What are the symptoms of labyrinthitis?

What are the symptoms of labyrinthitis?

An inner ear infection (labyrinthitis) can be overwhelming at first and appear suddenly without warning, the first few days are usually the most difficult, however accurate diagnosis and treatment can help in easing the symptoms.

The rapid onset of symptoms and signs of labyrinthitis is as follows:

Symptoms of inner ear infection in children

These symptoms also include those of an earache and are as follows:

  • Earache and pain, particularly felt when lying down
  • Pulling or tugging at the infected ear
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unusual crying
  • Acting irritated
  • Expressing difficulty with balance
  • Fever over 37℃ (98.6℉)
  • Headache
  • Not wanting to eat
  • Visible fluid drainage from the ear

Symptoms of an inner ear infection in adults

These symptoms are specific to labyrinthitis and include:

  • An ache in the middle ear (otalgia)
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in ears, known as tinnitus
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Finding it difficult to focus eyes

When to see a doctor for an inner ear infection

If you or your child is showing symptoms and signs of labyrinthitis, or an ear infection – which may also indicate several other conditions, then you should get medical help immediately in order for your doctor to provide an accurate diagnosis.

If you experience any of the following, these may pertain to a more severe condition and should be seen as serious, therefore it is advised that you get help immediately if you experience:

  • A fever
  • Fainting
  • Speech that is slurred
  • Convulsions
  • Feel abnormally weak
  • Paralysis
  • Double vision
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