Lots of people get dizzy from time to time, but having a condition called vertigo takes basic dizziness to a whole new level.
Vertigo is often misunderstood because, rather than a condition itself, it is a symptom of feeling off-balance and strangely sick. So, here is some information about the causes of vertigo and how you can help treat and prevent these spinning sensations the natural way.
What Causes Vertigo?
Many researchers believe that vertigo is caused by an inner ear problem, while others have found evidence that it is linked to an abnormality in the brain. Both inner ear infections and migraines are common things that lead to symptoms of vertigo.
Other causes are linked to messaging between the brain and inner ear that control balance and also certain head movements that bring on the symptoms. Meniere’s disease, head trauma, hormone changes, panic attacks, and arteriosclerosis may also cause vertigo symptoms in some people.
What Vertigo Feels Like
Vertigo is a sensation that can last just a couple seconds or even several days without relief. People with vertigo feel dizzy, unbalanced, nauseous, and unable to carry out normal tasks. They feel as if the entire room is spinning and are frustrated that they can’t make it stop. Vertigo may also be accompanied by a ringing sound in the ears and a fever.
How to Treat Vertigo
Unfortunately, there are no medically proven treatments for vertigo or any magical pill to take to make it go away for good. A type of physical therapy, the modified Epley maneuver, is often used to help reduce vertigo symptoms. It involves a series of movements where you turn your head 45 or 90 degrees, sit up, lie down, and hold certain poses for 30 seconds.
It may also help for vertigo patients to consume more vitamin D, try acupuncture, or take ginger root or ginkgo biloba as herbal remedies. Peppermint and lavender essential oils may help alleviate minor symptoms of vertigo as well. Conventional medical treatments for serious cases of vertigo include antibiotics to treat ear infections, prescription medications, and over-the-counter antihistamines.
Vertigo Prevention Tips
Vertigo is not always easily prevented, but healthy lifestyle habits can go a long way for keeping vertigo symptoms minor, infrequent, and manageable. It is a good idea to limit your salt intake if you are prone to vertigo, especially if you are at risk for Meniere’s disease. Foods rich in vitamins A, B, and E may be helpful if you are prone dizziness, so try to eat more carrots, broccoli, and fish.
Make sure to control high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and stop smoking cigarettes, because these are all risk factors for vertigo. The Epley maneuver can be done before bed every night for vertigo treatment and prevention. Other exercises to ask your physical therapist about when you are seen for vertigo are the Semont maneuver and Brandt Daroff exercises, which are similar to Epley but have slight variations. Also, since people with vertigo are prone to falls that can cause serious injuries, take fall-prevention measures to keep yourself safe while at home and in other situations that you can control.