Hearing Concerns

Vertigo

Vertigo is more of a symptom, not a condition or a disease. People who are diagnosed with vertigo often feel like they are out of balance and have the perception that the room is spinning around. Vertigo needs to be managed or treated because it can put a person at risk for falls and accidents.

In some cases, vertigo is associated with an inner ear infection or an injury in the inner ear.

What can trigger vertigo?

Vertigo is commonly triggered by a problem with how balance works inside the inner ear. However, vertigo can also be caused by issues in certain parts of the brain affecting balance and movement. 

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is also closely associated with vertigo. With BBPV, certain head movements can trigger vertigo along with other symptoms like severe headaches and tension migraine.

When calcium builds up in the inner ear canals, BBPV can occur. This can cause brief episodes of dizziness that can last from 20 seconds to a minute. While the dizzy episodes may be short, they can be a high risk for accidents especially when the person is in a public place or driving.

Vertigo Symptoms

Vertigo can manifest as a feeling of spinning, swaying, tilting, or generally being off-balance. Other symptoms that can manifest with vertigo include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Nystagmus (abnormal or jerking eye movements)
  • Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears)
  • Hearing loss

If you are experiencing nausea and frequent episodes of dizziness, seek medical attention right away because these symptoms are also linked to high blood pressure.

Will vertigo go away on its own?

In most cases, vertigo can go away on its own. However, a thorough checkup is needed to ensure that you get the correct treatment to successfully manage vertigo.

When to see a doctor?

When vertigo is very persistent and frequent to the point that it is affecting your quality of life, then it’s time to see a doctor. Since the symptoms of vertigo can overlap with other medical conditions, a medical history will be performed and various tests will be carried out to confirm or rule out any other illness(es) that could be present.

Vertigo Treatments

While most vertigo cases improve over time without requiring any treatment or medication, some patients need anti-dizziness or anti-nausea medications. Other medicines like antihistamines and prochlorperazine can help in the early stages of vertigo. 

Vestibular rehabilitation training (VRT) is also a popular treatment for vertigo. VRT sessions include a series of exercises to manage balance problems and dizziness. Studies have shown that VRT has significantly helped patients with vertigo with just a few sessions.

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