How Can I Stop Dizziness?

Reviewed on 6/6/2022
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Home remedies and treatments to prevent dizziness may include drinking adequate fluids, lying down, standing up slowly, a healthy and balanced diet, eating regular meals, regular exercise, getting plenty of rest, not smoking, medications to treat an underlying condition, intravenous (IV) fluids to treat dehydration, fever reducers, and others.

Dizziness is a description of many different sensations, including lightheadedness, unsteadiness, wooziness, and feeling off-balance.

Vertigo is a cause of dizziness, though it describes a spinning sensation of a person's surroundings, usually caused by head movement or positioning. 

18 Ways to Prevent Dizziness

Treatment to stop feeling dizzy depends on the cause. Dizziness can be a symptom of many different underlying conditions and each condition must be treated differently. 

Home treatments to stop feeling dizzy in mild cases include:

  • Drink adequate fluids
  • Lie down 
  • Stand up slowly
  • Consume a healthy, balanced diet
  • Eat regular meals
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Don’t smoke

Treatment for some conditions that cause dizziness may include:

  • Medications to treat an underlying condition
  • Intravenous (IV) fluids to treat dehydration
  • Fever reducers 
  • Medications to treat infections
  • If dizziness is caused by medications, it may be treated by stopping the medicine or modifying the dosage or regimen 
    • Don’t stop taking a prescribed medication without first talking to your doctor
  • Oxygen for shortness of breath or hyperventilation
  • Epley maneuver for vertigo
  • Medications to control the spinning feeling (vertigo) associated with dizziness
  • Emergency blood transfusion
  • Surgery 

What Are Symptoms of Dizziness?

Symptoms of dizziness may be described as: 

  • Lightheadedness or actual fainting
  • Weakness 
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Clumsiness
  • Feeling off balance
  • Feeling a sensation of movement, spinning, rocking, or whirling, of themselves or the room (possible vertigo)

Dizziness may be accompanied by other symptoms such as:

Call 911 or go to a hospital’s emergency department right away (do not drive yourself) if dizziness is associated with:

  • Signs of a heart attack
  • Signs of a stroke
    • Facial droop
    • Slurred speech
    • Weakness on one side of the body
    • Inability to walk straight 
  • History of heart disease
  • Loss of consciousness, fainting, or nearly fainting
  • Fever 
  • Pale skin

What Causes Dizziness?

Dizziness is caused by a wide variety of conditions, including: 

How Is Dizziness Diagnosed?

The cause of dizziness is diagnosed with a patient history and physical examination. Tests used to help determine the cause of dizziness may include:

Reviewed on 6/6/2022
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