ZocdocAnswersWhat kind of treatment could help balance disorder and how long will balance disorder last?

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What kind of treatment could help balance disorder and how long will balance disorder last?

My uncle has been suffering from balance disorder caused by imbalance of ear fluid since last week after he had a high white blood cell count. He is now feeling dizzy and has muscle aches too.

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Sorry to hear about this problem. Fortunately, good medical care should be able to help him return to his normal state of health provided it is accomplished in a timely fashion. The ear is involved in hearing, of course, but also is one of the vital organs that helps with balance. When there are conditions that affect the middle ear, these conditions can sometimes affect the inner ear as well. Sometimes, something as simple as otitis media, or a middle ear infection, can be enough to start a bout of vertigo that can be a serious problem. On other occasions, it could be that something else is really causing the problem, and it is being blamed on the middle ear, even though there is actually something else going on. Due to the complexity of the middle and inner ear, it is often something that should be addressed by someone with extensive training in treating this sort of condition. An ear nose and throat surgeon (AKA ENT AKA otolaryngologist) is someone who is well prepared to manage this sort of condition, and can get the proper testing and treatment started without delay. Again, please speak with your doctor about this problem soon.

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