Dizziness is a sense of unsteadiness. It alters your sense of balance and may increase your risk of falling. Your body involves many parts like the brain, eyes, inner ear, and feet nerves that function together to keep you balanced. When any part of this system gets off, you may feel dizzy. Alexandria dizziness can indicate a severe condition like stroke and can be dangerous if it leads to a fall. You may feel lightheaded, nauseous, unsteady, or faint when dizzy. Dizziness is treatable based on the cause. There are many causes of dizziness, and below are some.
Vertigo is a form of dizziness where you feel like you are spinning or your room is moving around you. The sensation gets worse when you move your head. Vertigo indicates a problem in your inner year or part of the brainstem governing balance. Meniere’s disease, labyrinthitis, certain antibiotics, multiple sclerosis, and vestibular migraine are common causes of vertigo.
Inflammation of ear nerves can cause vertigo. It can be vestibular neuritis, the inflammation of your vestibular nerve, or labyrinthitis, the inflammation of the vestibular and cochlear nerve. An infection causes both problems. In most cases, viral infections lead to inflammation. When you have an ear infection, dizziness often occurs suddenly, and your ears may ring, making it hard to hear. If the infection results from bacteria, your doctor may recommend antibiotics. Doctors recommend medications to manage symptoms of viral infections.
Meniere causes intense periods of vertigo and may last for hours. You can experience pressure in one year, ringing in your ears, hearing loss, and nausea. After the attack passes, you may feel exhausted. Patients with Meniere’s disease have too much fluid in the inner ear. Doctors do not know what causes the condition, and it does not have a cure. Your doctor can manage Meniere through diet changes and medications to control dizziness.
Dizziness can indicate a problem with your blood flow. Your brain requires a steady supply of oxygen-rich blood to function appropriately. If oxygen-rich blood is insufficient, you can become lightheaded and faint. Low blood flow to your brain may result from blood clots, clogged arteries, heart failure, or irregular heartbeat. Ensure you get immediate medical care if you experience dizziness and faint or lose consciousness.
Your body loses a lot of water daily through sweating, breathing, and peeing. You may become dehydrated if you do not drink enough water to replace the lost fluids. When you become extremely dehydrated, your blood pressure may drop, and your brain may not get sufficient oxygen, leading to dizziness. Thirstiness, tiredness, and dark urine are other symptoms of dehydration.
Some medications can lead to dizziness. Drugs that can lead to dehydration include anti-depressants, sedatives, anti-seizure medications, some antibiotics, and blood pressure medicine. If you experience dizziness after taking these medications, contact your healthcare provider. Sometimes your doctor will discuss the side effects of these drugs in your appointment.
Dizziness is a sense of instability. It can result from vertigo, infection, Meniere’s disease, dehydration, circulation issues, and certain medications. Schedule an appointment at Integrated Neurology Services for dizziness treatment to improve your quality of life.