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How is dizziness treated?

Dizziness treatment

Dizziness is a symptom, not a disease, and treatment will be directed to the underlying cause. For example, dizziness or lightheadedness due to dehydration from gastroenteritis may require intravenous fluids and medications to stop the vomiting and diarrhea, while dizziness or lightheadedness from a heart rhythm condition may require admission to the hospital and specialized testing and treatment.

Vertigo treatment

  • Vertigo from inner ear problems may often be treated with maneuvers to reposition the crystals and debris in the semicircular canals. Repositioning techniques that can be helpful include the so-called Epley and Semont maneuvers, and the patient maybe taught these to use at home.
  • Depending upon the reason for the inner ear inflammation, oral steroid medications to decrease that inflammation might be prescribed.
  • Over-the-counter or prescription medication is occasionally recommended or prescribed to help with vertigo. Meclizine (Antivert) may help with control of mild symptoms.
  • In patients with intractable symptoms and vomiting, intravenous diazepam (Valium) may be considered.
  • Patients with Meniere's Disease or acoustic neuroma are usually referred to an ear, nose, and throat specialist (otolaryngologist, ENT physician) for further evaluation and care.
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Comment from: dizzydoc, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 15

If you are experiencing any type of dizziness, the best thing to do is search for providers who will help you. Do a web search for "treat dizziness" in your area to find clinics that can assist.

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Comment from: Jess f., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I felt dizzy and it felt like I was fading out and sweating with a cold feeling sensation. I was brought to the emergency room and they checked all my vital signs. My blood pressure was 130/80, my ECG was normal and I vomited some bitter fluid from my stomach. They injected, I think Plasil, and afterwards they gave a pill for dizziness, and after a couple of minutes lying on the bed I felt a little bit better. They advised me to consult an ENT specialist to further check if it is vertigo related to ear; I don't know what that is. Then I was discharged from the hospital and I'll see an ENT specialist tomorrow.

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