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In the first 2 to 3 days

For the first 2 to 3 days of vestibular neuritis when vertigo symptoms are most intense, bed rest and keeping your head still may make the vertigo easier to cope with.

If your vertigo lasts longer

If the vertigo symptoms last more than a few days, you may want to try the Brandt-Daroff exercise for vertigo. For this exercise, you move your head and body slowly from side to side. Activity may help the brain ignore false signals of motion more quickly. It is especially important to move your head as you normally would and to avoid holding it completely still, so that your body can adjust. Bed rest may help prevent attacks of vertigo, but it usually increases the time it takes for the body to adjust.

There are also balance exercises you can do at home to help control your vertigo. For more information, see:

Vertigo: Balance exercises.
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Last Updated: August 18, 2009
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