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Vertigo - Symptoms & Signs

Vertigo is a feeling that one is dizzily turning around or that one's surroundings are dizzily spinning or turning about. People may feel that they are swaying, tilting, or are pulled to one direction.


Vertigo is usually due to a problem with the inner ear but can also be caused  other conditions.


Causes of Vertigo


Vertigo is often caused by an inner ear problem. Some of the most common causes include:  The inner ear sends signals to the brain about head and body movements relative to gravity. It helps you keep your balance.


It can occur for no known reason and may be associated with age.


Meniere's disease. This is an inner ear disorder thought to be caused by a buildup of fluid and changing pressure in the ear. It can cause episodes of vertigo along with ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss.

Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. This is an inner ear problem usually related to infection (usually viral). The infection causes inflammation in the inner ear around nerves that are important for helping the body sense balance


Vertigo may also be associated with:


  • Head or neck injury

  • Brain problems such as stroke or tumor

  • Certain medications that cause ear damage

  • Migraine headaches

    Symptoms of Vertigo

    Vertigo is often triggered by a change in the position of your head.

    People with vertigo typically describe it as feeling like they are:

  • Spinning

  • Tilting

  • Swaying

  • Unbalanced

  • Pulled to one direction

    Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:

  • Feeling nauseated

  • Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)

  • Headache

  • Sweating

  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss

    Symptoms can last a few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go.


    This may not be considered medical advice. Please consult a physician who specializes in diseases of the ears. Call us for a screening 877-361-0100.

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