A diet low in sodium, caffeine, and alcohol may reduce swelling and pressure that causes Meniere’s symptoms. Quitting smoking may also help.
Balance exercises can help your brain compensate for your damaged balance mechanism. This special form of physical therapy trains your body to make up for inner ear dysfunction, helps you feel steadier on your feet, and reduces the risk of falling.
Your doctor may prescribe medications to address immediate symptoms or prevent future episodes. These may include diuretics (which reduce fluid retention), motion sickness drugs, and anti-nausea medications.
Inner Ear Perfusions
Direct delivery of medications to the inner ear may help reduce symptoms associated with Meniere’s disease. It could take months before you notice results. The doctor will numb your eardrum before injecting the medication, so pain is minimal. Typically, a series of steroid (dexamethasone) injections is the first option. If that fails, ENT specialists may opt for a series of antibiotic (gentamicin) injections. The goal of this medication is to purposefully disable balance nerves that cause vertigo.