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What is Vertigo and Dizziness?

Vertigo means the sensation of spinning. Dizziness is a vaguer term. Dizziness includes light-headedness and feeling faint. Vertigo and Dizziness often occur together.

Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when you are not actually moving. The "moving" is often described as a feeling of spinning or whirling. The "moving" feeling can also include sensations of falling or tilting. If you have vertigo, you may have difficulty walking or standing. If you stand, you may also lose your balance and fall.

Dizziness is a word that is often used to describe two different sensations. It is important to know exactly what you mean when you say, "I feel dizzy,". It is important to know exactly what you mean because it can help you and your doctor narrow down the list of possible problems.

Lightheadedness is a feeling that you are about to pass out. When you feel lightheaded, you may feel dizzy but there is no sensation of movement. Lightheadedness usually goes away or improves when you lie down. If lightheadedness does not go away and gets worse, it can lead to a feeling of almost fainting or fainting. Sometimes, nausea or vomiting symptoms accompany lightheadedness.

Dizziness and vertigo can occur at any age. However, it is more common among older adults.

What causes Vertigo and Dizziness?

There are many causes of vertigo and dizziness. Some of the most common causes are: viral infection, ear infection, congestion in the ear, an acute stroke, sinus attacks, drugs affecting the ear, tumors in the auditory nerve and neurological disease.

Symptoms of Vertigo and Dizziness

Some of the most common symptoms are: light-headedness when standing, and feeling faint.

Call your Doctor!

Vertigo can be a symptom of a serious problem. If vertigo suddenly appears with loss of function, confusion, loss of speech or sight, weakness in the arms or legs, or numbness in any part of the body, immediate medical attention is required. A stroke can be occurring.

How is Vertigo and Dizziness Treated?

Vertigo and dizziness are often symptoms of a larger problem. In order to treat the symptoms, the problem must be determined.

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