Meniere’s Disease | Overview

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What is Meniere's disease?

Meniere's (say: "men-ears") disease is a problem with your inner ear. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it may be related to a build up of fluid in the inner ear. Although it can be troublesome, Meniere's disease is not contagious, and it isn't fatal.

Although Meniere’s disease is a chronic (ongoing) problem, people who have Meniere's disease don't have symptoms all the time. When symptoms occur, it's called an "attack." Attacks may happen often, or only sometimes. Attacks may last from 20 minutes to 2 hours or longer. Meniere's disease usually occurs in only one ear, although some people who have the disease have problems in both ears.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00

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