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Vertigo (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Any signs and symptoms of vertigo should be evaluated by a doctor. The majority of cases of vertigo are harmless. Although vertigo can be debilitating, most causes are easily treated with prescription medication. Have a doctor check any new signs and symptoms of vertigo to rule out rare, potentially serious, or life-threatening causes.

Certain signs and symptoms of vertigo may require evaluation in a hospital's emergency department, such as:

  • Double vision
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Abnormal eye movements
  • Altered level of consciousness, not acting appropriately, or difficulty arousing
  • Difficulty walking, lack of coordination, or weakness of the arms and/or legs
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2013

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