Why steroids for a viral inner-ear infection?
February 14, 2007 8:24 PM Subscribe
My doc thinks I may have a viral inner ear infection. He has prescribed prednisone. How does this help?
posted by blue_wardrobe to Health & Fitness (18 answers total)
I had a cholesteatoma removed in Feb 2006 in a wall-up procedure. Subsequently I underwent surgery in Oct 2006 to take a second look and reconstruct the ossicular chain, with considerable success.
Now suddenly, in the same ear, I am losing hearing that seems to be inner-ear related. No vertigo or anything.
After explaining three or four possibilities, the doc suspects a viral inner ear infection, since I have also had a bad viral upper respiratory infection.
He's prescribed prednisone. What will that be trying to do in these circumstances?
While there are lots of mentions of prednisone in these circumstances, there doesn't seem to be much clarity for the lay-person as to what it's actually doing.
It's not anti-viral (or is it)? If it's suppressing immune response, why do that if I might have a viral infection?
I'm just curious, and will be following up with him in a week, but would love more elucidation.