NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy
Otolaryngology located in Sheepshead Bay & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
If the world won’t stop spinning even if you’re standing still, you may have a condition known as vertigo. To alleviate this uncomfortable sensation and prevent your risk for falls, receive a comprehensive evaluation of your vertigo symptoms at NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy in Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge of Brooklyn, New York. The board-certified physicians possess comprehensive experience in diagnosing and treating vertigo. They offer innovative in-office diagnostic testing and customized treatment solutions to get you back on your feet. Schedule an appointment for a vertigo exam online or by phone today.
Vertigo Q & A
What is vertigo?
Vertigo is a condition that causes you to feel dizzy when your head is in certain positions. You may also feel as though the room is spinning, even if you’re standing still.
In many cases, vertigo is the result of a medical issue in your inner ear. It can also result when you take certain medications or if you’re prone to having motion sickness.
What are the symptoms of vertigo?
In addition to a dizzy feeling, you may also feel frequently lightheaded or like you may faint. Vertigo can also make you lose your balance when standing still or walking.
Symptoms of vertigo can be made worse when you stand up or move your head in certain directions. In some cases, vertigo can cause significant nausea that can result in vomiting and the sudden need to sit down.
A disruption in your balance may increase your risk for falls and related injuries. Don’t delay medical treatment if you have frequent falling episodes. You should also seek medical attention for vertigo that lasts for several days without relief and is accompanied by other symptoms, such as:
- Severe headache
- Breathing difficulties
- Double or blurry vision
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
You should also get medical help if you have any changes in your hearing ability.
How do ear issues cause feelings of vertigo?
Your inner ear is responsible for helping you keep your balance. Inside the inner ear are sensors that address motion and tiny crystals that detect gravity. If there’s too much pressure, infection, or damage in your inner ear, it can affect the signals these sensors are sending to your brain.
The crystals in your ear may also move out of place, affecting how your body responds to gravity.
Essentially, the dizzy or faint feelings you have is the result of your brain trying to process your surroundings.
What treatment options are available for vertigo?
Depending on the length of time you experience vertigo and the severity of your symptoms, your otolaryngologist at NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy may recommend one or more treatment options to restore your balance and hearing.
For some, use of medications, including antihistamines, may treat vertigo and relieve symptoms like nausea. If your inner ear issues result due to infection, your physician may prescribe antibiotics.
The team creates a custom treatment plan to address your vertigo symptoms and help prevent future episodes. Learn more about treatment options available for vertigo by calling the office or by using the online booking feature.