Dizziness

What is dizziness?

Dizziness can be described in many ways, such as feeling lightheaded, unsteady, or feeling a floating sensation.  Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness experienced as an illusion of movement of one’s self or the environment.  Dizziness and/or vertigo all effect the sense of balance and equilibrium.

What causes dizziness?

Feeling dizzy can be caused by many factors such as poor circulation, inner ear disease, anxiety, medication usage, injury, infection, allergies, and/or neurological disease.

How can I avoid getting dizzy?

  • avoid rapid head motion (especially turning or twisting)
  • avoid rapid changes in position
  • eliminate or decrease use of products that impair circulation, e.g., tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, and salt
  • minimize stress and avoid substances to which you are allergic
  • keep well hydrated
  • treat infections, including ear infections, colds, flu, sinus congestion, and other respiratory infections

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