Vestibular neuritis treatment
What is vestibular neuritis?
Vestibular neuritis is the inflammatory condition that occurs in the vestibular nerve, which is located in the middle ear and is responsible for conveying information to the brain in order to maintain balance.
This condition can also be called labyrinthitis, because when the inflammation occurs, the patient may feel a sudden vertigo, loss of orientation and balance.
Vestibular neuritis symptoms.
The main symptom of this ear condition is vertigo, a sensation that the world around the patient is spinning, which can hinder the ability to walk, and even cause nausea and vomiting.
The vertigo sensation may appear spontaneously or after moving the head abruptly.
Vestibular neuritis treatments.
Vestibular neuritis disappears by itself over time. Within 1 or 2 weeks, the patient will notice improvement as the nerve in the middle ear becomes less swollen.
Therefore, caution is recommended during the waiting period, rest and avoid activities that require the sense of hearing and balance, such as sports, driving, etc.
Once the ENT doctor identifies the condition, he may recommend certain medications that help to improve the sensation of the symptoms, such as:
- Antihistamines: Also known as antiallergics, these are medications that help reduce the cause of inflammation.
- Antiemetics: Ideal to counteract nausea and vomiting as they help regulate stomach discomfort.
- Anti-inflammatories: To improve the original reason for the condition.
- Antibiotics: This option applies in specific cases.
Remember to rely on the guidance of a trusted ENT doctor to help you verify the diagnosis and recommend the most effective treatment option for your particular case.
The surgical procedure will remove the inflamed vascular nerve causing a disruption in the balance receptors. This treatment is drastic and is considered a last option for the patient. After recommending it, the doctor will, of course, also specify rehabilitation exercises to get the patient’s balance back on track.
After recommending it, the doctor will, of course, also specify rehabilitation exercises to get the patient’s balance back on track.
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Causes of vestibular neuritis.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Can vestibular neuritis be fatal?
The damage to the vestibular nerve caused by labyrinthitis can put the patient in a vulnerable position to perform daily tasks. However, it is not a life-threatening condition.
What if my vestibular neuritis is left untreated?
It is possible that if the patient is not treated for viral labyrinthitis, symptoms may disappear with time.
On the other hand, if it is a bacterial condition, damage to the vestibular nerve may progress and it may be more difficult for the patient to recover balance, in addition to making treatment options more difficult, which in severe cases may be surgical.
Does vestibular neuritis have after-effects?
There are no after-effects of this disease other than the symptoms, which disappear after a few days in most cases.