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Vertigo

Vertigo is a condition where an affected individual has a false sense of motion with their own movements or in relation to that of surrounding objects. The affected individual therefore loses the power of balancing him or herself.

What causes vertigo?

The ability to balance oneself is derived from the sense of touch, from the eyes but mostly from the ears, mainly thru the vestibular mechanism of the inner ear. Any interference with the vestibular mechanism will result to vertigo. One may experience a sense of vertigo on a swing with your eyes close or while riding a boat.

A condition which causes severe and sudden vertigo is Ménière's disease where there is a loss of function of the inner ear likely due to a build-up of fluids. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Is another common cause of vertigo resulting from a sudden position in the head. There are many other causes of vertigo including migraine , epilepsy and brain tumors.

What is the treatment for vertigo?

Patients who suffer from vertigo need to lie down in a dark, quiet room. If a particular cause is identified, the individual should then have an appropriate treatment. In addition, drug therapy may also help. Drugs available for vertigo include hyoscine, antihistamine drugs, and phenothiazines.

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