By Mary Delaney, USNN World News
Vertigo is a symptom characterized by a sensation of spinning, dizziness, and loss of balance. It is often caused by problems in the inner ear, although it can also be associated with other conditions. The most common type of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which occurs when tiny calcium crystals in the inner ear become dislodged and stimulate the balance organs incorrectly.
Managing vertigo depends on the underlying cause and severity of symptoms. Here are some general approaches for managing vertigo:
- Medications: Medications may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms or treat the underlying cause. These can include anti-vertigo drugs, such as meclizine or betahistine, or medications to control nausea.
- Canalith repositioning maneuvers: For BPPV, specific exercises called canalith repositioning maneuvers are often recommended. These maneuvers help reposition the calcium crystals in the inner ear to reduce vertigo symptoms. The most common maneuver is the Epley maneuver.
- Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT): VRT is a specialized form of physical therapy that aims to improve balance and reduce dizziness. It involves exercises and techniques that help the brain adapt to and compensate for vestibular dysfunction.
- Lifestyle modifications: Certain lifestyle changes can help manage vertigo. These include avoiding sudden head movements, getting up slowly from a lying or sitting position, using good lighting in the environment, and minimizing stress and anxiety.
- Home remedies: Some people find relief from vertigo symptoms through home remedies like practicing relaxation techniques, using ginger to alleviate nausea, and avoiding triggers such as caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
It’s important to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of vertigo, as the specific treatment will depend on the underlying cause.