Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Certain self-care tactics can help reduce the impact of Meniere's disease. Consider these tips for use during an episode:

  • Sit or lie down when you feel dizzy. During an episode of vertigo, avoid things that can make your signs and symptoms worse, such as sudden movement, bright lights, watching television or reading.
  • Rest during and after attacks. Don't rush to return to your normal activities.
  • Be aware you might lose your balance. Falling could lead to serious injury. Use good lighting if you get up in the night. Consider walking with a cane for stability if you have chronic balance problems.
  • Avoid driving a car or operating heavy machinery if you have frequent episodes of vertigo. Doing so could lead to an accident and injury.

Lifestyle changes

Salt and stress can affect hearing and balance. To avoid triggering a vertigo attack, try the following.

  • Limit salt. Consuming foods and beverages high in salt can increase fluid retention. Aim for 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams of sodium each day and spread your salt intake evenly throughout the day.
  • Manage stress. Managing stress might lessen the severity of symptoms and help you cope with Meniere's disease. Psychotherapy can help you identify stressors and develop strategies for coping with your condition.
Nov. 26, 2015