VERTIGO

Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder thought to be caused by a buildup of fluid and changing pressure in the ear. It can cause episodes of vertigo along with ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss.

Many people experience benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), especially as they age. Unlike Meniere’s Disease, where the cause is often unknown, BPPV is caused by gravity-sensing particles in the ear accidentally entering the spinning-motion sensors of the ear. The symptoms of BPPV can be relieved by maneuvers that relocate the particles.

Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis is an inner ear problem usually related to infection (usually viral). The infection causes inflammation in the inner ear around nerves that are important for helping the body sense balance.

COMMON TRIGGERS for BPPV:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Dehydration
  • Migraines
  • Lack of sleep
  • Allergies
  • Viral infections
  • Ear infections
  • Salt

HOME REMEDIES:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink half your weight in ounces of plain water daily.
  • Get a good night sleep. Lack of sleep is one of the reasons that lead to vertigo.
  • Drink ginger tea or eat a piece of raw ginger. This will help to control nausea, associated with vertigo.
  • There are a few exercises that may be helpful:
    • Half-somersault maneuver
    • Brandt-Daroff exercises
  • Homeopatheic remedies for vertigo
  • Cranial Sacral treatment (massage therapist)
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Essential oils
    • Peppermint – may be beneficial for queasiness and pain
    • Lavender – calming and relaxation
    • Ginger – nauesiness
    • Frankincense – calming
    • MOTION Inhaler – combination of these of oils, helpful for motion sickness.  Use frequently.  Repeat as needed for comfort.

*For educational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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