Dizziness is a feeling of light-headedness and imbalance. Some patients report that it feels like their heads are “swimming” while others say they feel disoriented. It may be accompanied by nausea, headache, and fever. If you're experiencing similar symptoms, find out what may be causing your dizziness and get a final word from a doctor at South Florida ENT in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas.
Possible Causes of Dizziness
A feeling of dizziness is most often caused by a problem with the ears, because they are a part of the system that helps you maintain your balance and focus. The occasional dizzy spell may be harmless, but when it happens over and over, especially in a short period of time, it may be a symptom of a more concerning condition. These are some possible reasons why you may be feeling dizzy:
- BPPV (a type of vertigo caused by small calcium deposits in the ear).
- Inner ear inflammation.
- Acoustic neuroma (a growth in the inner ear).
- Meniere's disease (causes extended dizzy spells).
- Dehydration (lack of sufficient fluids in the body).
- After effects of a head injury.
- Migraines (intense headaches; ringing in the ears).
When You Should See a Doctor
A doctor at South Florida ENT in Pembroke Pines, FL can help diagnose the cause of your dizziness. If you feel dizzy for more than a few moments or you suddenly faint, seek help as soon as possible. Feeling like the room is spinning around you is a sign of a potentially urgent issue. Other additional symptoms to look for include vomiting, fever, vision issues, speech problems, and numbness. If the dizzy spells are interfering with your ability to work, study, or participate in other normal daily activities, that should prompt you to visit an ENT as soon as possible.
The treatment for dizziness will depend on the cause. In some cases, the recommendation will be bed rest while in other cases your Pembroke Pines, FL doctor will need to start you on a course of medication. If it's an ear infection, antibiotic treatment may be the solution. Though Meniere's Disease doesn't have a cure, symptoms can be managed with behavioral modifications and medication. A therapy to move calcium crystals into a better position may help patients with BPPV. Surgery may be required in some cases.
Schedule an Exam
If you're frequently feeling dizzy, this isn't a symptom that you should ignore. Talk to a doctor at South Florida ENT in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas to discuss possible causes. Call (954) 438-7171 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Craig Shapiro or Dr. Sina Joorabchi.