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In most cases, labyrinthitis usually goes away within a few weeks. Medications that may reduce the symptoms you are experiencing, aside from prednisone, include antihistamine, compazine or similar medication used to control nausea and vomiting
meclizine or scopalamine which is used to relieve dizziness and Valium.
To prevent worsening of your symptoms try to keep still and rest when symptoms occur, avoid sudden position changes and avoid bright lights.
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As you already probably know, labyrinthitis is caused by inflammation and swelling in your inner ear. During labyrinthitis, parts of the inner ear become irritated and inflamed which causes dizziness (also known as vertigo) and problems with balance.
There are several causes of labyrininthitis, with the most common being anything from ear infection to upper respiratory disease to allergies to a tumor in the middle ear. You already had an MRI which, from what I understand, ruled out a tumor.
Very often symptoms of dizziness you are describing will go away spontaneously within a few weeks of starting. Just as quickly as they started, they can go away. Sometimes, as Camille mentioned, you may require medical treatment to speed up the process of dizziness going away.
If you didn't have a recent ear infection, you do not need antibiotics. If you do not have symnptoms of upper respiratory infection or allergies such as runny nose, sneezing, coughing, watery/itchy eyes, then taking antihistamine (for allergies) will not be beneficial.
The most common medicaiton used to treat vertigo (which is a symptom of labyrinthitis) is called Meclizine. It is available over-the-counter in the strength of 25 mg. You can take anything from 12.5 mg twice daily to 25 mg twice daily. It is very important to increase your fluid intake during the times when you have dizziness (unless you have heart failure, then you have to be careful on fluid intake). When the dizziness is at its worse, try to not doing anything which requires a lot of moving around, this will make dizziness worse. Also, very important to avoid sudden position changes, do not try to read when symptoms occur, and avoid bright lights.
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There is probably fluid in the Left ear which is causing the clicking. What happens with vertigo is that you have these 3 tiny balls in the inner ear. For unknown reason, one of the balls comes out of its normal surrounding fluid and when it does, you get an acute episode of vertigo. Sometimes it goes back spontaneously and sometimes there are certain exercises with the head you can do to put it back in place.
Have you seen an Ear, Nose, Throat specialist? Have you been checked to make sure there is no ear infection in your left ear?
Sometimes, when vertigo becomes so severe and lasts for so long, it is urgent you go to the emergency room. In ER we usually give you fluids through the IV and medication such as Valium which improves symptoms. There just not be much that you can do at home on your own.
If you haven't seen in ENT, I strongly suggest you do. This is their specialty.
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I did forget to mention that Sudafed is ok to take as long as you dont have history of high blood pressure (it can elevate blood pressure). You can take 1-2 tablets up to 3x per day.
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You should be ok with the dose you took. Just keep an eye on the blood pressure. Prescription strength Sudafed is 60 mg and can be taken 3x daily.