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Thousands of people suffer from this troublesome disease that affects the inner ear. Major symptoms include constant ringing in the ears and vertigo (dizziness). The disease is caused by overproduction of fluid in the inner ear but the reason for this is not understood. Theories include food allergies and spasms of the blood vessels, and problems with the immune system.
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Allergy: Hypersensitivity caused by exposure to a particular antigen (allergen), resulting in an increased reactivity to that antigen on subsequent exposure, sometimes with harmful immunologic consequences.
Diuretic: An agent increasing urine flow, causing the kidneys to excrete more than the usual amount of sodium, potassium and water.
Immune System: A complex that protects the body from disease organisms and other foreign bodies. The system includes the humoral immune response and the cell-mediated response. The immune system also protects the body from invasion by making local barriers and inflammation.
Meniere's Disease: An affliction of the middle ear characterized by vertigo, nausea, vomiting, tinnitus and progressive deafness.
Vertigo: The sensation of spinning or whirling; a state in which you or your surroundings seem to whirl dizzily.