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What is Meniere's disease?

Q&A with Dr. Manny: My good friend was just diagnosed with Meniere's disease. What is that?


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 health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. For more information on Dr. Manny's work, visit AskDrManny.com.