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What is dizziness?

There are two forms of dizziness. The first makes you feel faint, unsteady, woozy or weak. The second is referred to as “vertigo,” and creates the false sensation that you or your surroundings are moving. Although frequent dizziness can negatively impact your quality of life, fortunately, it is rarely indicative of a serious or life-threatening condition.

Symptoms of dizziness

  • Feeling faint, unsteady or lightheaded
  • The false sense that the room is spinning
  • A loss of balance
  • Wooziness

When dizziness occurs along with a sudden headache, vomiting, a change in speech, chest pain and other worrisome symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

What causes dizziness

One of the most common causes of dizziness and vertigo is an underlying inner ear problem. The eyes, sensory nerves and inner ear all work together to create a secure sense of balance. The eyes determine the body’s location and movement, the nerves transmit messages about the body to the brain, and the inner ear detects gravity and motion.

With an inner ear disorder, the nerves send the brain inconsistent signals that aren’t in alignment with what the eyes and sensory nerves are receiving. The brain responds by attempting to sort out the inconsistences, and the resulting effect is vertigo.

The four inner ear problems that are known to cause vertigo include:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Patients with BPPV experience a brief and intense sense of spinning that’s triggered by a rapid change in head movement. It is the most common cause of vertigo and is likely to occur when you stand up quickly.

Meniere’s disease. This disease is characterized by a buildup of fluid in the inner ear. It causes sudden feelings of vertigo that can last for several hours and may accompany hearing loss, ringing in the ears and the sense that your ears are plugged.

Migraine. Migraine sufferers often complain of episodes of vertigo and dizziness that may occur with or without a severe headache.

Vestibular neuritis. This infection of the vestibular nerve can cause intense and constant vertigo.

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Depending on the severity of your symptoms, dizziness and vertigo can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Contact SFENTA™ today to determine and treat the underlying cause of your symptoms, and get the relief you deserve.

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