Meniere's Treatment

Meniere's Treatment

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    Medicines cannot cure Meniere's disease, but they may relieve the symptoms. Diuretics may be used to lower the amount of fluid in your ears. Allergy medicine may also help, if allergies are a trigger for the disease.

    Valium and other motion sickness treatments may ease vertigo, dizziness, and nausea, and anti-nausea drugs may also be useful. Injections of steroids or the antibiotic gentamicin into your middle ear may also relieve vertigo, although hearing loss can be a side effect.

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    Surgery cannot cure Meniere's disease. However, if the vertigo and dizziness that accompanies the disease is so bad that it's incapacitating, and other treatments don't work, there are surgeries that may help. Your doctor may cut the vestibular nerve in your inner ear that leads to the balance center of your brain, or drain fluid out of your inner ear. If you are nearly or completely deaf in the affected ear, your doctor may consider removing the inner ear (a labyrinthectomy). This may control the dizziness, but will cause total deafness in that ear.

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    The symptoms of Meniere's disease (such as vertigo, deafness, or noise in the ears) can mimic those of other disorders, so it's important to see a doctor to find out exactly what you have. For example, vertigo - a spinning, dizzy feeling - can also be a sign of a brain tumor, stroke, or several other problems.

    Meniere's disease cannot be cured, but your doctor may be able to alleviate your symptoms. Medicine may ease the dizziness, nausea, and ear pressure that occur with Meniere's disease. Hearing aids can also help with hearing loss. If these treatments fail, surgery may help.

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    Meniere's disease cannot be cured at this time. However, sometimes it does go away on its own. Treatment for the disease usually centers on relieving its symptoms and the inner ear fluid imbalance that causes them.

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    Alternative therapies such as hypnosis and acupuncture are not widely recommended for Meniere's disease. However, anxiety and stress can aggravate the symptoms of Meniere's disease, so therapies that reduce stress may help. Your doctor might recommend that you quit smoking, cut caffeine and MSG out of your diet, and control salt intake for the same reason.

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    Meniere's disease cannot be cured, but the symptoms can often be treated. Medications may be taken by mouth to relieve vertigo, dizziness, and nausea. In some cases, drugs may be injected into the ears, or ear surgery may be necessary to ease vertigo.

    A hearing aid may help with hearing loss. Dietary changes may also help. Your doctor may recommend that you control your salt intake and cut out MSG, caffeine and nicotine entirely, as these may aggravate Meniere's disease.