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How can an infection cause dizziness?

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Inflammation of the nerves in your ears also can cause vertigo. This is called vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis, and it's caused by an infection. Usually, a virus is to blame. But bacteria from a middle ear infection or meningitis can make their way into your inner ear as well. In this case, dizziness usually comes on suddenly. Your ears may ring, and it may be hard to hear. You also may be nauseated and have a fever and ear pain. Symptoms can last several weeks. If it's caused by a virus and can't be treated with antibiotics, medication can help make you feel better as the infection runs its course.

From: Why Am I Dizzy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Cleveland Clinic: "Dizziness."

Lewis, J. 2016. Merck Manual,

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Meniere's Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia)."

National Health Service: "Dizziness (lightheadedness)."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Causes of Dizziness."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

The Cleveland Clinic: "Dizziness."

Lewis, J. 2016. Merck Manual,

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Meniere's Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia)."

National Health Service: "Dizziness (lightheadedness)."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Causes of Dizziness."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 01, 2018

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