Being dizzy and feeling unwell can make it hard to navigate your day-to-day life. When you have vertigo, simple tasks can be impossible if you have trouble moving around.

Vertigo is more complicated than just being dizzy from time to time. When you have vertigo, your entire world and surroundings feel like they are moving in front of your eyes. It can make it impossible to move your head without feeling that sickening swooping sensation.

Get all the details about vertigo from our AFC Urgent Care TN team below.

Where Does Vertigo Come From?

Vertigo is a symptom related to a specific condition, but the most common conditions have to do with imbalances within your inner ear. Migraines, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) or labyrinthitis are all common reasons to experience vertigo.

Some cases of vertigo only last for a few seconds, but more severe cases can last for days to weeks on end. If that happens to you, it is always encouraged to seek out a medical provider to be evaluated.

Additional Vertigo Symptoms

  • Intense spinning or world shifting sensations
  • Inability to move or bend without making it worse
  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
  • Motion sickness
  • Nausea/vomiting

Are There Any At-Home Vertigo Remedies?

While there are some things you can do to lessen your symptoms, vertigo will typically go away in time. However, relief is always appreciated, especially if you are nauseated. You can take some anti-nausea medication or some ginger drops, and move slowly throughout your day to reduce the spinning sensation.

If you have BPPV-induced vertigo, there is a series of head movements that your medical team can help you move through to adjust the calcium deposits in your ear. Once the balance is restored within your ears, you will likely feel relief almost immediately.

Minimizing Vertigo Symptoms

  • Stand up slowly.
  • Sleep with your head elevated.
  • Avoid turning your head; turn your whole body instead.
  • Squat to pick up something instead of bending over.

If your vertigo becomes severe or is recurrent, it is time to be evaluated by a medical provider. Drop by one of our AFC Urgent Care TN locations to be seen quickly!