North Hills ENT

Vertigo

Vertigo is the sensation that you or the room are moving when there is no actual movement.

Causes and Concerns

Causes of vertigo include:

  • A migraine
  • Inner ear infection (viral or bacterial)
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) – This is caused by a sudden movement of your head (if you were to turn your head quickly to one side to look at something).
  • Meniere's disease – This condition causes objective vertigo, hearing loss, pressure in the ear, and tinnitus. Meniere’s disease can come and go, and you may experience symptoms for several weeks or months.
  • Acoustic neuroma – This is a tumor in the nerve tissue that causes vertigo. In addition, you will experience tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and hearing loss with an acoustic neuroma. Once the tumor is removed, the vertigo will subside.
  • Neck injuries and head trauma – Once the neck or head injury has healed, the vertigo will disappear.
  • Cerebellar hemorrhage – This is by far the most serious condition that can cause vertigo. A cerebral hemorrhage is a life-threatening condition, and these occur during an accident (car accident, skiing accident, falls where you land on your head, or hitting your head.)

Signs and Symptoms

There are many signs and symptoms that can accompany vertigo. If you or someone you love has any of these, you should consider calling for an appointment with one of our expert ear specialists. Symptoms and signs that are concerning include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nasal congestion and drainage
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Earache
  • Hearing Loss
  • Frequent falls

Solutions and Options

Vertigo that is caused by cerebellar hemorrhage is a medical emergency, so you should seek healthcare immediately. If the vertigo is caused by an infection, then the doctor may give you oral or IV antibiotics. For other causes of vertigo, there are a variety of solutions and options to consider. The treatment depends on the cause.

With the exception of the cerebellar hemorrhage, most cases of vertigo are easily treated. If you or someone you love is experiencing vertigo, call today and make an appointment with one of our ear specialists. Let us help you find a solution to your symptoms.

Call us at 817-595-3700 to schedule an appointment.

Additional Reading:

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/vertigo/article_em.htm#vertigo_overview