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Dizziness is the feeling of being lightheaded, woozy, or unbalanced. Your doctor can narrow down the cause of dizziness and any other symptoms by performing a physical examination. It's common to sometimes feel dizzy, lightheaded or off-balance, and it's not usually serious.
Labyrinthitis is an inner ear disorder in which a nerve that detects head movement becomes inflamed. That's good in most cases, but low blood pressure can sometimes make you feel tired or dizzy. Both are airborne illnesses, spread through coughing and sneezing. August 13, 2018 Published: Even if the lightheadedness does not have a serious cause, it could lead to serious injuries from a fall.
Another possible cause for dizziness and vertigo is an acoustic neuroma.
A drop in blood pressure which can occur after sitting up or standing too quickly could cause this, as well as inadequate output of blood from the heart. Philadelphia, Pa.: Bope ET, et al.
This is also called an arrhythmia. This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose. Other, more serious infections include Cryptococcus a fungal infection frequently seen in people with advanced HIV or communicable bacteria such as tuberculosis or Listeria.
Leading a healthy lifestyle, limiting smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight can help lessen the feeling of dizziness and help prevent more serious problems. Anxiety or stress.
Disequilibrium is a loss of balance or equilibrium. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It may be caused by something as simple as not drinking enough water or as serious as heart disease. Dizziness may result in complications when it causes fainting or a loss of balance. Advancing cardiovascular diseases reduce the heart's ability to pump blood efficiently against the pull of gravity. The episode may last seconds or days and may recur.
If the symptoms progress slowly, it may be the result of a degenerative movement disorder such as Parkinson's disease or a systemic all-body infection affecting the nervous system. Please try again.
Although it is often hard to tell the difference, your answer may have a big impact on how the doctor moves forward with diagnosis. A quick drop in blood pressure like when you stand up too fast Allergies Illness or infection Dehydration Anxiety or stress Heavy periods Some medications Anemia low iron Alcohol and tobacco can also cause you to feel lightheaded from time to time.
Evaluation of 'Dizziness' in the Neurology Office. Harvard Health Letter.