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A term used to describe a wide array of sensations like faintness, weakness, wooziness, or the feeling of being unsteady, dizziness or frequent dizzy spells can have a definite impact on your daily life.
Fortunately, here at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, one of our ENT doctors, Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, or Dr. Theodore Kanne, can help you find out what’s causing your dizziness so you can begin the proper treatment for it.
Common Causes of Dizziness
Generally speaking, the way that your triggers, or dizziness itself, make you feel could offer clues as to what’s making you dizzy. How long your dizzy spells last, and the accompanying symptoms, may also help your Valdosta doctor determine the cause.
Vertigo, Dizziness, and Problems with The Inner Ear
Essentially, vertigo is characterized as having a false sensation that your surroundings are moving or spinning. When you have an inner ear problem, your inner ear sends signals to your brain that are not consistent with what your sensory nerves and eyes are receiving. So basically, vertigo occurs when your brain is having a hard time sorting out these mixed signals. Other potential causes of dizziness and vertigo include the following:
- BPPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: This causes a short but false and intense sensation that you are moving and spinning. These episodes are usually triggered by quick changes in the movement of your head, like a blow to your head or when sitting up or quickly turning over in your bed.
- Migraine: Those who have migraines may also experience bouts of vertigo and dizziness even if they are not currently experiencing a severe headache.
- Meniere’s Disease: This is caused by excessive fluid buildup in the inner ear. Common symptoms include sudden vertigo episodes that could persist for hours on end. In some cases, people with Meniere’s disease may likewise experience ringing inside the ear/tinnitus, a sensation of having plugged ears, or fluctuating hearing loss.
- Infection: Vestibular neuritis, which occurs when a virus infects the vestibular nerve, could cause constant and severe dizziness. If you also experience a sudden loss of hearing, you might also have labyrinthitis.
Other Possible Causes of Dizziness
If you have poor blood circulation or low blood pressure, you might feel dizzy, off-balance, or faint because the heart is not sending the brain an adequate supply of blood. In addition, other possible dizziness causes can include the use of certain medicines, neurological conditions, anxiety disorders, dehydration or overheating, low blood sugar, or anemia.
Get to The Root Cause of Your Dizziness Today.
Schedule a consultation with one of our ENT doctors Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, or Dr. Theodore Kanne now. Call the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, at (229) 244-2562 for more information.
Occasional dizziness happens to many people and is usually nothing to worry about. However, severe or persistent dizziness can be a sign of other issues. It is important to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor if your dizziness is severe, persistent, associated with hearing loss, or occurs in conjunction with taking certain medications. You should also see an ENT doctor if you are suddenly experiencing dizziness when you have not previously had a problem with it. The doctors at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia Dr. Thomas Phillips, Dr. Ronald Allen, and Dr. Theodore Kanne treat dizziness in Valdosta, GA.
Causes of Dizziness
Dizziness is often caused by a sense of disorientation or being off balance. The inner ear helps us maintain our sense of balance by sending signals to the brain about body movement and positioning. When the signal from the inner ear to the brain is blocked or misfires, dizziness can occur. Various conditions can cause dizziness by interfering with the signals traveling from the inner ear to the brain. Some conditions that can lead to dizziness include certain neurological diseases, poor circulation, anxiety, or vertigo.
Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness. It is often accompanied by nausea or vomiting. Vertigo can be caused by several different conditions, such as:
- Inner ear injuries
- Viral infections
- Benign positional vertigo
- Meniere’s Disease
Treatments for Dizziness
Dizziness can be treated through several different methods. Treatments include balance exercises, antibiotics, antihistamines, and other medications. The right treatment for you depends on what is causing your dizziness. Different medications can clear up infections or reduce inflammation so the inner ear can better communicate with the brain. Balancing exercises can help you improve balance and reduce dizziness. An ENT doctor can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your dizziness in Valdosta.
Dizziness can be caused by a variety of factors or conditions. An ENT doctor can identify the cause of your dizziness and prescribe the right treatment. For treatment of your dizziness in Valdosta, GA, schedule an appointment with one of the doctors at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia by calling the office at (229) 244-2562.
Find out how an ENT doctor could help you with your lightheadedness.
Experiencing bouts of dizziness can be rather startling and worrisome. While most people will experience this symptom at some point in their lifetime, there are many reasons why someone might become lightheaded or faint. Our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips and Dr. Theodore Kanne are here to share some common causes of dizziness and when to turn to them for help.
Here are some of the reasons you may be feeling dizzy:
- Certain medications
- Low blood sugar
- Vestibular neuritis
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Meniere’s disease
While not all of the above causes need to be treated by our ENT doctor in Valdosta, GA, if you believe you might have BPPV, vestibular neuritis, migraines or Meniere’s disease then we can certainly help.
If you find yourself experiencing vertigo, a severe bout of spinning, then you might be dealing with this condition. This is actually one of the most common causes of vertigo and it usually comes about from sudden head movements. While this condition will often go away on its own within a couple of weeks, if the condition is severe enough you will want to come in so that we can provide you with certain therapeutic head exercises to perform to help improve your symptoms.
This viral infection can also cause severe cases of vertigo as well as extreme nausea. You will most often notice these symptoms with rapid and quick head movements. Even just quickly turning your head could be enough to trigger dizziness. Fortunately, certain medications can be prescribed to relieve your dizziness and nausea. We may also recommend bed rest and other lifestyle changes to reduce how often you experience these extreme symptoms.
This inner ear disorder can cause vertigo along with episodes of hearing loss. Those with this condition may also feel pressure in the ears or experience tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition but there are ways to manage these symptoms with long-term medications, hearing aids and other therapies to improve hearing and reduce dizziness.
If you are someone who suffers from migraines then you may also notice symptoms of dizziness or feeling off balance. While this condition is rare, if you do have it we will need to figure out what triggers your migraines. It could be certain foods or medications, stress, or hormonal changes. Once we figure out what’s causing your symptoms we can determine the best way to treat it. Migraines can often be handled with prescription medications and lifestyle changes.
ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, is here for all of your ear, nose and throat issues. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with us. Let’s treat your dizziness together and get you feeling better!