Treatments for inner ear problems

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Because disorders of the inner ear are varied, the treatments to help calm them are numerous as well. Oftentimes, solving a problem can be a simple proposition. Other times, it may involve specialised treatments or medications. In some instances, inner ear problems can be a sign of a larger, more complex condition. Consult a physician who can determine what a potential problem may be and how best to treat it.

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Ear Infection

More often than not, ear infections clear up on their own within a couple of weeks. Pain relievers can help relieve symptoms. Placing a warm washcloth or heating pad on the ear also works to alleviate problems. As with all ailments, getting proper rest is recommended as well. If the symptoms persist, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics. In less common cases, the infection is caused by a virus that can sometimes lead to minor surgery to help relieve built up fluids. In some people over the age of 50, recurrent infections could be a sign of Meniere's Disease which affects the inner ear.

Vertigo

In some instances, certain medications can lead to vertigo. In that case, treating the condition can be as easy as lowering the dosage or no longer taking the medication. In other instances, vertigo sufferers have undergone vestibular rehabilitation therapy or VRT. The therapy puts patients through a series of exercises that help the brain compensate for the conditions that cause vertigo. The therapy is also weighted based on the patient's age and physical health. The American Academy of Neurology has recently endorsed the Epley Maneuver as the most effective way to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). The treatment involves a series of head and body movements that can resettle small calcium ear crystals that reside in the ear and have fallen out of place and caused vertigo.

Meniere's Disease

Meniere's Disease is a disorder in the inner ear that can cause vertigo and hearing loss and is most commonly found in people over the age of 50. There is no cure for the disease, but since it is usually caused by a build-up in fluids, treatments generally involve a change in diet to reduce or eliminate salt intake. Eliminating alcohol and caffeine are also recommended. These steps reduce the body's retention of fluid. Avoiding tobacco use and reducing stress levels are also helpful.

Role of Antibiotics

Since some ear problems are caused by bacteria, antibiotics can be an effective method of treatment. However, it is recommended to consult with a doctor about particular symptoms and conditions. In some instances the solution may be simply rest and mild pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Holistic Treatments

There are several alternative methods that have been used to treat ear disorders. Before starting any holistic medicine program, consult a physician. Some holistic treatments can interact with medicines or have their own side effects. However, herbs like ginko biloba, vitamins like lemon bioflavonoids and treatments such as T'ai Chi and acupuncture have helped soothe patients symptoms.

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