Vertigo & Dizziness

Vertigo & Dizziness

Vertigo & Dizziness
Vertigo is a feeling that you are spinning or that your surroundings are spinning around you. There are two main types of vertigo. Peripheral vertigo affects the parts of the inner ear responsible for balance and perceiving motion. Central vertigo cases are linked to disorders and diseases that affect the brain or brain stem. An episode of vertigo and ringing in the ears could indicate a condition called Meniere's disease. Dizziness is a common problem that can increase with age. It may also be caused by dehydration, poor eating habits, fatigue or stress. See your doctor to rule out any concerns. Learn more about preventing and treating dizziness and vertigo with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    Vertigo and dizziness caused by motion sickness or alcohol consumption can be prevented. Treating ear infections, viral infections, and colds immediately can help prevent vertigo and dizziness. Dizziness triggered by dehydration, poor eating habits, fatigue, and anxiety disorders can also be prevented with lifestyle changes and in some cases medication. Vertigo and dizziness that is linked to a disorder or disease affecting the brain is difficult to prevent.

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    Vertigo and dizziness that is caused by motion sickness can sometimes be prevented. Treating ear infections, viral infections, colds, and other disorders that affect your ears, balance, and vision can help prevent vertigo and dizziness. Dizziness triggered by dehydration, poor eating habits, fatigue, or stress can also be prevented with lifestyle changes. Eating a well-balanced diet and regular exercise are the best ways to help prevent disorders and diseases that can cause vertigo and dizziness.

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    Vertigo and dizziness that is caused by motion sickness can sometimes be prevented. Treating ear infections, viral infections, colds, and other disorders that affect your ears, balance, and vision can help prevent vertigo and dizziness. Dizziness triggered by dehydration, poor eating habits, fatigue, or stress can also be prevented with lifestyle changes. Eating a well-balanced diet and regular exercise are the best ways to help prevent disorders and diseases that can cause peripheral vertigo and dizziness.

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    Vertigo and dizziness that is caused by motion sickness can sometimes be prevented. Treating ear infections, viral infections, colds, and other disorders that affect your ears, balance, and vision can help prevent vertigo and dizziness. Dizziness triggered by dehydration, poor eating habits, fatigue, or stress can also be prevented with lifestyle changes. Eating a well-balanced diet and regular exercise are the best ways to help prevent disorders and diseases that can cause vertigo and dizziness.

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    Because central vertigo is linked to a disorder or disease in the brain, central vertigo can only be prevented by preventing these brain conditions. Dizziness triggered by dehydration, poor eating habits, fatigue, or stress can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Vertigo and dizziness cannot be prevented unless the underlying cause is diagnosed.

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    When people get vertigo attacks, they feel as if the world is spinning. Nausea and anxiety follow. Although these dizzy spells may last only 30 seconds to 2 minutes, they're discombobulating.

    People who get hit with benign positional vertigo can't be sure of what's up or what's down. For the more than 160,000 North Americans diagnosed with vertigo every year, that makes it hard to drive (you never know when an attack might hit) or feel comfortable with physical activity (just tilting your head can trigger a dizzy spell).
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    You will likely first see your primary care physician to see if these symptoms may be related to an endocrinologic problem such as diabetes or thyroid disorder, or potentially cardiac in origin such as an arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation. If there is a sense of the room spinning or rotational movement, this is called vertigo which can be better evaluated by a neurologist.
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    The most common syndrome of dizziness is what doctors refer to as “instability” -- a sensation of unsteadiness that occurs only when people are upright. They feel as though they are losing their balance or might stumble and often need to hold onto furniture or touch the walls when moving. They cannot walk in a straight line.

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    The type of dizziness called instability may have multiple causes and is often due to neurological disease. Poor vision, peripheral neuropathy and cerebrovascular disease are common findings with this condition. Alcohol and a variety of medications, including pain relievers, tranquilizers, antidepressants and other drugs, may play a contributing role. Normal aging changes in posture and nerve function, combined with disease or medication, can also cause instability.
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    Vertigo and dizziness are not life-threatening. Complications due to vertigo and dizziness such as loss of balance and falling can cause injuries. Other symptoms, like loss of hearing can have long-term effects. To prevent complications and decrease risk of injury, the cause of your vertigo and dizziness should be diagnosed and treated.