Vertigo

Vertigo is more than dizziness; it’s the feeling that you or the world around you is moving. Subjective vertigo means you feel like you’re moving when you’re perfectly still. Objective vertigo refers to the feeling that your surroundings are in motion. Causes are usually related to sudden movements of the head or inflammation in the inner ear.

Symptoms

  • Sensation of movement
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty speaking, seeing or walking
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abnormal sweating
  • Abnormal eye movements or double vision

Who is at risk?

Anyone might experience vertigo. It’s commonly caused by an inner ear infection or collection of fluid in the middle ear, so watch patients with ear, nose, or throat congestion. Allergies are even known to trigger symptoms. While vertigo is most often a benign problem, it can rarely be caused by more severe medical conditions.

Treatment

Always consult a physician before treating vertigo symptoms at home. A physician might prescribe oral, patch, or IV medication based on the severity and source of your symptoms. For a bacterial infection, the solution is usually a round of antibiotics.

Emergency Warning Signs: When should I see a doctor?

See a doctor for any signs of vertigo. Most cases are harmless, but only a doctor can rule out a life-threatening cause for symptoms.

Treatment for vertigo is available now at OnPoint Urgent Care in Aurora, Highlands Ranch, or Lone Tree Colorado.

For more information on vertigo, see the following websites:

eMedicine Inner Ear Diagram and Vertigo Overview

Mayo Clinic on Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

WebMD Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo – Topic Overview

Disclaimer: The links above are to sites independent of OnPointUrgentCare.com. The pages will open in a new browser window. The information provided is for educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding your specific medical questions, treatments, therapies, and other needs.