Know the causes of viral, bacterial and emotional labyrinthitis

As much as labyrinthitis happens more often in middle age, anyone can be affected by it, given the number of factors that can cause it. See below what they are:

  • Problems such as depression and excessive anxiety that arise as a result of traumatic events;
  • Respiratory diseases, such as bronchitis;
  • Viral infections of the inner ear;
  • Viruses in the stomach;
  • Herpes virus;
  • Bacterial infections, including those of the middle ear;
  • Infectious agents, such as the cause of Lyme disease.

Among all these causes, the most recurring ones are:


Viral Labyrinthitis

Practically half of the cases of viral labyrinthitis are due to infections caused in the chest, nose, mouth and airways that spread to the inner ear.

Bacterial Labyrinthitis

Rarer than the viral form, bacterial labyrinthitis can enter the labyrinth only if the layer of tissue that separates the middle ear from the inner ear is damaged. This usually happens if there is an infection in the middle ear or the occurrence of meningitis .

Emotional Labyrinthitis

Often the disease can be caused by emotional factors, such as anxiety or depression , and is characterized by a feeling of pressure and ringing in the ear, as well as lack of balance and dizziness. These symptoms tend to get worse when the individual is in situations of extreme stress or when making sudden movements with the head.

Risk factors

Precisely because labyrinthitis has several factors that trigger it, some others can help even more for the disease to develop. Find out what the main risk factors are:

  • To smoke;
  • Drink large amounts of alcohol;
  • Have a considerable history of allergies;
  • Be normally fatigued;
  • Always be stressed;
  • Take any controlled medication;
  • Excess coffee consumption;
  • Having any of these diseases: hypoglycemia, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, otitis.

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