Inner ear infection (labyrinthitis)

Treatment for viral labyrinthitis includes rest and medications to help with the symptoms of nausea and dizziness. Bacterial labyrinthitis, which is rare, can be treated with antibiotics.

To cope with the symptoms, your doctor may prescribe medications for nausea and vertigo. Corticosteroids may also be prescribed to reduce inflammation within the inner ear.

It can also help to stay still, rest, and avoid bright lights, reading, and moving suddenly.

Ease back into your regular activities once your symptoms are gone. Wait until you've been symptom-free for about a week before driving or doing other hazardous activities.

For most people, symptoms improve within a few weeks and completely resolved within a few months.

Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team