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How to deal with a vertigo attack

Updated February 21, 2017

Vertigo is not just feeling dizzy, but a feeling of movement when you are still. A vertigo attack can also cause nausea and vomiting. Causes of vertigo can be inner ear problems, head injuries, migraines, viral infections and drug interactions. Vertigo can be temporary or long term from more serious conditions. Learn how to deal with an attack of vertigo to stay safe and alleviate the symptoms.

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  1. Feel out of balance suddenly. This is a common symptom with an attack of vertigo. You may feel as though the floor is rising up to you and your balance will be out of sync. You can lose your balance and fall.

  2. Feel as though your body is spinning or whirling, even though you are still. This too is a common symptom of a vertigo attack. This will cause your balance to be off and cause difficulty in walking safely.

  3. Feel like you are tilting or have falling sensations. These are also common symptoms of a vertigo attack. These sensations will cause difficulty in walking or standing and may cause a fall.

  4. Move slowly if an attack hits suddenly; get to the couch or bed safely while your balance is off.

  5. Lie down slowly, keep your head elevated by propping yourself up. Lying flat tends to make spinning sensations worse.

  6. Keep your head still to reduce the feelings of motion and deal with an attack of vertigo.

  7. Have a garbage can and tissues handy, in case you have nausea and vomiting.

  8. Remain still in bed or lying on the couch until the vertigo attack passes and you feel your balance is back in sync.

  9. Remove obstacles from walkways and paths; make sure there are no electrical cords to trip over, remove raised thresholds, pick up throw carpets and tack down loose carpeting.

  10. Place handrails in hallways and stairways; if you feel that you are losing your balance it will be a safety measure to grab on to. Install grab bars inside your shower and next to the toilet. Place non-skid mats inside the shower.

  11. Keep a flashlight and fresh batteries at your bedside. Also keep a cordless phone on your bedside table in case of emergency.

  12. Install remotely operated lights and switches; this will save you from having to reach for them when you are having an attack of vertigo.

  13. Warning

    Never mix alcohol and drugs as this can cause or worsen vertigo. Vertigo can be a side effect of some drugs; call your doctor if your new prescription is causing vertigo. Call 911 immediately if you have any loss of movement or function with vertigo; this can be a more serious condition.

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