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What is vertigo?
Vertigo is a term used to describe a feeling of spinning or dizziness in the head that occurs when the head is moved. Some people with vertigo feel like they are spinning around while their surroundings are staying still. For other people it may feel like their …
Are there different types of vertigo?
Vertigo can usually be classified into two groups: peripheral vertigo and central vertigo. Peripheral vertigo is caused by a problem with the inner ear, which is the part of your body that controls balance, whereas central vertigo is due to a problem …
How is vertigo diagnosed?
To diagnose vertigo, a doctor will usually ask you questions about your medical history and symptoms, and give you a physical exam. During the physical exam the doctor may check blood pressure and look for problems with vision or abnormal eye movements. They may …
How is vertigo treated?
The treatment for vertigo usually depends on what is causing it and how bad it is. Simple procedures can be performed to reposition inner ear crystals so that they stop causing vertigo. If it is caused by an inner ear infection, then steroids may be useful.
Who gets vertigo?
Vertigo can affect anyone, but women and people who are elderly are more at risk. People who have experienced vertigo before, or who are taking certain medications, including sedatives and medication for high blood pressure, are also more likely to experience vertigo.
Is vertigo serious?
While vertigo itself is not very serious, the feeling of spinning can cause some people to lose their balance and fall over, which may lead to injuries. Vertigo can also be a sign of some serious conditions, including brain disorders.
What is positional vertigo?
Positional vertigo is when a change in the position of your head causes the sensation of vertigo. This most common form is a condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. If someone with this condition lies down with their affected ear toward the floor, …
What is the difference between vertigo and dizziness?
Vertigo is a feeling of spinning when you are actually standing still. Dizziness is a word that is often used to cover a range of symptoms. Some people may describe the sensation of vertigo as feeling dizzy. It is also often used to …
About this article
Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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