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What is Meniere's disease?

We all experience dizziness from time to time, but what happens when the feeling doesn’t go away?

Chronic dizziness could be a sign of Meniere’s disease, a condition of the inner ear that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo. It can occur in anyone but usually affects people in their 40s and 50s.

Symptoms of Meniere’s disease include temporary hearing loss, ringing in the ears or a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear.  To treat these symptoms, doctors typically prescribe motion sickness or anti-nausea medications.

Doctors may also treat Meniere’s disease with diuretics to reduce the amount of fluid and pressure in the ear or steroid injections to control vertigo attacks.  

In extreme cases, doctors may recommend surgery.

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Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's Senior Managing Editor for Health News. Prior to this position, Alvarez was a FNC medical contributor. Click here more information on Dr. Manny's work with Hackensack University Medical Center. Visit for more.