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How to reduce symptoms of vertigo

Posted on Mar 7, 2015

If you have suffered from symptoms of vertigo, you know how uncomfortable and potentially frightening the condition can be. There can be a few different causes of vertigo, a condition that is characterised by feelings of dizziness or perceptions of spinning.

According to the Mayo Clinic, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a common cause for the affliction.1 Other types of vertigo can be caused by inflammation or an imbalance of fluid in the inner ear. When the brain picks up on this imbalance, it can lead to feelings of spinning and dizziness.

If you suffer from vertigo, your biggest health concern will be avoiding falls and other potential complications of dizziness. Consider the following tips for reducing symptoms of vertigo.

Medications

The Victorian government's Better Health Channel2 notes that visits to a doctor to obtain certain treatments may be a good option for treating vertigo. Migraine and anti-nausea treatments have been known to help some vertigo sufferers. You'll need to pay a visit to your doctor to determine which, if any, medications are right for you.

Canalith repositioning procedures

A variety of canalith repositioning procedures – head movements that are thought to reposition the fluids and fragments in the inner ear that lead to vertigo – can help alleviate symptoms. The UK National Health Service (NHS) notes that a few common repositioning procedures include the Epley manoeuvre and Brandt-Daroff exercises. You can learn how to perform these exercises from your GP.3

De-stressing

According to the NHS, postponing your activities and lying in a darkened room can help reduce vertigo symptoms, primarily the spinning sensation.3 When you experience spinning, lie down in a quiet room with the lights off. Practice breathing exercises to reduce stress, as anxiety can aggravate vertigo symptoms.

1 Mayo Clinic Staff. 6 September 2012. Mayo Clinic. [Online]. Available: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dizziness/basics/causes/con-20023004. [28 October 2014].

2 February 2014. Better Health Channel. [Online]. Available: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Dizziness_and_vertigo. [28 October 2014].

3 6 March 2014. NHS Choices. [Online]. Available: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Vertigo/Pages/Treatment.aspx. [28 October 2014].

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