FAQs Dizziness

FAQs Dizziness 2017-04-07T19:57:04+00:00

I have dizziness and have heard about crystals floating in the ear. Could this be causing my problem?

Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV) is a condition that is caused by small particles called otoconia which can become dislodged and mobile in the inner ear. When this happens, certain movements of your head, like rolling over in bed, will cause an intense, but short episode of spinning dizziness. This condition usually resolves on its own, however, a trained caregiver can perform a repositioning maneuver that will resolve the vertigo almost immediately. There are many other causes of this type of dizziness, and it takes a specialist familiar with diseases of the inner ear to determine the cause for any specific case. The hallmarks of BPV, however, are: it is short in duration, usually lasting less than one minute during an attack; it occurs only with certain movements of the head, like rolling in bed; and it has no other symptoms associated with it, like hearing loss, pain or drainage from the ear or ringing in the ear.

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