Facts and definition of dizziness
- Dizziness is a common description for
many different feelings. Some people may refer to it as giddiness, or a "dizzy
- Vertigo is similar to, but not the
same as, dizziness, and it describes a spinning sensation of a person's
surroundings, usually caused by head movement or positioning. Several diseases
of the balance organs of the inner ear can cause vertigo, or it may be a symptom
of a tumor or stroke.
- Causes of dizziness include
diseases (heart attack),
- blood pressure problems,
- brain diseases or conditions (stroke, dementia, and migraines),
- medications (blood pressure and pain medications, and antibiotics),
- metabolic disorders (hypoglycemia and dehydration),
- psychiatric conditions (anxiety, stress, and depression)
- pregnancy, and
illnesses (allergies, sinus infections, .
- Signs and symptoms of dizziness include
lightheadedness, feeling faint or passing out, spinning, whirling, or motion -
either of themselves or of the surroundings, weakness, tiredness, confusion,
feeling off balance, headache or head pressure, chest pain or tightness, nausea,
- Dizziness may be a symptom of a
condition or disease that is something more dangerous and should always be
discussed with a doctor.
- Medical treatment for dizziness depends
on the underlying cause and should be evaluated by a medical professional.
- The prognosis for dizziness depends on
the cause. Most causes of dizziness are harmless, and the problem goes away on
its own. Sometimes dizziness will be the only symptom of serious disease, the
course of which may be life-threatening or be easily treatable.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/19/2016
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