Labyrinthitis (Inner Ear Infection) Nursing Care Plan



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Labyrinthitis (Inner Ear Infection) Nursing Care Plan

Labyrinthitis is an inner ear infection. It causes a delicate structure deep inside the ear called the labyrinth to become inflamed, affecting hearing and balance. The labyrinth is the innermost part of the ear. It usually becomes inflamed either because of a viral infection, such as a cold or flu or a bacterial infection, which is much less common.

The most common symptoms are dizzinesshearing loss, from mild to total loss of hearing, and vertigo, the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving. In most cases, the symptoms pass within a few weeks.

Treatment involves a combination of bed rest and medication to help with the symptoms. Additional medication may be needed to fight the underlying infection, although antibiotics are not often required as the cause is most commonly due to a virus.

Labyrinthitis often develops in people who have an underlying autoimmune condition, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue rather than fighting off infections.

The Care Plan sets out a clear explanation of the resident’s issue, and will guide the nurse or carer through the process of preparing a comprehensive, individual person centred strategy.

Nursing Care Plan Features:

Identifies the signs and symptoms experienced

Details a comprehensive plan of care

Identifies possible associated issues


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