Many of us often feel dizzy or lightheaded when we stand up too fast or spin around quickly. Vertigo is different. It is a persistant dizziness, where it feels like the room is spinning but you are actually standing still.

Vertigo is a feeling of intense dizziness. It can be accompanied by sweating, nausea, vomiting, earache, blurred vision, and lightheadednes. A person experiencing vertigo may have trouble walking or standing.

Vertigo is often indicative of an inner ear issue. The system of canals in the inner ear can become inflamed, offsetting the balance mechanisms. Vertigo may also be caused by a problem with the nerves that connect the inner ear to the brain or a problem with the brain itself.

Treatments for vertigo depend upon the cause and severity. If your Ear, Nose, and Throat professional diagnoses you with Labyrinthitis, inflammation of the inner ear canals, he or she may prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection.

If you just occasionally experience bouts of dizziness, your physician may be able to recommend things you can do to reduce the spells, such as sleeping with your head slightly elevated, avoiding bending your head down, and moving your head or neck quickly.

If you are experiencing severe vertigo, it’s best to seek medical assistance immediately to ensure there’s no lasting damage to your inner ear.

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