Labyrinthitis is caused by inflammation of your inner ear and is characterized by symptoms like dizziness, vertigo (the abnormal sensation of movement), tinnitus (ringing in your ears), loss of hearing in one ear, balance problems, problems focusing your eyes, nausea and vomiting. You are at an increased risk of developing the condition if you drink alcohol heavily, have a history of smoking, fatigue, viral illness, allergies and stress.
Simple Home Treatment
In many cases, labyrinthitis will dissipate and go away without medical intervention. In these cases, it is best to try to remain still and rest. The vertigo (whirling sensation) is usually at its peak for the first two or three days of your labyrinthitis. Keeping your head still and resting in bed is usually effective in alleviating nausea and vertigo. Avoid bright lights and suddenly changing your position as this may exacerbate your symptoms.
If the vertigo lasts for a longer period of time, resuming your normal activities can help your brain to adapt and compensate for the vertigo. Moving your head as normal and staying active are important since as your brain compensates, the vertigo will progressively dissipate.
While you are treating your labyrinthitis at home, there are several steps which can help to better manage the symptoms. Take safety precautions like keeping the house uncluttered and utilizing non-skid mats to avoid slipping and falling. Also avoid driving, climbing or operating heavy machinery. In cases of extreme dizziness, you may require help to walk.
Perform simple head movements and work on keeping your balance while sitting or standing can help to improve your balance.
Brandt-Daroff exercises may improve your vertigo symptoms. Sit near the edge of either your chair or your bed. Quickly lean to one side and then lay on that side until the whirling sensation dissipates for a minimum of 30 seconds.
Cladonia: A Home Remdy for Labyrinthitis
According to a study performed at Anadolu University in Turkey, cladonia has antimicrobial components, which is effective in combating certain bacteria (like streptococcus faecalis or staphylococcus aureus). This is an important discovery which confirms cladonia as a potential treatment for labyrinthitis. According to MamaHerb.com, cladonia’s efficacy is similar to that of traditional antibiotics, like ciprofloxacin or erythromycin, in treating inner ear infections and labyrinthitis.
Prepare your home remedy by boiling 50 grams of cladonia (may also be called reindeer moss lichens) in 250 milliliters of water for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture and drink three times per day for one week. Within one week, your labyrinthitis symptoms should be gone.
When to Visit A Doctor
If your symptoms do not improve with home treatment or if you have severe symptoms or additional symptoms, which indicate an underlying medical condition (like an upper respiratory infection), you should visit your doctor. You may need an antibiotic to treat an underlying infection or your doctor may prescribe medication to alleviate your symptoms. This could include anti-emetics (anti-nausea medications) like compazine, anthistimines, medications to alleviate dizziness (like scopolamine or meclizine) or a sedative like valium.