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Dizziness

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Dizziness is a term used to describe a feeling of being off balance or unsteady. Common causes of dizziness are an inner ear fluid imbalance or a lack of oxygen in your blood. Dizziness may be acute (lasts 3 days or less) or chronic (lasts longer than 3 days). You may have dizzy spells that last from seconds to a few hours.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have a headache that does not go away with medicine.
  • You have shaking chills and a fever.
  • You vomit over and over with no relief.
  • Your vomit or bowel movements are red or black.
  • You have pain in your chest, back, or abdomen.
  • You have numbness, especially in your face, arms, or legs.
  • You have trouble moving your arms or legs.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your symptoms are not getting better with treatment.
  • Your neck is stiff.
  • You are confused.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

  • Antihistamines or antianxiety medicines may be used to reduce dizziness or nausea.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Self-care:

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery when you feel dizzy.
  • Get up slowly from sitting or lying down.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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