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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is vestibular neuritis?

Vestibular neuritis is inflammation of the vestibular nerve which connects the inner ear to the brain and maintains body balance and eye movements. The nerve function is affected resulting in dizziness, balance problems, nausea and vomiting. Most common cause is viral infection affecting the inner ear or a general viral infection.

Symptoms of vestibular neuritis

  • Dizziness

  • I feel like I'm spinning around / vertigo

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Sensation of imbalance as if floating when at sea

  • Headache

Questions your doctor may ask to check for vestibular neuritis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose vestibular neuritis

  • Are you feeling dizzy right now?

  • Do you feel like your surroundings are spinning around?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you feel like you are floating / off-balance like you are at sea?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

Treatment for vestibular neuritis

Antiviral medications, medication in to reduce inflammation and manage symptoms like nausea, vomiting, dizziness and balance issues are usually prescribed.

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