What is Labyrinthitis?
Labyrinthitis is an infection of the inner ear and affects the ear canals (labyrinths). If these canals become inflamed or blocked it has a significant effect on balance and hearing. Causes can be as follows:
- Allergies can restrict and inflame the ear canals
- Bacterial infection
- Viral infection
- Decompression sickness which is also known as the bends
- Recently recovered from a respiratory disease
- Excess ear wax and foreign substances
If the cause of labyrinthitis is as a result of a viral infection this can be very difficult to treat and it is the symptoms that can only be treated.
The symptoms are as follows:
If the fluid filled cavities of the inner ear become inflamed or blocked on one or both ears the sense of balance is affected and symptoms such as vertigo can develop.
The most common symptoms of labyrinthitis are nausea, dizziness and a sense of imbalance. Some patients report suffering from difficulty hearing and tinnitus which is a ringing sound in the ears as well as vomiting.
The medication that is usually given in treating labyrinthitis is antibiotics. This medication is effective only if the cause is due to a bacterial infection.
It may be a build up of foreign substances in the ear canal that is responsible for an infection developing. Some patients report that ear candling helps to make the recovery process quicker and are also considered to be an effective and safe procedure.
There are various herbal medicines that may help with alleviating the symptoms and these include:
Gingko biloba may improve the circulation of blood in the head and this natural product is also reported to provide relief of the dizziness and tinnitus that many patients report experiencing.
Reishi mushrooms are used in Chinese medicine for various purposes and this also includes providing relief from the symptoms of labyrinthitis. Homoeopathic treatment can also be used.
Acupressure can be used in treating the symptoms and according to the Chinese meridian system the cause of labyrinthitis is due to the imbalance of the kidney meridians. By visiting an acupressurist they can focus on the kidney meridians in the first instance and they may also be able to assist in a number of ways.
The symptoms normally disappear in about 10 days and normally it doesnt reoccur. Avoid alcohol and cigarette smoke as they can make the symptoms worse. Try to rest as much as you can and avoid stressful situations. Many people say regular meditation helps to reduce stress and helps in relieving tinnitus.
If you think you are suffering from labyrinthitis it is necessary to make an appointment with your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed and dependent on the type of infection that has caused it perhaps visiting a natural therapist will be able to help with alleviating the symptoms associated with this and lead to a quick recovery from this.