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Do You Have Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Peripheral vertigo is a form of dizziness involving your inner ear. The most common cause of peripheral vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • BPPV occurs when crystal deposits in your inner ear become dislodged and end up in your ear canal. The crystals disrupt the flow of the fluids, thereby confusing your balance organs, resulting in vertigo — the feeling of movement or spinning even though you’re stationary
  • If a doctor diagnoses you with BPPV, he or she may recommend physical therapy to shift the crystal deposits in your inner ear into a location that won’t affect your balance
  • There are several different particle repositioning procedures that can accomplish this, including the Epley and Foster maneuvers. If you suspect you have BPPV, you can also try these at home to achieve relief. Instructions are included
  • BPPV that is unresponsive to repositioning maneuvers may be treated with the drug betahistine. An all-natural alternative is to take ginkgo biloba, which has been shown to be just as effective as betahistine

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common forms of peripheral vertigo, meaning it stems from a problem in your inner ear, and not your brain, BPPV refers to a condition in which calcium carbonate crystal deposits in the labyrinth of your inner ear become dislodged and end up in your ear canal.

While your outer ear canal, eardrum and middle ear are involved in the transmission and interpretation of sound, your inner ear is not directly involved in hearing. Instead, the organs in your inner ear act as a gyroscope that informs your brain about your body’s position in space and coordinates with your brain to balance your body as you move.

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