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Is Vertigo Dangerous? how to deal with vertigo attack


Is vertigo serious? VERTIGO literally means that you and your surrounding are spinning or moving. It can be classified to peripheral and central according to the location of the dysfunction of the vestibular system and pathway.


Vertigo is caused by problems or disorders related to the inner ear. The inner ear plays a very major role in the balance of the body movements and the gravity of the individual on posture as it sends the signal to the brain related to it. And the other common causes are BBPV which is abbreviated form of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo which occurs when small calcium particles accumulate in the canals of the inner ear.

The other cause for vertigo is Menieres disease which is a disorder of the inner ear which is caused by the accumulation of fluid in the canals and thereby changing the pressure in the ear. It will ultimately end in the disturbance in ones posture causing spinning movements. Vestibular neuritis which is otherwise called as labyrinthitis is the infection of inflammation of the inner ear which is mainly related to viral infection. The infection affects the nerve present hence disturbing the signal impulses for sense balance. Vertigo can also be a result of injury of head or neck, stroke or tumor, migraine headaches or certain medications.

  • Dehydration
  • Vertiligo during pregnancy
  • vertigo ear infection
  • vertigo fatigue
  • vertigo from inner ear infection
  • vertigo from lack of sleep


The signs or symptoms are often aggravated or triggered by change in the position of the head. The symptoms often may last for about few hours and may come and leave. The sufferers often describe the symptoms as spinning, swaying, unbalanced and/or often being pulled to one direction. The other symptoms that are accompanied are nausea, abnormal movement in the eye which is termed ad nystagmus, headache, sweating, ringing sound in the ear, blurred vision, motion sickness, fullness, ear pain.

Is Vertigo Serious/Fatal?

Recurrent attacks affect the quality of the life very badly as the most common symptom of the vertigo “spinning” cannot be readily tackled by the patient alone. It will prevent patients from enjoying the beautiful moments in life. You could imagine how pathetic it would feel when one has the fainting feel always or the fear of its attack. Vetigo attacks are even a worse feel and experience. They won’t be able to stand by themselves. All these symptoms make them withdraw themselves from social interactions, travelling or attending functions.

The intensity of dangerousness depends on causative factors, associated diseases, and systemic health of the patient. Vertigo itself has been a symptom for many conveying the tumor or cancerous condition in the body. As the signs and symptoms can be sudden or insidious, it leaves the patient in a fearful condition to lead life. If the symptoms are persistent it almost conveys that the danger lies with the central nervous system. It is better to rule out the causative factors before hand and get it treated rather than to sit back and have a wait and watch approach towards vertigo as it can end up in dangerous proportions in life both mentally ill and physically.


It is crucial to rule out the causative factor of the vertigo as many factors can end up in vertigo, the treatment and rehabilitation changes according to the causative factors, the accompanied symptoms and the systemic health of the patient. There have been reported cases of vertigo that relives by itself without any treatment. In those lucky people the brain is able to adapt itself to the inner ear changes and will depend on other available mechanisms to balance the posture and gait of the body.

The common treatment includes vestibular rehabilitation.

  • Vestibular rehabilitation

It is a physical therapy that strengthens the vestibular system thus maintaining the signals sent to the brain about the movements of head and neck related to the gravity. This type of treatment is recommended for recurrent attack of vertigo. It also trains the other sense organs in the body to compensate for attack of vertigo.

  • Canalith repositioning maneuvers

This method includes a series of specific head and body positions that will reduce the number of vertigo attacks and reduce the intensity of the attack. This is mainly done for those who suffer from BPPV as these posture will help to move the calcium that are deposited out from the canals in the inner ear. When these deposits reach out they are absorbed by the body. The movements are safe and effective but it’s common to have vertigo during the treatment. The rate of success of the treatment approach is high.

  • Medications

It is usually antibiotics or steroids that are prescribed by the doctors if the vertigo is caused by infection. It will help to reduce the inflammation, swelling and cure the infection. In case of Meniere’s disease diuretics may also be prescribed. The other class of drugs prescribed is anti cholinergic, anticonvulsant, antihistamines and beta blockers.

  • Surgery

In few cases surgery is also suggested by doctors if it is caused by serious causes like tumor or injury of head, neck or brain.

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