whirling or spinning sensation) is most intense during the first 2 to 3 days of
labyrinthitis. Bed rest and keeping your head still
may initially relieve symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and vertigo.
But if vertigo lasts for more than a few days, returning to normal daily
activities may help. Staying active, while difficult if it triggers vertigo,
usually helps the brain adapt (compensate) to the vertigo more
quickly. It is especially important to move your head as you normally would and
avoid holding it completely still. As compensation occurs, vertigo will
gradually go away.
Although labyrinthitis is generally a
short-term condition, there are steps you can take at home to manage your
- Take safety precautions for vertigo,
such as keeping your home uncluttered and using nonskid mats around your house
and in your bath.
- Try balance exercises for vertigo, such
as simple head movements and maintaining your balance while standing or
Brandt-Daroff exercises for vertigo, which include
sitting on the edge of your bed or sofa, quickly leaning to one side, and then
lying on that side until the spinning or whirling sensation goes away or for at
least 30 seconds.
Check with your doctor first before trying exercises at
home to reduce symptoms of vertigo associated with labyrinthitis.