Anil K. Gupta, MD
ENT located in Royal Oak, MI
Dizziness itself is rarely a life-threatening condition, but it does increase your risk of falling and injuring yourself. Driving a car or operating heavy machinery while experiencing dizziness increases your risk of an accident. If an existing health condition id the cause of your dizziness, there could be long-term consequences of leaving your dizziness and the underlying health problem untreated. If you experience dizziness, call Dr. Gupta at Gupta ENT Center in Royal Oak, Michigan to schedule an appointment to rule out potential health problems and to seek treatment for your dizziness symptoms.
Dizziness and Imbalance Q & A
What is dizziness?
Dizziness is the term used to describe a variety of sensations, including the feeling that your surroundings are spinning or moving when you are sitting still, feeling faint, woozy, or unsteady. Dizziness is a condition that negatively affects your life, results in balance problems, and is among the most common reasons adults visit the doctor.
What are the causes of dizziness and imbalance?
Dizziness symptoms can be triggered or worsened by standing up quickly, walking or moving your head in a particular way. Some people experience intense dizziness episodes that cause nausea or the need to sit or lie down and rest. Dizzy spells may last just a few seconds or could last several days at a time. Dizziness may be caused by underlying health conditions, such as infections, injuries, or poor circulation. Other common causes of dizziness include:
- Head trauma
- Certain medications
- Inner ear disturbance
- Ear infections
How are balance problems diagnosed?
Diagnosing balance problems can be difficult because of the wide variety of causes. An appointment with Dr. Gupta to address balance problems will include a review of your symptoms and medical history in addition to testing to determine the cause and severity of the problem. Dr. Gupta has advanced balance testing equipment in his office.
Possible tests may include:
- Full hearing evaluation
- Eye movement tests
- MRI or CT scans of your brain
- Study of your posture
What are the treatment options for balance problems?
After Dr. Gupta has determined the cause of the balance problems, he will determine an appropriate treatment option. Underlying health conditions, such as ear infections discovered during testing are treated first. Balance problems may also benefit from medication, surgery, physical therapy or exercise, or dietary changes. If your medication is the cause of balance problems, the dose may be adjusted or a new medication prescribed.