Risk Factors for Dizziness
- Age:Many of the common causes of dizziness, including blood pressure drop or sensory disorders, are more common as you age.
Treatments for Dizziness
While some causes of dizziness have specific treatments, there are other treatments that can help more generally.
- BPPV treatment: As a common cause of vertigo, BPPV can be treated through canalith repositioning. This treatment can be done by your doctor or physical therapist and involves various maneuvers to reposition your head.
- Inner ear treatment:
- Balance exercises: Depending on the inner ear problem, balance retraining exercises may help treat vestibular problems, which can help you regain your balance. A physical therapist can teach you the appropriate exercises that you can then do on your own.
- Medications: Because vestibularproblems are often associated with nausea, you may need to take medications to alleviate these symptoms.
- Meniere’s disease treatment: Dietary changes and diuretics are often used to help reduce your body’s fluid retention to alleviate the fluid build up in your inner ear.
- Migranous vertigo treatment: The best treatment for this case is to isolate and avoid specific triggers. These may include changing your diet, reducing stress, getting more sleep and exercising.
- Anxiety disorders treatment: Seeing a psychotherapist in conjunction with medications may help depending on the level and cause of your anxiety.
- Medications: Some medications can help with dizziness. If dizziness if severely impacting your life on a regular basis, talk to your doctor about whether medications may help.
Home Remedies for Dizziness
- Avoid sudden posture changes, such as standing up suddenly: This can help eliminate the likelihood of a sudden drop in blood pressure – a common cause of dizziness.
- Rest: Most dizziness resolves itself. Often times, the best thing to do is rest and lie still until the feeling passes.
How to Prevent Dizziness
- Treat respiratory infections: Treating ear infections, colds, flus and congestion can help reduce the likelihood of developing some of the dizziness causes such as labyrinthitis and Meniere’s disease.
Katherine Solem is a health writer and editor living in San Francisco.
Published: July 20, 2011