when should you worry about dizziness
Dizziness can be worrisome if it is accompanied by other serious symptoms. Find out when to seek treatment for dizziness

Dizziness can be worrisome if it is associated with dangerous or life-threatening conditions. Seek emergency medical care if any of the following symptoms accompany dizziness:

Call your doctor if you notice the following:

  • Sudden dizziness
  • Recent history of head or neck injury
  • Dizziness without an obvious cause
  • Changes in the known pattern of dizziness
  • Worsening of symptoms
  • Severe, new instances of dizziness
  • Dizziness after taking newly prescribed medications
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Changes in bowel patterns
  • Problems with touch, taste, or smell

What are the most common symptoms associated with dizziness?

The most common symptoms of dizziness include:

Occasionally, other symptoms may accompany dizziness, including:

What causes dizziness?

Dizziness is usually caused by reduced blood flow to the brain and can be triggered by:

  • Standing too long in one place (causes blood to pool in the legs)
  • Standing up suddenly (causes a sudden drop in blood pressure)
  • Dehydration from losing fluids or from not drinking enough fluids
  • Low oxygen levels
  • Exposure to high heat (such as using a hot tub)
  • Sweating from sports or extreme physical activity
  • Skipping a meal (causes low blood sugar)
  • Fever
  • Motion sickness
  • Vertigo

People with COVID-19 and other viral illnesses may also experience dizziness due to weakness from being sick.


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Which diseases can cause dizziness?

Medical conditions associated with dizziness include:

How can you treat dizziness at home?

Mild dizziness can be treated at home by:

  • Drinking fluids
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Standing up slowly
  • Laying down
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Eating regular meals
  • Avoiding smoking and alcohol

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Medically Reviewed on 9/2/2021