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Dizziness - symptom, Treatment of Dizziness

Dizziness Information

The term may decribe faintness or vertigo or pedicular head sensations Dizziness is also known as vertigo. Dizziness is lightheaded, spinning and gliddy. Alternatively, dizziness may be used to describe a swaying sensation, or a feeling of weakness, faintness, light-headedness or unsteadiness. Dizziness is a medically indistinct term which laypersons use to describe a variety of conditions such as lightheadedness, unsteadiness, and vertigo. Episodes of rotational dizziness are triggered when the person's head is moved into specific positions. It usually occurs when lying down in bed or when the head is tilted backwards. This feeling of imbalance or dysequilibrium, without a sensation of turning or spinning, is sometimes due to an inner ear problem. Dizziness is one of the most common reasons older adults visit their doctors. Although it may be disabling and incapacitating, dizziness rarely signals a serious, life-threatening condition. Treatment of dizziness depends on the cause and your symptoms.

Rotational dizziness in elderly people may result from interruption of the blood supply to the base of the brain. Most cases of dizziness and motion sickness are mild and self-treatable disorders. But, severe cases and those that become progressively worse, deserve the attention of a physician with specialized skills in diseases of the ear, nose, throat, equilibrium, and neurological systems. The word "dizzy" is used to describe everything from feeling faint or lightheaded to feeling weak or unsteady. Dizziness that creates the sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving is called vertigo. Some people experience dizziness and/or vertigo attacks when they are exposed to foods or airborne particles (such as dust, molds, pollens, danders, etc.) to which they are allergic.

Cuases of Dizziness

Causes of Dizziness are Anemia , Brain Tumor (Cancer) , Deafness, Hearing Loss , Fainting , Meniere Disease , Migraine Headache , Motion Sickness , Otitis Media , Stroke

These factors help us maintain position and balance -

  • the vestibular sysstem: made up of the internal ear and its connecting nerve to the brain
  • the visual system: through messahes from the retina to the brain
  • the skin, joint and muscle receptors that send information to the brain.

What Can I Do To Reduce Dizziness?

  • Avoid rapid changes in position , especially from lying down to standing up or turning around from one side to the other.
  • Avoid extremes of head motion (especially looking up) or rapid head motion (especially turning or twisting).
  • Eliminate or decrease use of products that impair circulation , e.g. nicotine, caffeine, and salt.
  • Minimize your exposure to circumstances that precipitate your dizziness , such as stress and anxiety or substances to which you are allergic.
  • Avoid hazardous activities when you are dizzy, such as driving an automobile or operating dangerous equipment, or climbing a step ladder, etc.

Dizziness Treatment

Most cases of dizziness respond to medical treatment that your doctor will prescribe.

  • bed rest of at least half an hour
  • do not do self medicine
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