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Dizziness

Facts and definition of dizziness

  • Dizziness is a common description for many different feelings. Some people may refer to it as giddiness, or a "dizzy spell."
  • Vertigo is similar to, but not the same as, dizziness, and it describes a spinning sensation of a person's surroundings, usually caused by head movement or positioning. Several diseases of the balance organs of the inner ear can cause vertigo, or it may be a symptom of a tumor or stroke.
  • Causes of dizziness include
  • Signs and symptoms of dizziness include lightheadedness, feeling faint or passing out, spinning, whirling, or motion - either of themselves or of the surroundings, weakness, tiredness, confusion, feeling off balance, headache or head pressure, chest pain or tightness, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Dizziness may be a symptom of a condition or disease that is something more dangerous and should always be discussed with a doctor.
  • Medical treatment for dizziness depends on the underlying cause and should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • The prognosis for dizziness depends on the cause. Most causes of dizziness are harmless, and the problem goes away on its own. Sometimes dizziness will be the only symptom of serious disease, the course of which may be life-threatening or be easily treatable.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/19/2016

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