Dizziness

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Dizziness2017-10-05T19:19:25+00:00

Dizziness is used to describe a range of sensations including feeling lightheaded, faint, and unsteady. It is a common feeling that can originate from many different underlying causes. A sudden spell of dizziness can be frightening but is not always serious. If one’s balance is affected, it is best to sit down so as to avoid a fall.

Causes

  •     • Allergies
  •     • Medications
  •     • Aging – dizziness is much more common in older individuals
  •     • Illnesses such as cold and flu
  •     • Anxiety
  •     • Blood Pressure
  •     • Dehydration
  •     • Substance use
  •     • Heart Disease
  •     • Pregnancy
  •     • Other more serious illnesses or diseases can also cause dizziness

A short spell of dizziness is usually not a serious concern. Some may experience this from simply standing up too quickly. It can often be attributed to a drop in blood pressure. However, an extended bout of dizziness or multiple episodes can be cause for concern.

Symptoms

  •     • Feeling as if you or the room are spinning
  •     • Lightheadedness
  •     • Fainting
  •     • Confusion
  •     • Weakness
  •     • Nausea or vomiting
  •     • Feeling off balance

Treatment

The treatment of dizziness is dependent upon the underlying cause. Because one’s balance will be affected, it is best to sit down immediately to avoid a fall. Resting and drinking plenty of fluids will often help for short-term dizzy spells. If the problem is more long-term, blood pressure or other medications could be necessary to deal with the source of the problem. The professionals at Urgent Specialist have the knowledge, skills, and tools to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of dizziness. If you are experiencing dizziness, do not drive, but have a friend or family member drive you to the health provider.