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.
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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
What Are Symptoms of Dizziness?
Symptoms of dizziness may be described as:
- Lightheadedness or actual fainting
- 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:
What Causes Dizziness?
Dizziness is caused by a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Heart disease or blood pressure problems
- Brain diseases or conditions
- Certain medications
- Metabolic disorders
- Inner ear problems
- Psychiatric conditions
- Other illnesses
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:
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