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3 Things That Can Cause 3 Things That Can Cause Vertigo and What to Do About It

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Vertigo is a troublesome condition that can make it challenging to keep your balance or even stand up straight. The cause of severity varies from case to case, but those with worse cases of vertigo know how bad it can get. Luckily, once you know what has caused your dizziness, you can figure out how best to treat it.

What Might Cause Vertigo?

A few circumstances might lead to vertigo. Sometimes, it's challenging to figure out where a condition came from, but if you look at your health track record, you should be able to identify where this bout came from.

1. Migraines

Many people experience chronic migraines, which may lead to feelings of vertigo. Migraines that can lead to vertigo symptoms are often called vestibular migraines. You might find them caused by issues with stress or sleeping and while self-care isn't a guaranteed fix for them, it may be worth taking better care of yourself to avoid these episodes.

2. Inner Ear Infections

Labyrinthitis occurs when your inner ear swells, which can lead to you feeling off-balance. Typically, the situation resolves itself, but labyrinthitis can evolve into hearing loss, tinnitus or other detrimental effects if left untreated.

When you exhibit symptoms, make sure you visit your doctor and do exactly as they say. Some may recommend bed rest or observation, but it'll be worth it when you come out of it with your hearing intact.

3. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a common condition leading to vertigo. All it means is a sudden movement — like a sneeze or head trauma — has disrupted the balance of your inner ear. This issue may resolve itself in a matter of weeks, but you can always see a physical therapist to get help with movements that can aid in resolving the issue.

How to Stop Vertigo Symptoms

Seeing a professional is the best route to take in the beginning. You may find treatments you wouldn't expect, like chiropractic manipulation that can resolve some neck alignment issues that lead to vertigo. However, you can do a few things at home to relieve your symptoms as well.

1. Stay Upright

When you can't catch your balance, you must keep yourself upright in all moments except when you're sleeping. You can stack pillows to elevate your head at night, which should help your vertigo enough for you to fall asleep. Make sure you do not bend down during the day or sleep on the side with the issue, as it may trigger more symptoms or worsen your vertigo.

2. Seek Out Treatment

If your vertigo is particularly bad or you think there's an underlying issue resulting in even more detrimental side effects, it's always a good idea to see a professional. They can diagnose you more accurately and you'll be sure the treatment you're getting will resolve your issues with vertigo.

3. Pay Attention to Your Head

When experiencing vertigo, you must always be mindful of your head. Pay attention to how you hold and position it at rest or doing something important. Move carefully and slowly if you have to turn your neck. The gradual practice may lessen your vertigo symptoms, but fast movements may only worsen it.

Get Your Vertigo Checked Out

Not everyone experiences vertigo, but those who do never entirely forget it. While the condition might be more harmless than many others, it can still be a product of an underlying issue needing medical attention.

If something feels different about this bout of vertigo, your first instinct should be to get it checked out by a doctor. From there, you'll know how best to treat your vertigo and potentially keep it from coming back.

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