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A sensation of lightheadedness, unsteadiness, turning, spinning or rocking

Symptoms of Dizziness

The following features are indicative of Dizziness:
  • false sense of motion or spinning
  • lightheadedness
  • feeling faint
  • unsteadiness or a loss of balance
  • feeling of dizziness, floating or heavy-headedness
  • motion sickness

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Common Causes of Dizziness

The following are the most common causes of Dizziness:
  • inner ear disturbance
  • motion sickness
  • benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Meniere's disease
  • labyrinthitis

Other Causes of Dizziness

The following are the less common causes of Dizziness:
  • poor circulation
  • infection
  • injury
  • neurological conditions
  • anxiety disorders
  • low iron levels
  • low blood sugar
  • overheating
  • stroke
  • brain tumors
  • brain injury
  • multiple sclerosis
  • migraines

Risk Factors for Dizziness

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Dizziness:
  • past episode of dizziness
  • environmental factors
  • psychogenic factors
  • older age

Prevention of Dizziness

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Dizziness. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid sudden changes in posture
  • get up slowly from a lying position slowly
  • when standing, make sure you have something to hold on
  • when symptoms occur, keep still and rest
  • avoid sudden movements or position changes

Occurrence of Dizziness

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Dizziness cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Dizziness can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Dizziness can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Dizziness

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Dizziness:
  • Physical exam: To diagnose the signs and symptoms of dizziness
  • Eye movement testing: To check the path of eyes when patient track a moving object
  • Head movement testing: To verify the diagnosis of vertigo
  • Posturography: To check which part of the balance system is giving problems
  • Rotary-chair testing: In this test, patient sit on a computer-controlled chair which moves very slowly in a full circle

Doctor for Diagnosis of Dizziness

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Dizziness:
  • Otolaryngologist
  • Neurologist

Complications of Dizziness if untreated

Yes, Dizziness causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Dizziness is left untreated:
  • increased risk of falling and injuries
  • can be fatal

Procedures for Treatment of Dizziness

The following procedures are used to treat Dizziness:
  • Labyrinthectomy: To remove inner ear sense organ in severe conditions

Self-care for Dizziness

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Dizziness:
  • Prevent losing balance: Avoid falling and serious injury causing conditions
  • Fall-proof home: Remove tripping hazards at home
  • Avoid using caffeine, alcohol, salt and tobacco: Use of these products may worsen the symptoms
  • Eat a healthy diet: Keep the stress levels low

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Dizziness

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Dizziness:
  • Head position maneuvers: Helps in resolving benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Balance therapy: Helps in making balance system less sensitive to motion
  • Psychotherapy: Help people whose dizziness is caused by anxiety disorders

Time for Treatment of Dizziness

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Dizziness to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 week

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Dizziness.

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