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Meniere Disease

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is Meniere disease?

Meniere disease is a condition that affects the canals of the inner ear. The inner ear helps you hear and maintain your balance. Too much fluid may be produced, or there may not be enough fluid properly absorbed back into the body. This causes swelling and increased pressure in your inner ear.

Ear Anatomy

What causes Meniere disease?

The cause is unknown. The following may increase your risk:

What are the signs and symptoms of Meniere disease?

Signs and symptoms may last from minutes to a few days:

How is Meniere disease diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask what triggered your symptoms, when they started, and how long they lasted. He or she may also ask about your health history and medicines you take or have taken.

How is Meniere disease treated?

Treatment will depend on the condition causing your Meniere disease. The goal of treatment is to prevent, decrease, and manage your symptoms. Your healthcare provider may suggest that you rest and avoid certain activities. You may also need any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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