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.
- Aging – dizziness is much more common in older individuals
- Illnesses such as cold and flu
- Blood Pressure
- Substance use
- Heart Disease
- 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.
- Feeling as if you or the room are spinning
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling off balance