The labyrinth is a part of the inner ear that contains specialized nerve fibres that send impulses to the brain giving information about the head’s position. If the head is tipped, the fluid level within the labyrinth moves and some nerves have more pressure applied while others have less. This combination tells the brain exactly what position the head is in. It assumes that the rest of the body is following suit!
Inflammation of this area causes symptoms of dizziness, nausea and vomiting, which can last anywhere up to one month although the first few days are generally the worst. The infection is generally caused by a viral infection, although dehydration and an acid/alkaline imbalance may also be relevant.
It may be necessary to take time off work and stay lying flat because labyrynthitis may cause an individual to fall over and potentially risk injury.