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Dizziness

AMBULATORY CARE:

Dizziness

is 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.

Common symptoms that may happen with dizziness:

  • A feeling that your surroundings are moving even though you are standing still
  • Ringing in your ears or hearing loss
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Weakness or unsteadiness
  • Double vision or eye movements you cannot control
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have a headache and a stiff neck.
  • 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.
  • You are confused.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your symptoms do not get better with treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment for dizziness

depends on the cause. Your healthcare provider may give you oxygen or medicines to decrease your dizziness and nausea. He may also refer you to a specialist. You may need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery when you are dizzy.
  • Get up slowly from sitting or lying down.
  • Drink plenty of liquids. Liquids help prevent dehydration. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

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

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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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