We’ve all experienced being dizzy at some point in our lives. Dizziness is often described as when “your head is spinning.” Dizziness itself is not a concern; however, it is often a symptom of an underlying problem that, if it keeps occurring, should be seen by an ear doctor as soon as possible.
Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat in Fort Collins has been helping people treat dizziness, as well as a whole array of conditions associated with the ear, nose, and throat for almost 30 years. In addition, we offer physical therapy and allergy testing. Below, we’ll talk a little bit about what causes dizziness and the treatments available. Contact us today to learn more!
WHAT CAUSES DIZZINESS?
Dizziness is the feeling of unsteadiness, woozy, weak, or faint. It can create a sense that objects are moving around you. Dizziness occurs where there is an imbalance of the parts of your body that work together to keep you balanced. If dizziness is on-going, it could be a sign of something serious.
There are various parts of the body that keep you steady: your eyes, sensors and organs in your ear, and your nerves that send messages back and forth to your brain about what your body is doing in space. The organs in your ear help to detect gravity and motion, while your eyes help to determine where your body is in space. When something is awry in these areas, this is when dizziness happens. Various conditions include:
- Vertigo — when signals to your brain are confused and your feel like things are spinning
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) — usually caused by rapid change in head movement, such as sitting up
- Infection — can cause vertigo
- Meniere’s Disease — fluid buildup in your ear that can cause vertigo
- Migraine — vertigo can be caused by migraines
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR DIZZINESS?
Treatment for dizziness depends on the underlying cause, which your ear doctor can help you diagnose. Some treatments include:
- Medications — medications are great for inner-ear conditions
- Hydrating — drinking plenty of fluids, especially when exercising or in the heat, helps with dizziness
- Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) — exercises designed to restore balance and connections between your ear and brain
- Surgery — surgery may help those with BVVP and Meniere’s disease
Dizziness is something we all experience at some point in our life. Before most of these solutions are prescribed by your ear doctor, there are many lifestyle changes you can make that may greatly reduce dizziness symptoms altogether. These include:
- Sit, lie down, or rest when you feel dizzy
- Use a cane or walker
- Use handrails when walking up the stairs
- Improve your balance with yoga or Tai Chi
- Eat a healthy diet
- Drink more water throughout the day
- Avoid consuming substances that dehydrate you, such as coffee, alcohol, soda, and tobacco products
CHOOSE ALPINE EAR, NOSE & THROAT IN FORT COLLINS FOR DIZZINESS
The ear doctors at Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat in Fort Collins can help you with dizziness. As we’ve seen, most cases of dizziness clear up on their own and are not life-threatening. However, they can become a problem if they happen frequently at inopportune times like when you are walking or driving.
If you are worried about dizziness, call today to see one of our ear specialists. We’ll do a thorough examination, including your health history, and determine a cause. Then, we’ll prescribe a treatment. Our ear doctors have years of experience helping patients with dizziness. Please call, even if you don’t think it’s all that serious. It’s always better to err on the side of caution. Call today!