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Understanding Dizziness: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

understanding dizziness symptoms causes and treatment
HWC Team
April09/ 2016


When you experience a situation of being lightheaded and unstable physically, dizziness is said to occur. It is a common feeling and is rarely a serious issue. You can heal the problem of dizziness by finding out its cause and seeking the right treatment. However, complications can occur if the issue seems to be severe.

For example, when you happen to drive a vehicle and suddenly feel dizzy and unbalanced, you should immediately stop your vehicle. Halt to recover from the dizziness and commence your journey only when you feel steady. To understand and cure dizziness, it is important to know its symptoms, causes and treatment.

Symptoms of Dizziness

The symptoms of dizziness can last for minutes, hours or even days. The most common symptoms of feeling dizzy are as follows:

  • Lightheadedness: This condition arises when you feel weak and fainting occurs. Additionally you may experience nausea, perspiration uncontrollably and indistinct vision for some time.
  • Vertigo: When you feel a spinning motion and tend to vomit, this symptom of dizziness is known as vertigo.
  • Dehydration or bleeding: When you stand suddenly after a long time, you might feel dizzy and this is usually due to dehydration. This symptom might not show up when you are lying down.
  • Other symptoms include headache, sweating, feeling of ringing in the ears or hearing loss, sensation of floating and heavy headedness

What Causes the Feeling of Dizziness?

Inner ear disorders, medications and alcohol are the primary reasons of feeling dizzy. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo occurs when small amount of calcium particles cling to the ear canals. The Meniere’s disease is responsible for the inner ear disorder as it builds up fluid and alters the ear pressure.

Other causes include heart attack, brain hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, dehydration, excessive exercise, motion sickness, anemia, reduction in blood volume, low blood pressure and blood volume, ear infection, low blood sugar, side effects of medications and nervousness complaints.

How can you Treat the Condition of Dizziness?

Understanding the cause of dizziness is very important to treat it. Sometimes it is observed that dizziness is cleared without any treatment. At other occasions, treatment is needed to cure the disorder. Some of the ways of treatment are as follows:

Vestibular Rehabilitation

This is a type of physical therapy that helps to strengthen the vestibular system. The system is an important part of your body since it sends signal to the brain about the movements of the head and body relative to gravity.

Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers

Experienced doctors and physical therapists will be able to guide you with various head and body movements for BPPV. Such therapy helps to remove the calcium deposits out of the ear canal into the inner ear chamber that further is absorbed by the body.

Medications

Intake of medicines allows relief from nausea. In order to cure infections, you should take antibiotics or steroids. This also reduces any type of swelling. Diuretics are recommended for Meniere’s diseases to reduce the pressure formation from the fluid accumulation.

Surgery

If you experience dizziness as a result of tumor or brain injury, then a surgery is recommended.

In case if you face the condition of dizziness often, consulting a doctor is necessary. Also, you should seek instant help if you experience dizziness along with a hearing loss, chest pain or even blurred vision.

HWC Team

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