As many as 1 in every 10 people in Central Florida experience some type of vertigo, unsteadiness, or dizziness. So, whether you feel wobbly when you get out of bed, or lightheaded when you stand up too quickly, you are not alone.
It can be alarming and even a scary sensation when it happens. While some may only experience every now and then, for others it can be a real problem.
What are the most common symptoms and causes of Vertigo?
Typically a person has a feeling that their surrounding environment or their head is spinning or moving. Symptoms include:
Headache or ringing in the ears
Lightheadedness or balance problems
Headache or a feeling of motion sickness
Earache or the sense of water in the ear
Nausea or vomiting
Rotational dizziness or faintness
There are several conditions and diseases that can lead to vertigo, according to Medical News Today.
Labyrinthitis: This is an inflammation of the inner ear labyrinth, and the nerve within that is responsible for encoding the body’s head motion and position as well as sound, known as the vestibulocochlear nerve. It is usually caused by a viral infection.
Vestibular neuronitis: This is also thought to occur as a result of inflammation of the vestibular nerve, usually due to a viral infection.
Cholesteatoma: This is a skin growth that occurs in the middle ear, usually as a result of repeated infection. If the growth becomes larger, it can damage the ear, leading to hearing loss and dizziness.
Ménière’s disease: A buildup of fluid in the inner ear can lead to attacks of vertigo with ringing in the ears and hearing loss. It tends to affect people between the ages of 40 and 60 years.
There are several treatments for vertigo depending on the cause, from medication for an infection, exercises, to lifestyle changes. Since it can also be a symptom of a serious underlying health issue, it is important to see a doctor for an examination.
If you are experiencing signs of vertigo or other type of ear problems, contact Orlando Ear Nose & Throat.
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