Sudden dizzy spells can happen to anyone. They occur for a variety of reasons, and most of the time there’s nothing to worry about. If you are experiencing them frequently, however, there might be something going on that should be addressed by an ear, nose, and throat doctor.
Why Am I Dizzy?
Dizziness can be a sign of a condition such as vertigo, but it can also be a short-term spell that stems from any number of reasons, such as:
- Heat or exercise
- Motion sickness
- Illness, such as a head cold or ear infection
- Dehydration or anemia
- Low blood sugar
These are just a few of the common causes of short-term dizzy spells. Anemia, dehydration, and ear infections can indicate additional issues, so be sure to seek medical attention if these are ongoing or seem to be a larger problem.
If your dizziness seems to be from a short-term source like the possibilities mentioned above, you can do a few things to combat the dizziness, such as:
- Sit or lie down
- Avoid caffeine or alcohol
- Avoid sudden movements or standing
- Take action to reduce instances, like exercise, better diet, and more water intake
- Talk to your doctor about your medication
Always speak to your doctor if you’re concerned, and seek medical help if symptoms persist or if you have additional symptoms that accompany the dizzy spells.
When to Seek Immediate Medical Help
If you experience any of the following along with your dizzy spell, be sure to seek medical help immediately:
- Chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
- High fever
- Head injury
- Vision issues (double vision or loss of vision)
- Difficulty walking
- Vomiting (ongoing or severe)
- Slurred speech or droopiness in the face
Southwest Idaho ENT Can Help
Southwest Idaho ENT can offer long-term solutions to some of the causes of dizziness. Contact us at (208) 367-3320 to learn more.