Labyrinthitis, or inner ear infection, is an infection of the inner ear that affects hearing and causes motion disturbance. In this ear disorder, hearing may be reduced or distorted, and patients may experience vertigo (a sense of spinning and/or dizziness). Nausea and vomiting may also accompany it and be quite difficult to control. Another complication of labyrinthitis is middle ear infect (otitis ear). Recovery from infection may take three weeks since the body has to fight off the infection, and the brain needs to recover from the imbalances. Persistent vertigo and nausea may endure for more than three weeks in some people.
Causes of labyrinthitis
The exact cause of the inflammation Is sometimes unknown or unclear. It may result from an infection or trauma. The whole inner ear is about the size of a dime, so inflammation often affects both hearing and balance.
- Bacterial infection in the middle ear.
- Cholesteatoma (cyst in the middle ear.)
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Head injury
- Allergies or family history of allergies
- Stress or fatigue
- Excess alcohol use
- Use of some prescription or nonprescription drugs.
- Heart, brain, or blood-vessel disease.
Sign and symptoms of labyrinthitis
- Vertigo. A sensation that you or your surrounding are spinning around. Head movements make it worse.
- Hearing loss (one or both ears; may be mild or severe)
- Involuntary eye movement
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of balance (person may fall toward the affected side)
- Ringing in the ear
- Feeling of fullness in the ears.
Diagnosis of labyrinthitis
There is no single test to diagnosis labyrinthitis. Diagnosis is mainly based upon physical examination and sign, symptoms. An audiogram or electronystagmography test is mainly done to differentiate the cause of symptoms. Since brain stem or cerebeller stroke has similar symptoms MRI, or CT scan can be done to rule out stroke if patient has significant risk factors.
Homeopathic treatment for labyrinthitis
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat labyrinthitis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat labyrinthitis that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of labyrinthitis:
Belladonna, Calcaria Carb, Calcaria Sulph, Chamomilla, Graphites, Hepar Sulph, Lycopodium, Mercurius, Sulphur, Aconite, Baryta Carb, Baryta Mur, Cactus, Capsicum, Causticum, Conium, Kali Bi, Kali Carb, Kali Chl, Kali Iod, Lachesis, Mag Carb, Merc Cor, Natrum Sulph, Nitric Acid, Petroleum, Picric Acid, Psorinum, Pulsatilla, Rhus Tox, Thuja, and many other medicines.