The Hangover that Never Ends

Do you ever look up and find the room constantly spinning? If so, you might be suffering from vertigo. Vertigo refers to a sense of spinning dizziness and usually occurs when there is an imbalance in the inner ear. Although it is more common in seniors, vertigo attacks can affect people of all ages.

There are a handful of different causes that may lead to vertigo. Usually caused by an infection, labyrinthitis, or an inflammation of the inner ear can affect your head’s sense of motion. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV) occurs when you rapidly change the position of your head, typically when lying down or sitting up quickly. Ménière’s syndrome, a buildup of fluid in the inner ear, may also lead to a vertigo attack.

Symptoms of Vertigo may include:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  •  Headaches
  • Ear Ringing
  • Inner Ear Pressure

Some types of vertigo may go away without treatment, while others may require more aggressive treatment. Each patient and each case is different, depending on the type of underlying cause. Routine tests will be done to determine the best treatment based on your symptoms. A few prevention tips are:

  • Avoid rapid changes in position
  • Avoid rapid head motion
  • Eliminate or decrease use of products that impair circulation
  • Minimize stress and avoid substances you are allergic to
  • Get enough fluids
  • Treat infections including ear infections colds, flu, and other respiratory infections

If you think you are suffering from vertigo, call the doctors at Alexandria ENT for a consultation.