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Vertigo Causes and Treatments

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Vertigo is a form of dizziness that makes you feel as though you’re moving or spinning even when you’re stationary. It’s a symptom of an underlying condition involving either your inner ear (peripheral vertigo) or your central nervous system (central vertigo)
  • The most common cause of peripheral vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which occurs when crystal deposits in your inner ear become dislodged and end up in your ear canal. As you move, the crystals disrupt the flow of the fluids, confusing your balance organs, resulting in dizziness
  • Other ailments that can contribute to peripheral vertigo include Meniere’s disease (abnormal production of fluid inside your inner ear), inner ear inflammation and acoustic neuritis (nonmalignant tumor in the cranial nerve of your inner ear)
  • Common underlying causes for central vertigo include traumatic brain injury or concussion, stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain and/or spinal cord tumors and vestibular migraines
  • Conventional and alternative treatment strategies for vertigo are addressed, including self-treatment options at home and helpful supplements and essential oils

Vertigo is a form of dizziness that makes you feel as though you're moving or spinning even when you're stationary. As noted by the National Health Service of England, vertigo is a symptom of an underlying condition involving either your inner ear (peripheral vertigo) or your central nervous system (central vertigo), it's not a condition in its own right.

In severe cases of vertigo, you may find it difficult to maintain your balance sufficiently to carry out everyday tasks. It can also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, abnormal eye movements, headache, sweating, tinnitus, double vision and lack of coordination.


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