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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 1992 Feb;25(1):213-24.

Ménière's syndrome and allergy.

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House Ear Clinic and House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, California.


The role of allergic and autoimmune factors in both the production and amplification of symptoms of Ménière's disease has yet to be clearly defined. Reasons to suspect an allergic factor influencing Ménière's disease include a relationship with symptoms to seasons or a suspect food, a known history of allergy in a Ménière's patient, bilaterality of symptoms, and refractoriness to the usual medical and surgical treatments. The majority of patients tested in this study were found to have rather low levels of sensitivity to inhalant allergens as measured by SET, and to have food reactions to very common "hidden" foods that are frequently ingested in the diet. By proper recognition and treatment of the underlying allergic factors affecting Ménière's disease, significant clinical improvement may be obtained even in longstanding or refractory cases.

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