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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Vertigo is a condition that causes you to feel dizzy. You may feel that you or everything around you is moving or spinning. You may also feel like you are being pulled down or toward your side.
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.
- You have blood, pus, or fluid coming out of your ears.
- You are confused.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your symptoms do not get better with treatment.
- You have questions about your condition or care.
- Medicine may be given to help relieve your symptoms.
- 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 or 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.
Manage your symptoms:
- Do not drive , walk without help, or operate heavy machinery when you are dizzy.
- Move slowly when you move from one position to another position. Get up slowly from sitting or lying down. Sit or lie down right away if you feel dizzy.
- Drink plenty of liquids. Liquids help prevent dehydration. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
- Vestibular and balance rehabilitation therapy (VBRT) is used to teach you exercises to improve your balance and strength. These exercises may help decrease your vertigo and improve your balance. Ask for more information about this therapy.
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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