to the signals from the balance sensory systems that falsely tells your brain to detect motion that is not occurring. The vertigo will eventually improve or disappear completely. This process is called compensation. Remaining as active as possible helps with compensation. Medicines can slow compensation and should only be used for 1 or 2 weeks.

If your doctor gives you antibiotics, you need to take them exactly as they are prescribed. Do not stop taking them sooner than you should; otherwise, the infection may not go away.

Persistent vertigo can be caused by other conditions and needs to be evaluated by your doctor.

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