Vertigo Treatment Online

Vertigo, often associated with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), is a sensation that causes someone to feel like the room is spinning or they are spinning.

Vertigo

Vertigo symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Trouble balancing
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Vertigo Online

Vertigo occurs when someone gets the feels like the room is spinning. The most common cause of vertigo is an inner ear problem. Issues with the inner ear cause vertigo because the inner ear sends signals to the brain about body movements as it relates to gravity. Some inner ear issues that cause vertigo include:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which occurs when one changes their position quickly, such as standing or sitting up. This type of vertigo can result from small calcium deposits that clump in the inner ear canals.
  • Meniere's disease, which is a condition of the inner ear that occurs when fluid builds up in the ear or when there is a change in pressure.
  • Vestibular neuritis, also known as labyrinthitis, which is an inner ear condition related to a virus.

Other potential causes of vertigo include head injuries, brain problems, and headaches. While vertigo has similarities to dizziness, it’s predominantly characterized by a feeling of spinning when one is standing still. Dizziness also encompasses unsteadiness and lightheadedness.

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to vertigo. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for vertigo is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of vertigo may include:

  • Canalith repositioning
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Nausea medication
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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • Are there any home remedies for vertigo?

    Certain lifestyle changes may help lessen the symptoms of vertigo. These include stress management, yoga and tai chi, an adequate amount of sleep, hydration, and vitamin D.

  • How long does vertigo last?

    Vertigo symptoms will vary depending on the type. For Meniere's disease, vertigo symptoms can range from 20 minutes to 24 hours. Meanwhile, for BPPV, symptoms can last up to a week or longer.

  • Do any exercises help with vertigo?

    Doing Brandt-Daroff exercises will help with vertigo symptoms, especially for people who have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and labyrinthitis. The Brandt-Daroff exercise involves starting in an upright, seated position. From there, lay down on one side of the body with your nose pointed slightly up, remain in this position for 30 seconds, and then repeat on the other side. This exercise can help the body get accustomed to confusing signals that cause vertigo.

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