Causes of Dizziness
Many of us can remember spinning around and around as young kids trying to purposefully make ourselves so dizzy we would fall down. This same feeling of dizziness can occur as adults for a number of different reasons. Some of these reasons can signify illnesses while others can be caused by imbalances in the ear. Whatever the reason suffering from dizziness can be annoying at best and frightening at worst.
Below are some common reasons that adults experience dizziness and the symptoms that are attached to these causes.
- Ear ailments such as an ear infection, buildup of fluid, or an ear injury can all lead to dizziness. In fact, because the inner ear is directly related to balance anytime there is trauma to the ear it can result in an unbalanced feeling or like the room is spinning, which is called vertigo.
- Illnesses that can bring a sense of dizziness are high and low blood pressure, fever, heart condition, low blood sugar, and even a cold. In addition, many neurological conditions such as a stroke can cause dizziness.
- Consumption of alcohol, caffeine, or drugs can cause a person to feel dizzy. In addition, there are certain medications that can cause dizziness, oftentimes there will be a warning regarding this in the side effects literature that accompanies the medication.
- Panic or anxiety attacks can also lead to a person feeling dizzy. In this case there are usually additional symptoms such as feeling short of breath, claustrophobia, or heart palpitations.
Many times dizziness will pass once a person sits or rests for some time. Eating food and moving slowly can also help. However, if your dizziness persists or if it returns over and over again then you should seek medical assistance with your primary physician or an ear, nose, and throat specialist. They may be able to find an underlying cause for your dizziness and get you the proper treatment to cure it.
If you have feelings of dizziness or are suffering from an inner ear complication, please call ENT Clinic to book a consult to see Dr. Michael Barakate, our ear, nose and throat specialist. Call 1300 123 368.