Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Dizziness is one of the most common reasons patients go to an urgent care facility. Dizziness is non-life threatening, but can be a major disturbance in day-to-day life. Most often when individuals are experiencing dizziness, they are suffering from a condition know as vertigo. To follow is a brief overview of some of the causes for dizziness and when it is appropriate to see a board-certified physician.
Main Causes of Vertigo (Dizziness)
- Benign paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV) is experienced when you turn your head or sit up too quickly after being in a relaxed state. This is often common and can last just a few seconds. However, if this condition persists, it could be a marker of a more serious health issue.
- Inflammation or infection in the inner ear. The inner ear controls how we balance. If there is inflammation in the inner ear, balance can be thrown off resulting in vertigo symptoms.
- Meniere's Disease occurs when there is excessive fluid in the inner ear. This disease is often accompanied by ringing in the ear and intermittent hearing loss.
- Vestibular migraine is a very serious headache that affects the inner ears.
- Rarely, vertigo is an indication of a serious neurological disorder such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, or a brain hemorrhage.
Reasons Why Dizziness May Lead to Faintness
- A drop in blood pressure can cause individuals to lose consciousness.
- The heart is not pumping enough blood.
Other Causes for Dizziness
- Side effect from medications
- Ear infections
- Anxiety disorders and panic attacks
- Anemia, the medical term used for iron deficiency
- Motion sickness
When is it Time to Seek Medical Attention?
If dizziness worsens and causes other problems such as:
- Balance and depth perception resulting in a fall or head trauma
- Difficulty in motion, such as driving
The doctor will ask specific questions about your dizziness and may run a few tests to determine the exact cause of the dizziness to determine the best course for treatment.
Have You Been Experienced Prolonged Episodes of Dizziness? Visit LIC Urgent Med for Answers.
No appointments required, walk-ins are welcome at LIC Urgent Med, conveniently located on Broadway in Astoria, Queens. Dr. Katechis and his team look forward to helping you get back to feeling your best. For questions or concerns call us at 718-204-7550. We hope you feel better soon.