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Hearing and Balance

Dizziness causes you to feel unstable or sense the room is spinning. There are many reasons that dizziness occurs, and for proper treatment, a doctor must ascertain the cause of the condition. Dizziness can occur for a number of reasons, but is present in people with persistent allergies. Finding the right treatment for dizziness depends on diagnosing the proper cause.

Causes and concerns

Dizziness is a feeling of light-headedness or sensation of spinning or unsteadiness. You may sometimes feel as though you cannot keep your balance, or you may feel like you are going to fall to the ground. A common type of dizziness is called vertigo. Vertigo is the sensation that you or your surrounding environment is moving. Motion sickness is another type of dizziness that occurs when riding in a car or moving vehicle.

There are quite a few different reasons that you may experience dizziness. These include:

  • Anxiety: A panic attack or symptoms of anxiety can make you feel lightheaded and off balance.
  • Inner ear disturbance: Whether a buildup of earwax or fluid, disruptions to the inner ear can impede the balance center.
  • Neurological diseases: Diseases that involve the nervous system can throw off your balance.
  • Circulation: Poor blood circulation to your brain leads to a sensation of dizziness. You can also get light headed if you quickly stand up from a lying down or sitting position, because your body moves faster than the blood flow.

Symptoms and signs

If you experience any chest pains, confusion, a stiff neck, a fever over 101 degrees or dizziness after you hit your head, seek medical attention immediately. If you experience hearing loss associated with dizziness or if this is your first time being dizzy, consider consulting one of our ear, nose and throat specialist, as this could be an indication of a more serious problem. Common symptoms that occur along with dizziness from persistent allergies include:

  • Nasal drainage and congestion
  • Headaches
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sneezing or coughing

Solutions and options

When you visit the doctor for your dizziness, he or she will ask you a series of questions to help determine what may be causing your dizziness. The doctor will also conduct a physical examination and some tests, such as checking your blood pressure, imaging, and allergy testing. Because dizziness can be caused by so many different things, the doctor must find out the exact cause of your problem.

Treatment typically includes medications to eliminate the cause of dizziness. The medications are taken on a daily basis and provide relief for the dizziness. In some cases, the doctor may request that you take balance classes and do balancing exercises. These exercises can help to minimize your dizziness symptoms and may help improve your overall balance.

Tips for avoiding dizziness

There are some things that you can do to avoid becoming dizzy. These tips may help to minimize the chance of you experiencing dizziness, but they do not replace medical treatment. Use these tips as a guide to help you avoid becoming dizzy. They include:

  • Avoid reading while in a vehicle
  • Avoid rapid head motions
  • Avoid quick changes in positions
  • Seek treatment for any ear or sinus infections
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid sitting backwards in vehicles

Dizziness can occur at any time and with anybody. There is not always an underlying cause of motion sickness or dizziness. Many Americans suffer from some form of dizziness in their lifetime. Most cases of dizziness are mild and do not necessarily require extensive treatment. Many people with persistent allergies suffer from reoccurring dizziness. Dizziness may be prevented or treated by following certain tips and also seeking medical care. Consult one of our caring ENT specialists today to discuss a solution to your symptoms.