Simple Home Remedy for Vertigo Works
Self-Treatment Can Improve Management of Condition, Study Shows
How to Do It continued...
- Turn your head 45 degrees to the left, if the vertigo is in the left ear, or to the right if it is in the right ear.
- Lie back quickly with shoulders on the pillow, neck extended, and head resting on the bed. In this position, the affected ear is underneath. Wait for 30 seconds.
- Turn your head 90 degrees to the right (without raising it), and wait again for 30 seconds.
With your head in its current alignment turn your whole body another 90 degrees to the right, and wait for another 30 seconds.
- Sit up on the right side.
The maneuver should be performed three times a day and repeated daily until there are no signs of vertigo for at least 24 hours.
Radtke and colleagues recommend the maneuver for patients who do not get relief after a first treatment by a doctor or therapist, and for those who have a recurrence of their vertigo. Roughly a third of patients have such recurrences within a year of treatment and half have recurrences within five years.
"It is still important for people who don't know why they are dizzy to see a doctor," University of Pittsburgh neurology and otolaryngology professor Joseph M. Furman, MD, PhD, tells WebMD. "But at-home treatment is certainly something that patients who have been treated before could try, either preventatively to avoid a recurrence or when they have recurrences."
Furman and Hain co-wrote an editorial accompanying the new study in which they concluded that at-home treatment is likely to become part of the routine management of BPPV.
"I encourage my patients to try it," Furman says. "If it works, great. If it doesn't then they should come to see me."