While dizziness and vertigo may accompany one another, they are two different symptoms of a condition or disorder.
Dizziness is the feeling of being lightheaded, woozy or nearly fainting.
Vertigo is a sensation a person feels when they or the objects around them are moving.
Symptoms of vertigo may include spinning, dizziness, tilting, swaying or being pulled in one direction. These symptoms may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating or difficulty walking.
The underlying cause of dizziness is often not serious. They include sudden drop in blood pressure, ear infection, dehydration, excessive exercise and anemia. Vertigo is often caused by more serious disorders that are ear-related and should be treated by a doctor. They include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis and Meniere’s disease. Non-ear related vertigo can be caused by stroke, migraines and head or neck injuries.
Chronic dizziness and vertigo should be evaluated, diagnosed and treated by a doctor such as an ENT physician who specializes in conditions of the ear and head. Treatment for dizziness will depend on the underlying cause. Treatment for vertigo will also be cause-based and may include medicine or a surgical procedure.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing symptoms of vertigo, please call our North Sioux City office at (605) 217-4320 to schedule an appointment.