Suddenly, it feels as if the world is spinning fast, and you would give anything to have your feel planted back on solid ground. Well, you are on solid ground, but something in your body is out of balance. Generally speaking, dizziness is a symptom rather than a illness or ailment in itself.
It’s often caused by a temporary drop in blood pressure. When you feel dizzy, you may notice that you also feel slightly clammy, lightheaded, even nauseous, or as if you might vomit. This is usually not a life-threatening situation, and one that can be overcome rather quickly.
Put a Stop to Dizziness:
- One of the best ways to get rid of dizziness is to get yourself into a horizontal position. If you’re standing, either sit down or, if possible, lie down.
- If you’re exercising or driving a car, stop. You don’t want to cause a fainting spell and possible harm yourself or others. Wait until the dizziness has passed rather than trying to “push past it.”
- Next, take slow, deep breaths. One of the reasons for dizziness is a lack of oxygen to the brain. Taking deep breaths helps oxygen reach your head.
- Drink water. If you’ve become dizzy from heat exhaustion or from overexertion, you’ll need to replaced fluids lost from sweating.
- Remove any restrictive clothing. Sometimes we may not realize it, but a too-tight pair of jeans or even neck collar can be preventing proper circulation. Loosen pants, ties or collars and let blood and air flow.
- If you can, try focusing on an object in the room. It will not only distract you somewhat from the spinning feeling, but it will also help you regain your equilibrium.
Consider the Following:
What caused this dizzy spell? Are allergies or a cold to blame?
If you’re a frequent coffee drinker or smoker, this could be the culprit. You may need to cut back or quit the activity that is contributing to dizziness.
If you’ve experienced an illness or upset stomach recently, this could be the contributing factor in your dizziness. Losing bodily fluids at a rapid pace can lower blood pressure. If you’ve experience fever, diarrhea or vomiting, you could be dehydrated.
Menstruation can cause women to feel lightheaded, if she loses too much blood. I some cases, a doctor may need to prescribe or suggest an iron supplement.
Are you taking any prescription drugs? The side effect might be dizziness. If you think you might be experiencing an unpleasant side effect from a drug, consult with your doctor to make sure this is normal.
If you’re feeling anxious or stressed out, keep in mind that this could be the cause of your dizziness. The best way to handle this is to take on less strenuous activities and/or remove oneself from the source of stress.
Be Wary of:
Bleeding. A large loss of blood or even a small loss over time, can lead to dizziness. It’s possible to not even know about the blood such, for instance, if it occurs in the digestive tract. h If you find blood in your stool, contact a physician, as it could be a sign of an internal problem.
Fainting. Typically fainting (syncope) is not a cause for concern, but repetitive fainting may point to a more serious matter, such as an abnormal heartbeat.
Ear infections. If you think your dizziness could be caused by a recent cold, you might want to consult with your doctor to see if there is an ear infection.
Chronic dizziness. This could be a sign of vertigo, a symptom of a serious balance disorder.