How do you treat vertigo?
In many cases, vertigo goes away without any treatment. This is because your brain is able to adapt, at least in part, to the inner ear changes, relying on other mechanisms to maintain balance. For some, treatment is needed and may include: Vestibular rehabilitation.
For dizziness from the left ear and side:
- Sit on the edge of your bed. Turn your head 45 degrees to the right.
- Quickly lie down on your left side. Stay there for 30 seconds.
- Quickly move to lie down on the opposite end of your bed.
- Return slowly to sitting and wait a few minutes.
- Reverse these moves for the right ear.
- Depending on its cause, vertigo can be treated by your family doc, an otolaryngologist (ENT doc), or a neurologist. Caffeine intoxication can occur from just drinking too much coffee, but you have to drink quite a bit. Therefore, if your girlfriend's vertigo is caused by caffeine, this would be quite unusual.
- Stroke, heart arrhythmias, blood pressure disorders, migraine and prescription and non-prescription drugs can cause vertigo. Depression and anxiety can also trigger this unpleasant sensation. In conclusion, stress can trigger vertigo and may prompt relapses of the symptom in chronic sufferers.
- Vertigo is commonly caused by a problem with the way balance works in the inner ear, although it can also be caused by problems in certain parts of the brain. Causes of vertigo may include: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) – where certain head movements trigger vertigo. labyrinthitis – an inner ear infection.
Treatment is with vestibular exercises and anti-nausea medicines such as meclizine (also known as Antivert). Other causes such as Meniere's disease are treated with diuretics such as lasix. Tumors in the brain or inner ear are treated differently. There are no good over the counter medications for any cause of vertigo.
- Meclizine is the generic name for the prescription drug called Antivert and the over-the-counter (OTC) medicines known as Dramamine and Bonine. Meclizine is used to treat motion sickness and dizziness. However, meclizine works a little differently, reducing nausea and muscle spasms.
- Kneel down and look up at the ceiling for a few seconds. Touch the floor with your head, tucking your chin so your head goes toward your knees. Wait for any vertigo to stop (about 30 seconds). Turn your head in the direction of your affected ear (i.e. if you feel dizzy on your left side, turn to face your left elbow).
- The movements are safe and often effective. Medicine. In some cases, medication may be given to relieve symptoms such as nausea or motion sickness associated with vertigo. If vertigo is caused by an infection or inflammation, antibiotics or steroids may reduce swelling and cure infection.
Updated: 22nd October 2018