Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) may go away in a few weeks by itself. If
treatment is needed, it usually consists of head exercises (Epley and Semont maneuvers). These exercises will move the particles out of the
semicircular canals of your
inner ear to a place where they will not cause vertigo.
Over time, your brain may react less and less to the confusing signals
triggered by the particles in the inner ear. This is called
compensation. Compensation occurs most quickly if you
continue normal head movements, even though doing so causes the whirling
Brandt-Daroff exercise may also be done to speed the
vestibular suppressants (such as
scopolamine) may be tried if your
symptoms are severe. But using medicines to control vertigo often extends the
time needed for compensation to occur.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 19, 2012
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