Updated: May 31
Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off-balance, somewhat like a dizzy spell. Today, vertigo appears to be more common than ever. The good news is that when understood well, this condition can be treated easily. That said, here are vertigo symptoms, causes, and alternative treatments.
Causes of Vertigo
Basically, Vertigo is caused by a problem in the inner ear. It could be an infection where a virus attacks the vestibular nerve. It can also be caused by Meniere’s disease, characterised by excess fluid buildup in the ear. A migraine can also induce Vertigo that may last for hours.
The most common cause, however, is Benign paroxysmal positional Vertigo. It creates an intense feeling that one is spinning or moving even when they are not. Whichever the cause, the majority of people complain of feeling destabilised and off-balance.
What are the Symptoms of Vertigo?
Dizziness is the primary symptom; additionally, the dizzy feeling worsens with head movement. They may experience a spinning sensation, and objects around them seem to be moving as well.
Other symptoms may include profuse sweating This happens even when temperatures are low. Some will vomit, while others experience nausea. Sometimes, the symptoms happen simultaneously, or one at a time.
How Can Vertigo Be Treated?
Vertigo treatment methods are chosen depending on the underlying cause. However, below are the various types of treatment for Vertigo:
Treatment with Medicine
There are approved drugs that are antihistamine used in the treatment of allergies. They are also used to treat the kind of Vertigo caused by Meniere’s disease. It, however, may cause confusion and amnesia in elderly sufferers.
Treatment by Exercise
Mild cases of Vertigo can be treated using various exercises. The exercise aims at easing the discomfort of Vertigo. Holding certain positions around the ear can help in eliminating Vertigo. Exercises for treating Vertigo are similar to vestibular rehabilitation exercises.
Exercises may aim at habituation to improve dizziness. Gaze stabilisation exercises may also control eye movements hence reducing Vertigo. There are also balance training exercises that may reduce the spinning feeling.
Ear Candle Treatment
Ear candling involves drawing excess wax and impurities from the ears using an ear candle. The candle also helps to release pressure caused by flu and sinusitis. They may also be effective in bacteria elimination that may cause Vertigo.
They may also assist in reducing the symptoms of flu and colds by clearing out the stuffiness in the head and reducing the pressure in the back of the sinuses.
People who display the symptoms discussed above should get tested for Vertigo. Fortunately, the condition can be managed and treated without harmful or painful options. Please always talk to your preferred, qualified health care practitioner.