Vertigo is a sensation of actually feeling off balance.
People with vertigo often have dizzy spells, which means that you will feel like everything is spinning.
The vertigo might happen spontaneously. Also it might occur due to an injury. The vertigo can last for a few hours or in severe cases days before resolving.
Vertigo and Its Symptoms
Often the vertigo is activated by a certain change of the position of the head.
The common symptoms are:
- Pulled to a certain direction
- Hearing loss or ringing in the ears
- Jerking or abnormal eye movements
You should know that the symptoms might come and go.
Vertigo and Its Causes
Usually the vertigo is caused by a issue in the inner ear. Most common causes of vertigo are:
Labyrinthitis or Vestibular Neuritis
This is actually an issue in the inner ear connected usually to a viral infection. The infection leads to inflammation in the inner ear. To be more precise around the nerves which are vital for helping the body to sense balance.
BBPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
This vertigo happens when the canaliths i.e. the saml calcium particles clump up in the canals found in the inner ear. Moreover, the inner ear signals the brain about the body and head movements connected to gravity. It actually helps maintain the balance.
The BPPV might happen for unknown reasons and also it might be linked to age.
The Meniere’s diseases is a disorder in the inner ear. It’s thought that the cause behind it is the changing pressure and buildup of fluid in the ear. It might lead hearing loss,episodes of vertigo, and tinnitus i.e. ringing in the ears.
Less often vertigo Might Be Linked to:
- Migraine headaches
- Neck or head injury
- Brain issues like tumor and stroke
- Some drugs which lead to ear damage
Vertigo and Its Risk Factors
Head injuries might elevate the risk of obtaining vertigo. Moreover vertigo can be caused due to drugs such as blood pressure drugs, aspirin, antidepressants, antiseizure drugs and antidepressants.
Anything which might elevate the risk of stroke such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease might also elevate the risk of obtaining vertigo. Also, for some individuals, drinking alcohol might lead to vertigo.
Treatment for Vertigo
A doctor became a Youtube sensation, thanks to the simple maneuver she has developed in order to treat vertigo at the comfort of your own home.
In 2012, Kathy Walsh, the health specialist explained the treatment. Since then, the video has 2.6 million views.
The Simple Maneuver
This is a simple maneuver which really helps. First thing you need lift your head up and look at the ceiling.
Then you need to lower your head and turn the head towards your left elbow. Wait for the dizziness to end and then lift your head up and sit, Believe it or not, but this maneuver is a big hit on Youtube.
Watch how to properly do the maneuver in the video below.