Vertigo & Dizziness

Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Rochester Hills, Grosse Pointe, and Sterling Heights, MI

Dizziness and vertigo are disorienting and can make you feel unstable or even nauseous. If you’re concerned about your dizziness or it’s disrupting your life, make an appointment with the expert physicians at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center, with offices in St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Rochester, Grosse Pointe, and Sterling Heights, Michigan. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.

Vertigo & Dizziness Q & A

What is vertigo?

Dizziness is an umbrella term for feelings of unsteadiness or faintness. Vertigo is a specific kind of dizziness where you feel like either your environment or your body is moving or spinning, throwing you off balance.

 

What causes vertigo and dizziness?

Vertigo and dizziness can have numerous causes, including inner ear issues, circulation problems, and infections and diseases.

Problems with the inner ear are the most common cause of vertigo and dizziness. These conditions include:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): calcium deposits build up in the inner ear and cause incorrect messages about balance to be sent to your brain
  • Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis: a viral infection in the inner ear that causes inflammation around the nerves responsible for your sense of balance
  • Meniere’s disease: causes a buildup of fluid and pressure in the inner ear that affects your balance and causes tinnitus

A drop in blood pressure or poor circulation can also contribute to vertigo.

 

How is vertigo diagnosed?

When you make an appointment with the experts at Lakeshore ENT, they perform a comprehensive exam and perform a variety of tests to identify the cause of your vertigo or general dizziness.

Your doctor checks your hearing and your balance with posturography. They also test the movement of your eyes as you track a moving object, and assess whether there’s a change if a small amount of warm or cold air or fluid is introduced into your ears.

They also perform a head movement test called the Dix-Hallpike maneuver to see if it triggers your vertigo, which would indicate you have BPPV.

How are vertigo and dizziness treated?

Treatment for dizziness and vertigo depends on their underlying cause. In many cases, your symptoms will resolve on their own in a couple of weeks as your body adapts. You might also benefit from antihistamines, or anti-nausea, antianxiety, or water pills.

Your doctor may also suggest therapies such as head position maneuvers and balance therapy to resolve your symptoms and help you develop and improve your balance.

In most cases, vertigo and dizziness are related to inner ear problems, but if a circulatory issue or anxiety causes your dizziness, your doctor provides advice on your next steps and may potentially refer you to a cardiovascular or psychiatric specialist.

For relief from your vertigo or dizziness, call Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center or make an appointment online today.