Inner Ear Infections

Infections of the inner ear usually result from viral illnesses, such as influenza, and can cause vertigo (a feeling that things are moving when they are not), dizziness, nausea, imbalance, difficulty concentrating, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), reduced hearing and other symptoms. These symptoms also may be caused by head injuries, drug reactions, allergies, underlying medical disorders or aging. If you have these symptoms, you should see a physician evaluation to make the diagnosis and to begin appropriate treatment.

If the symptoms are caused by a virus, the infection usually improves on its own. However, a doctor may recommend taking prescription or over-the-counter anti-nausea medications or receiving an injection to control the symptoms. Recurrent symptoms may indicate Meniere’s disease, a disorder in which fluid builds up in the inner ear and causes vertigo and balance problems.

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