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|What is Meniere's Disease?
Meniere's disease is an idiopathic (the cause is unknown) ear disorder named after Prosper Meniere. In 1861, Meniere, an ancient French physician first described a certain syndrome of ear disorders whence origin is not understood. The disorder was then named Meniere's disease.
In definition, Meniere's disease is an inflammation of the inner ear and vestibulocochlear that usually lasts for a long period of time. Meniere's disease affects both the hearing and balance functions of the ear. Meniere's disease often affects one ear but may sometimes affect both ears, especially if not treated.
Although most cases of Meniere's disease are not heredity, few sufferers have a family history of Meniere's disease.
Meniere's disease has symptoms similar to most ear disorders, hence self diagnosis is almost impossible. It is advisable that you visit a qualified medical professional for diagnosis and treatment options.
|What causes Meniere's Disease?
The reason why the disease was called Meniere's disease is because the origin of the cause of this disease is unknown. Studies had been conducted to find out if there are any viruses involved in the origin of this disease, but the result was unclear.
There is still no clear evidence of the cause of Meniere's disease, but certain factors that are thought to contribute to the development of Meniere's disease:
- Allergies that affect the inner ear
- Excess fluids in the inner ear
- Viral infection
- Autoimmune reaction
- Tobacco smoke
- Swollen ear tissues
- Too salty foods
It is also believed that Meniere's disease can also be caused by certain brain disorders. However, scientists are still researching other possible causes of Meniere's disease such as viral infection, environmental and biological factors.
|What are the symptoms of Meniere's Disease?
The basic pain of Meniere's disease is caused by pain in the inner ear region that may even extend to the area of the neck. Other symptoms include:
- Vomiting and sweating
- Fullness in the ear
- Hearing loss
Other symptoms of Meniere's disease that are often associated with aging include the following:
- Extreme tiredness
- Stiffness in the neck
- Memory loss
- Loss of equilibrium